The Friday Focus – 05/12/14

After last week’s dramatic week, I was hoping for a calmer week this week. To some extent that has been the case, mostly due to Sophie being quite

Friday Focus 05-12-14 00She had been a little unsettled on Friday night but seemed back to normal on Saturday morning as we headed off to a Christmas party and was quite happy for the first half of the party. By the time Father Christmas arrived though, Sophie was starting to feel hot and so as soon as we had seen Father Christmas, we gave her some Calpol and started to head home (an hour and a half’s drive away). By the time we reached the motorway services though, she was very lethargic and shaky and we were concerned enough to stop and call 111 (again!) who felt she should be seen by the out-of-hours GP. We ended up with an out-of-hours appointment at a hospital 30 minutes’ drive from home at 11.30pm – by which time Sophie had perked up again and was giving the doctor smiles! There was no sign of any ear or throat infection so it was just put down to being a virus. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were mostly spent having snuggles on the sofa with a very poorly Sophie who just wanted to cuddle up to Mummy and sleep, occasionally waking up to breastfeed but not wanting to do anything otherwise. Thankfully she is starting to get back to her usual self now, and we are really hoping that Jessica avoids whatever bug it was that Sophie had.

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Out and About:

Both girls seemed to enjoy the Christmas party for the heart families that we went to on Saturday (at least until Sophie started to be unwell) although neither seemed particularly impressed by Father Christmas (the presents went down quite well though!)

Friday Focus 05-12-14 01Friday Focus 05-12-14 02With Sophie being unwell, we had several days confined to the house but finally got out yesterday to go to toddler signing and have a wander around town seeing the Christmas lights, watching people skating on the ice rink and having lunch with Grandma. It felt good to finally be out of the house again!

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Fun at home:

Jessica has enjoyed doing a lot of drawing and sticking this week and making some more Christmas cards. Her drawing skills are coming along beautifully and I was very impressed by this drawing of some people that she did:

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Time for me:

Grandma looked after the girls for an hour or so on Monday so I could go to the chiropractor – it wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience but I felt so much better for it afterwards!  I did also manage to get another cushion made this week.

My happiest moment:

Finally seeing my baby girl smiling again after being so listless and sad for several days.

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Next week I would like to:

Work out some harmonies for the duet that Michael and I are doing for the Christmas concert at our church and start wrapping the Christmas presents for the girls.


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  1. December 5, 2014 / 6:46 am

    You’ve captured some gorgeous moments here in between all the illness lovely. Really hope Sophie is on the mend now? My baby is okay but the girls have got horrible coughs and my toddler has been up half the night *sigh* BIG HUGS xxx #WotW

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you – sorry that it is all lingering with your family – really hope that they all are better soon. Sending virtual hugs your way and hope you get some more sleep soon as well xx

  2. December 5, 2014 / 9:22 am

    I hate it when they’re ill like that. It must be such a relief to see her smiling again. Let’s hope that’s you all out of the woods now for a while x

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Iona – still a little bit subdued but lovely to get some more smiles again 🙂

  3. Louisa
    December 5, 2014 / 10:51 am

    It is awful when our little ones are poorly. It’s lovely to see her smiley face now that’s she on the mend.
    Jessica’s cards are great, handmade cards are the best #wotw

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you – seeing those little smiles coming back is wonderful. I love Jessica’s handmade cards too 🙂

  4. December 5, 2014 / 11:25 am

    Poor Sophie, I’m glad she’s feeling better now. You’ve still managed a really busy week though!

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you – yes not quite sure how I managed to achieve quite so much given it really did feel like I spent most of the week sitting on the sofa having snuggles! 🙂

  5. December 5, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    Ah, and what a smile, too! So pleased she’s on the up now, and I do hope Jessica doesn’t get it. I hate that period after a virus when you’re just watching the other child for signs! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 9:33 pm

      Thank you – it is lovely to see those beautiful smiles again and fingers crossed for a healthier week this week! Lovely to link up to #WotW each week – thank you as always for hosting 🙂

  6. December 5, 2014 / 1:27 pm

    Oh no, hope Sophie is feeling so much better now. I hate it when the little ones are poorly, it really is worrying. I’m feeling a bit under the weather right now, but us grown-ups can take it right? 😉 #wotw.

