Monday, June 20, 2016

Pacing clinic...

All good at pacemaker clinic for Charlie this morning - he's grown another 5cm in 6 months so is now 153cm. (At this rate, by the next appointment he really will be taller than me...)
Sats straight in at 90% which is right where we like them, and an estimated 7.5 years of pacemaker battery left.
And relax...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Just remembered...

...that I left you all dangling about our surprise destination!!
The weather could have been a bit better, but we had a fab time!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Still excited!

They don't exactly know where we're going (the sign on the front of the train says Brussels...) but they're both excited anyway!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two excited kids...

Ok, so they aren't particularly excited on this pic, but I took it yesterday and couldn't believe how grown up they're both looking.
Anyway - they're both excited because they know we're going out this afternoon, but they don't know where...
And they definitely don't know that they probably won't be back for a few days.
Nor that by this time tomorrow they won't even be in this country any more!!
I just love surprises! Pete and I are such devious parents! (Watch this space!)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Slow down!!

Ok, so I posted the other day with Charlie's new passport photo, saying how grown up he's getting all of a sudden.
Well, today has really hammered that home.
We were at a softplay place today inside a big kids' shop - I said Rosie could have a quick play while Chas and I sat in the coffee shop. (He's too tall/old for softplay these days - not to mention that ball pits have lost their appeal for him a bit nowadays...)
There's a kids' shoe shop next to the café, so I thought we'd get his feet properly measured while we were waiting for Rosie.
And he's a size 6. He still has stupidly narrow feet - just like my dad - but his feet are now a whole size bigger than mine.
I'm not sure why that feels like such a big deal, but it does.
Just like the way he's grown out of the boys' t-shirts in Gap, and has to have XS or S men's ones now. Gulp.
And to top the lot, I had to call the hospital with his INR result earlier, and the cardiac liaison nurse was telling me that once he hits 13 he'll have a new CLN - who specialises in helping with the transition to adult cardiac services.
He'll be taught to do his INR testing himself, will be responsible for texting his results to the hospital and managing his dosage, plus the doctors will talk to him, not to me when he has consultations. They'll also start advising him on managing his condition alongside all the other stuff that comes with growing up.

Since we found out about Charlie's heart when I wasn't even half way through my pregnancy, we have hoped and prayed that he would do well.
And my goodness, he has.
He's done better than we ever hoped he might.

And when he was little, it was almost like we were always wishing him on to the next milestone - teething, talking, walking, reading, going to school - all the things that we wanted to tick off the huge list of things that we'd been frightened he might never get to do.

But all of a sudden, time seems to be galloping by. He is growing into a young man, and an amazing one at that.

He's loving secondary school, loving all the stuff he does at the theatre, planning for his first trip abroad without us, clearing out lots of his old toys and books...

I saw this pic on Facebook the other day, and it sums it up pretty well!

Charlie would laugh and roll his eyes at me if he saw what I've just written, but sometimes I really do wish there was a pause button on life!!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Fun with the Bunny!

Happy Easter everyone! So on Friday, Rosie and I headed for the garden centre for a date with the Easter Bunny.
She had such a lovely afternoon, while Pete and Charlie sat on the other side of the restaurant, ate crisps and played on their phones!
She had an Easter activity sheet to fill in, a yummy tea, an egg hunt with 'Alice in Wonderland' (that resulted in a bag full of sweeties), a big hug with the Bunny himself, an egg cookie with lots of icing and sprinkles for decorating, AND a bag of chocolate eggs, a cuddly bunny and a cuddly duck.
It really was a lovely afternoon.
Nanny has been here since yesterday because she went to have an eye operation at a hospital near us, so she's been staying here until her vision clears again. Needless to say, the kids have loved having her here, and Rosie was all lined up for a game of pirates when Nanny came home with an eye patch on!
We've had a lazy Easter Sunday - lots of eye drops to remember, lots of chocolate to be eaten, and a rather spectacular roast lamb dinner, courtesy of Pete.
We've nothing much planned tomorrow, but are looking forward to catching up with Charlie's heart friend Thomas and co later in the week. (We were supposed to catch up in February half term, but Rosie was ill that day!)
We're hoping to maybe get away for a couple of days the week after next, as Pete has a few days off work. However, Charlie is very keen to get his new, grown-up bedroom painted white, so we'll have to see.
Watch this space!

Friday, March 25, 2016

This is a bit scary...

So, Charlie just had his photo taken for his new passport and his school bus pass.
How did my little boy suddenly get so grown up?!
The fact he has to maintain a 'neutral expression' probably doesn't help (it certainly adds to the 'convict mugshot' quality...) but he's getting so big these days. There's not much of the little boy left anymore.
It's bittersweet - I sometimes really miss the cute little blond boy who was toddling around when I first started this blog in 2006, but at the same time, I never really dared even dream this far ahead - it is so amazing to see him grow and thrive, and head towards independence. It won't be long before the teenage years are upon us.
Priceless, amazing, miraculous and terrifying all at the same time!
Bring it on!