Friday Focus 19/01/18 – Back home again

We’ve been settling into being back at home this week and re-adjusting to normality once again. Jessica was discharged on Saturday after two and a half weeks in hospital – our shortest surgical stay to date! It has been lovely to be back home as a family again. I’ve been doing some home schooling with Jessica as she’ll be off school until half-term and Sophie has enjoyed being back at preschool and seeing her friends again.


Home - this week's word of the week


It’s been a bit of a quiet week on the whole. Other than the preschool run, we’ve mostly stayed indoors to give Jessica time to rest and recover. It’s been nice to have a slower pace of life and not feeling the need to rush about here, there and everywhere. We have a post-surgery follow-up appointment at the hospital today which I’m a little anxious about but hopefully it will show that all is well.


Things I have loved this week:

  • Surprising everyone at church by turning up to the church parade service with both girls there and in their Girls’ Brigade uniforms the day after Jessica came home from hospital.


Jessica and Sophie with one of the Girls' Brigade leaders at church


  • Snuggles on the sofa with Jessica and Sophie.


  • Being able to sleep in my own bed again.


  • A surprise visit from my mum and sister.


Jessica and Sophie with my mum and sister

  • Having lunch at the church café.


  • Catching up on the new series of Inside No. 9.


The Reading Residence


  1. January 19, 2018 / 10:06 am

    It’s fantastic that you were able to go home so quickly, Jessica is such a tough little cookie. I hope today’s appointment goes well. Have a lovely weekend x

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks Angela. I was so impressed that we were home so soon and all went well at the check-up too 🙂

  2. January 19, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Aww! I think you all deserve to take things easy after what you’ve been through…
    Good luck with the appointment at the hospital. I hope it all goes well. x

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you Kim. It has been good to have a quiet week! The appointment went very well, thankfully x

  3. January 19, 2018 / 11:10 am


    Small children love familiar routines, so being back at preschool should help Sophie readjust — not forgetting the snuggles on the sofa! Two-and-a-half weeks must seem a long time to a four-year-old.

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      Thank you. It felt like a long time for me – I can imagine it must have felt longer for Sophie. Thankfully she is starting to feel more settled now.

  4. January 19, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Yay, it’s wonderful that Jessica is home already and your family is back together. You can breathe again now, it’s all over, now it’s time for healing and relaxing xx

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      Thank you Anne. It is good to be home again and have that time to relax and recover! x

  5. January 19, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    It’s great that you’re all home together again, Jessica’s doing so well. I hope the appointment goes well today and that Jessica’s recovery goes from strength to strength x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn. It’s lovely to be home again and Jessica’s appointment went well x

  6. January 19, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    I love routine it keeps me save. I am glad your girl is at home and safe X #wotw

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:56 pm

      Thank you, it is lovely to be home and getting back to normality again x

  7. January 20, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Oh, lovely to hear Jessica is back home now; what wonderful news! I’m sure it feels great to all be back together as a family again, and for home comforts to be surrounding you all. A happy weekend to you all! #WotW

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you Jade, it is lovely to be home again 🙂

  8. January 20, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    I’m so glad she’s home and doing well, hope the appointment goes well.

    • Louise
      January 20, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you Karen. Everything looked good at the appointment which was reassuring 🙂

  9. January 21, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    Louise this is wonderful, we take family life or granted don’t we and having it all temporarily taken away must be so awful I am so glad you are all back at home together x

    • Louise
      January 22, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you Sarah. It is easy to take the ordinary family moments for granted. So lovely to be back at home and able to experience them all again 🙂

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