The Friday Focus – 22/04/16

I feel as though I am on the cusp of change this week – with two significant decisions being made that both have an impact on where the future is likely to lead us.  We found out that Jessica has been given a place at our local infant school which we are very pleased about.  It was the only choice we’d put down on the form as it’s so close to where we live.

Feeling like we are on the cusp of change after two significant decisions this week.  My word of the week is "cusp"

The day after finding out about Jessica’s infant school place, I received a phone call to arrange Jessica’s cardiac catheter procedure, which is scheduled for June.  This is the first step on the path to her next major surgery, which we know might take place before she is due to start school.  Knowing that we are about to step back on to the hospital rollercoaster once more has left me feeling somewhat unsettled.  I often find myself wanting to slow down time but these two things have really made me wish I could freeze the moment and keep everything just the way it is now, because right now I have everything I could ask for.


Unfortunately, I have no power to stop time, or even slow it down a little – all I can do is just make the most of these carefree days we have together before the changes start to come upon us and enjoy every moment of them.


Things I have loved this week:

A fun night out with fabulous bloggers - And Then The Fun Began, Le Coin de Mel, Free Range Chick and Mummy Tries

Meeting other heart families at the Little Hearts Matter open day

  • Having fun playing with the wind-up bus book that we bought at the Baby & Toddler show last weekend.

The wind-up bus book from Usborne books - a fabulous interactive book with a jigsaw map of London

  • Catching up with one of hubby’s school friends who was over from Australia. We last saw him at his wedding when Jessica was four months old and it was lovely to see our girls and his son playing together.
  • Seeing the pretty rhododendrons in bloom in the Temple Gardens at Langley Park.
  • Watching the girls having fun weaving fairytale magic whilst exploring the Temple Gardens and having fun climbing trees for the first time.

Weaving fairytale magic at Langley Park

  • Jessica telling me repeatedly: “I love you Mummy. I love you soooo much!”
  • Planting sunflower seeds in the garden.

Two little girls busily planting sunflower seeds in the garden


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35 thoughts on “The Friday Focus – 22/04/16

  1. So pleased Jess got into her school but I can imagine you just want to freeze the moment bless. All those loves and I love yous are so lovely. Looks like a fab week and meeting bloggers is always brill!! Xx #wotw

  2. Glad Jessica got the school you wanted. It must be very worrying being on the cusp of more treatment, I would want to stop time too. It sounds like you’ve had a good week though. x

    1. Thank you Karen – it is worrying especially now we have dates in the diary for procedures. That aside though, it was a good week x

  3. What a lovely week you have had. I can understand why you want to freeze time now, it’s always hard when there are difficult times ahead. xx

    1. Thank you Anne – it’s certainly hard to see ahead knowing that there is a big surgery looming.

  4. Sounds like just the right word for you this week, those are two very big events looming up on the horizon. There are those moments when you want to stop time, aren’t there? Hope you manage to squeeze every second of fun out of the time you do have before hospital and school intrude. Must be reassuring to get the school place you wanted, though, I hope Jessica’s looking forward to going. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    1. Thank you Jocelyn – Jessica is looking forward to going to “big school” especially as so many of her friends will be going to the same school. I’ll definitely be trying to make the most of the time before she starts though!

  5. Sending you big hugs! These are two huge moments and I can understand why you wanted to freeze time.
    Apart from them it looks like you had a great week!

  6. I can’t imagine the highs and lows your going through right now.
    Congratulations on getting the school you wished for and keeping everything crossed for the operation that when it is scheduled it all goes smoothly and recovery is quick! Xxx

  7. Aww emotional times ahead . I understand your wish to freeze time. Loving the photos of your littlies. I think my daughter has the same coat. May you continue having lots of positives and lovely memories.

    1. Thanks Helena. The coat is one that was handed down from Jessica – it’s a lovely coat isn’t it? 🙂

  8. I’m so glad Jessica got her place in the school of your choice 🙂 I know what you mean about wanting to slow done or even freeze time. And looks like you had a lovely evening with all the other lovely bloggers 🙂 As for Jessica’s op in June, sending prayers and positive thoughts over blogosphere. x

    1. Thank you Dean. It was a lovely night out and overall it has been a good week, even if the big decisions have left me feeling a bit unsettled x

    1. It was a fun meet-up, so lovely to catch up with blogging friends. Mel is lovely – fun and full of life is a very good description of her 🙂

  9. What a mixed week, it must to so difficult to think about the future operations she will have to face, sending all my love. Lovely week though huni and a night with blogging pals is always a winner x

    1. Thank you so much Aby – it is difficult to think about what lies ahead but living in the moment helps ease that a little x

  10. I find it hard enough thinking about Mabel going to school without hospitals and operations to think about too. I can understand why you want to freeze time! We saw that book at the baby and toddler show, I nearly bought one, it looked so good, my girls would love it.

  11. It sounds like you had a lovely week. I can’t even begin to imagine how you feel. My dad’s heart issues have been hanging over us for the past month and we have been all so unsettled by it. Thankfully he had an appointment in the week and hopefully it is just an age related thing. Sending hugs #WotW

    1. So sorry to hear about your dad’s heart issues Jane and hope that things improve soon.

  12. It’s great news about Jessica’s school, I remember with my two that it can be quite an anxious wait. But what a mixed bag of emotions thinking about the next round of operations for Jessica. I cannot imagine what this must be like for you all. Sending love & hugs
    Sounds like you had a lovely week and I read about your night out via Mel – it’s great when virtual friends become real friends
    Have a lovely week, thinking of you

    1. It was a lovely week, thank you Tracey – but yes a big bag of mixed emotions with the wait for surgery and getting ready to start school x

  13. I cannot imagine how you are feeling about June, I will be keeping everything crossed for you. Glad you had a nice night out with the other blogging girlies. Thank you so much for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

  14. Hooray for getting your first choice of school – such exciting times ahead! I’m not surprised you are feeling unsettled at the moment, these are such huge things that are about to happen. It sounds like you had a great week otherwise, I hope your night out helped take your mind off things. Thanks for linking up with #HappyDaysLinky x

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