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 9:37 pm

      Thank you – she is getting there – still a little subdued but so lovely to see those smiles returning. Hope you feel better soon too x

  7. December 5, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    Aww sorry to hear she’s been so poorly, though lovely to see the smiles back at the end of the week! Xx #wotw

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you – yes so lovely to see that smile coming back again 🙂

  8. December 5, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    Aww! Lovely to see that last photo of her smiling! Adorable!
    Glad she’s feeling better now 🙂 x

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 10:41 pm

      Thanks Kim – has been lovely to see the smile coming back 🙂

  9. December 5, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    Seem like a day full of joy. In a way I envy you. I have grandchildren but they are already grownups 🙁

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you – trying to enjoy the moments whilst they are little as I’m sure these days will fly by

  10. December 5, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    Oh poor Sophie! And I feel for you on that journey home. Glad to see that she’s feeling a bit better now and that you’ve had some positives this week as well – onwards and upwards! Xx #wotw

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 10:45 pm

      Thanks Sam – yes, fingers crossed for a healthier week! 🙂

  11. December 6, 2014 / 12:50 am

    Horrid to see them poorly, glad she was better for seeing the Christmas lights.

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you – yes, glad she is starting to get better again 🙂

  12. Jess @
    December 6, 2014 / 10:13 am

    I’m sorry Sophie was poorly for most of the week; I’m glad she is feeling more perky now and hope that Jessica didn’t catch it 🙂 It looks like you had a good end to your week though. #HappyDays Jess x

  13. December 6, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Oh dear I’m sorry that Sophie has been so poorly and really hope that Jessica doesn’t come down with it too. It’s lovely to see Sophie’s smiling face in the last pic and hopefully she’s on the mend now.

    Goood luck working out your harmonies for the concert. I am very jealous as I can’t hold a tune in a bucket!

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Vickie – has been lovely to see her smiles again and fingers crossed for a healthier week next week 🙂

  14. December 6, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Oh gosh I am so sorry Sophie has been so poorly. Although what a big beautiful smile she has in that last picture! Hopefully she will be all better soon x

    • Louise
      December 6, 2014 / 11:10 pm

      Thank you – it has been lovely to see her smile again 🙂

  15. December 7, 2014 / 8:25 am

    It’s that time of year isn’t it?
    My little man has been poorly and has generously passed it on to me. *cough cough*
    Great pics, lovely smile in the last one. 🙂 x

    • Louise
      December 8, 2014 / 12:11 am

      Thank you – lovely to see that smile back again 🙂

  16. December 7, 2014 / 9:20 am

    I remember commenting on one blog about how we are lucky that my son hadnt caught any virus yet. Well I jinxed myself and last friday my son vomited on the streets and is feeling poorly since then. Good for you that Sophie is better now. Hopefully my son will be too soon =) #wotw

    • Louise
      December 8, 2014 / 12:14 am

      Oh yes, so lovely to have that smile back 🙂

  17. December 7, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear Sophie was so poorly but happy to see her lovely smile by the end of the post.
    I think Santa is a bit scary when you’re young – I’m still a bit scared of him now.

    The girl’s matching tartan dresses are adorable!!

    Thanks for linking up with our #HappyDaysLinky

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • Louise
      December 8, 2014 / 12:23 am

      Thanks Jenna – so lovely to see that smile back again and yes, I think Santa can be a little scary when you’re little. Lovely to link up again to #HappyDaysLinky, thank you for hosting x

  18. December 9, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    Isn’t it always the way- they perk up as soon as they get to the doctors!!! Glad she is on the mend though, it must have been such a worry for you!
    Glad you had a good week overall, thank you so much for joining in with our #HappyDaysLinky xx

    • Louise
      December 9, 2014 / 10:46 pm

      Thank you – it has been quite worrying but so lovely to see her back to her normal happy self now. Lovely to link up to #HappyDaysLinky each week x

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