The Friday Focus – 19/02/16

We’ve had a poorly Sophie for the last couple of days thanks to an attack of croup. It’s resulted in some rough nights for us all and lots of time indoors having snuggles during the day. She fell asleep in my arms on Wednesday – which is almost unheard of these days. Whilst it wasn’t nice that she was poorly, I have to confess I did quite enjoy having my sleepy bubba in my arms for a while. Yesterday was a little better, so fingers crossed that she is on the mend now. Jessica has been quite concerned about her little sister and constantly asking her “are you okay, Sophie?” and wanting to “gentle Sophie” (Jessica-speak for stroking Sophie’s hands and hair). It’s lovely to see the concern although it’s not always been very well-received by a grumpy Sophie!

Croup - this week's word of the week - The Friday Focus 19/02/16 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Trying to keep both girls amused whilst being stuck indoors has been a little challenging at times – thank goodness for crafts and baking! Fortunately we did manage to get out and about earlier in the week before the croup struck and enjoy some fun moments together.


Things I have loved this week:

  • An afternoon with hubby’s cousin and her two children who were visiting from Luxembourg.

Catching up with cousins - The Friday Focus 19/02/16 - Little Hearts, Big Love

  • Having a spare room all ready for guests thanks to hubby moving furniture around and putting the day bed together.

Our new day bed - The Friday Focus 19/02/16 - Little Hearts, Big Love

  • A movie evening with the girls, snuggling on the sofa together watching Toy Story and eating popcorn.
  • Learning how to grow vegetables at the Innocent Sow and Grow event.

Having fun at the Innocent Sow and Grow event - The Friday Focus 19/02/16 - Little Hearts, Big Love

  • Going for a walk at Langley Country Park and making the most of some sunshine.

Fun at Langley Park - The Friday Focus 19/02/16 - Little Hearts, Big Love

  • Having an indoor picnic.

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39 thoughts on “The Friday Focus – 19/02/16

  1. Oh no poor Sophie. Croup is so horrid. Hope she’s a lot better now and you all had a lot of fun with your guests. You’ve reminded me to get some growing kits for me and z to grow things 🙂

  2. I sounds like you’ve had a lovely week, but poor Sophie, Croup is horrid! I do hope she’s feeling better very soon x

  3. Oh I do hope little Sophie is feeling better. I hate it when they have a bad cough, you feel helpless and it always keeps them up at night, doesn’t it? Really do hope she gets over it soon! As always I do enjoy seeing photos of your little girls, they always are adorable! 🙂 #wotw

    1. Thank you – yes, these things are always worse at night. Thankfully Sophie is much better now though 🙂

  4. Oh, the photos of them together are just gorgeous! Sorry to hear Sophie’s been poorly, croup is awful. Both of mine have had it and it’s a horrible illness. Hope she’s on the up now x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Croup is horrible – on the plus side, we haven’t needed to blue-light into hospital as we did when Jessica had it! Sophie is feeling much better now, thank you 🙂

  5. Aww poor Sophie! But yes I agree the snuggles are nice. Sounds like Jess was a lovely nurse. Hope you had fun with your visitors and I bet it was nice to get out in the winter sun 🙂 hope Sophie better now xx #wotw

    1. Thanks Sarah – it was good to get out for some of the week at least and thankfully Sophie is much better now 🙂

  6. I do hope Sophie is better. Croup is awful. You do sound like you have made the best of your week though despite her illness. x

    1. Thank you Louisa – I was glad we managed to get out and about before it struck and thankfully Sophie is much better today 🙂

    1. Thanks Kim – we did at least manage to enjoy some time outdoors before she was unwell and she’s now feeling much better 🙂

    1. Thanks Karen – we did have a lovely time at the country park and Sophie is now feeling better so we’re looking forward to getting outdoors a bit more this week! 🙂

    1. Thank you Jane – we did manage to have a nice week in spite of the croup and fortunately Sophie is feeling much better now.

  7. Hi Louise, I hope Sophie is on the road to recovery and I know exactly what you mean about enjoying a snuggle with a child when they are sick. They are so small and vulnerable that you just want to squeeze them tight.

    It sounds as if you had a busy week despite Sophie getting sick and as always I love the pictures of your girls, they always look so cute.


  8. Oh poor Sophie, I hope she is starting to feel better now.
    Sounds like you still made the most of your week though.
    The movie evening sounds perfect, we love to do that too 🙂 x

    1. Thanks Jayne – I was glad we managed to get out and about before the croup struck! Thankfully Sophie is feeling much better now 🙂

  9. I hope she’s feeling better now, bless her. Looks like you had a really good week in spite of her being poorly though 🙂

  10. I hope health comes back to your house! We have been down with the flu this past two weeks – it’s making its way around everyone in the house. That’s so nice you got to see the cousins from Luxemburg – how exciting!! I bet the girls enjoyed that. #HappyDays

  11. So sweet that Jessica wants to give Sophie ‘gentles’, that’s gorgeous! I hope that Sophie’s on the mend now, and that you got plenty of snuggles in the meantime. Looks like a good week with plenty of highlights, a movie night with popcorn and Toy Story sounds like lots of fun!

    1. Thanks Robyn – it is lovely that she wants to help make her sister feel better. She still a bit under the weather today but hopefully will be back to her usual happy self again soon.

  12. Awww how lovely that Jessica wanted to look after Sophie. That’s really made me smile. It sounds like you have had a good week despite the croup, I hope that Sophie is all better now, it’s not nice when they are poorly but one silver lining is the cuddles

  13. Sorry to hear Sophie has been poorly. Croup is rotten. What a fab week otherwise though, the Innocent event sounds great. I want to grow some veggies this year! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

  14. Croup is so nasty isn’t it? Thankfully Little G seems to escape it these days but I remember those nights well. Hope it is all behind you for this round.
    Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

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