Friday Focus 16/03/18 – Proud mummy moments

It’s been a tough term for Jessica so far, but her report at parents’ evening this week made me very proud. Despite having an attendance rate of around 20% this term, she has managed to keep up at school and settled back in after her surgery as though she had never been away. It’s a relief too to know that she’s doing well and that the homeschooling we did with her helped her keep up.


The word "Proud" with a smiley face for the "u"


Last week’s virus left Jessica quite wiped out at the start of this week. I ended up having a chat with the cardiac liaison nurse about Jessica’s lack of energy which helped to reassure me that it was probably due to her needing a bit more time to recover from the virus. We started her back at school on Tuesday doing half-days again for a couple of days. Yesterday was her first full day since she went off sick, and she coped well with it. I know that her school will call me if she is struggling energy-wise but hopefully she is now getting back to her normal self again.



Things I have loved this week:

  • Having fun at Chessington at the preseason annual pass weekend. I’m looking forward to being a Chessington Blogger Ambassador again this year.


Jessica and Sophie having a cuddle with the Gruffalo


  • Hubby taking me clothes shopping so I could finally get myself some maternity jeans and a couple of new tops.


  • My lovely Mothers’ Day cards and presents. I especially liked the watch that Jessica made for me.


The watch Jessica made me for Mothers' Day with "pearl" buttons and a clock face that goes up to 16 o'clock


  • Watching Jessica and Sophie hand out Mothers’ Day posies to everyone at church.


  • Jessica doing her own word drawings having seen my sketch book full of my “words of the week”. I’m tempted to use some of them for future Friday Focus posts!


Jessica's words with illustrations - first word I'm not quite sure about, second word is "Mummy" and third word is "Wethre" (weather)


  • Managing to get both girls to go to sleep by 7.15pm one evening. Not quite sure how I managed that one but it’s almost unheard of for them to settle down so early.


  • Being back at Sophie’s French and Tiny Talk classes after several weeks of not being able to make it to them.


  • Being able to see the girls’ faces again after finally managing to get their hair cut.



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24 thoughts on “Friday Focus 16/03/18 – Proud mummy moments

  1. Well done Jessica, she’s doing brilliantly despite how tired she’s feeling. I’m not surprised you are feeling very proud. The girls look very happy to see the Gruffalo, he’s not as scary as his reputation. Hope you all have a lovely restful weekend x

    1. Thank you Angela, it is so lovely to hear that she is doing so well in school. The Gruffalo at Chessington is a very cuddly and friendly one 🙂

  2. It’s brilliant that Jessica’s managed to do so well with all that she’s had to cope with and missed time from school, you’re so right to be proud. I’m glad she’s feeling better now and is recovering well from last week. Looks like you’ve had a lovely week, we keep meaning to visit Chessington, we will get there one day! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  3. Louise,

    It must be reassuring to know that Jessica’s school will take appropriate action if she doesn’t have quite as much energy as usual. But hopefully you’ve seen the last of the effects of the virus.
    The watch that Jessica made for you is just what lots of us need — we could do with more hours in the day ;o)

    1. Thank you, fingers crossed we are getting back to normal now. The watch did make me smile and yes I could certainly do with more hours in the day! 🙂

  4. Well done Jessica for keeping up with school and you for the homeschooling. It is great that the school are so supportive. I hope she is feeling more like her normal self soon….
    It sounds like you had a lovely week….

    1. Thank you Anne. The watch did make me smile – if only there were 32 hours in a day in reality! 🙂

  5. Bless Jessica, what a little superstar. Well done for being Chessington ambassadors again, we’re hoping to make it there at some point this year.

    1. Thank you Nat, hope you manage to make a trip to Chessington this year. I’m sure your girls would love it there 🙂

  6. I love your final comment about the haircuts, that made me smile. And the bedtime is always a bonus when the time goes according to plan (some adult chilling time). #WoTW

    1. Thank you – it is nice when bedtime goes well and I get a little bit of extra time for myself in the evening! 🙂

  7. It’s fantastic to read that Jessica is doing incredibly well despite her attendance. Congratulations in becoming ambassadors for Chessington again I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun with the girls. #WotW

  8. Ah well done Jessica it must have been so hard for her, and I love that Sophie is following your love for art and drawing Louise. I haven’t been to Chessington since I was a teen. You will be fab ambassadors xx

    1. Thank you Sarah – we’re looking forward to some more fun days out at Chessington again this year

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