We had our appointment at Southampton this week to discuss Jessica’s next surgery with her surgeon. At the moment we are still waiting for a date for this surgery to take place but are expecting it to take place in the next month or two. The surgeon who will be doing Jessica’s operation was in theatre carrying out an emergency procedure but we did talk to a member of his team who explained more about the operation that Jessica will be having and the concerns relating to her specific anatomy.
Jessica has taken it all in her stride, as she generally does. She loved having a tour of the ward and making the most of having time in the playroom there. I’ve been asked several times now how many sleeps there are until her big “sleepover” at the hospital. For us as parents, the surgery is a scary but necessary prospect; to Jessica, it is a big adventure. Seeing how well she is coping with it all helps make it a little easier for me to be strong for her.
Things I have loved this week:
- Meeting up with friends from university days and watching our girls having fun together. My friend Zoe is an outdoor children and family photographer and we had a lovely photoshoot while we were catching up. I have only seen a few preview photos so far, but the one below that she took of my girls together is absolutely beautiful.
- Catching up with another two friends and meeting their new baby boy for the first time. It was lovely to see how gentle Jessica was with him and how much she wanted to help – pushing his pram and helping give him a bottle.
- Hunting for elves and fairies in the woods at Black Park.
- Watching Jessica and Sophie playing with their fairy garden at home.
- Home made ice lollies.
- Doing some science experiments with the girls. They especially enjoyed making a volcano in the garden.
- An afternoon with friends from Girls’ Brigade and watching the children having fun outside and climbing trees. I have to admit I did get quite twitchy when Jessica climbed up to a branch at my head height and made herself comfy there – thankfully she did manage to get down quite safely!