October 2007

Just a flying visit here this morning. It’s the munchkin’s second birthday today and I’ve invited a few of her little friends around for a little tea later on….maybe not my best plan with the stress of the weekend, but the munchkin will love it. I’m going to try and do a proper little birthday post (with photos!) later on.

 A little update on my nephew now, he’s not doing so well now. It was decided last night that he needed a lumbar puncture to check whether the infection has spread to the fluid around his brain as his infection is now worsening. He’s still with my sister and not in special care which is good, and he has managed to have a couple of proper feeds, but the latest news is worrying. Hopefully I’ll be able to post better news later or tomorrow.


I haven’t got much news other than he weighed in at 5lb12oz, so not as small as Mum implied to me (tiny to me would be about 5lb4oz or less, my nephew weighs 1/2lb more than I did when I was born). He was still in special care last night, but doing ok. My sister may be discharged today (but I’m not sure about that, I only heard it from Dad and he’s been very confused over the weekend – so much so I was asked not to call him until Mum was home).

I know it’s not much of an update, I didn’t get back from church until just after 9 last night and when I called Mum she was already asleep in bed (she’d had to leave my sister to look after Dad). I’ll know more later today and update then. Thanks for the thoughts/prayers.



Dad was wrong, my sister is doing better and has had her drips and drains removed but definitely won’t be out yet. The good news this morning is that my nephew is out of special care and back with my sister. He’s not interested in feeding but my sister is managing to express for him and they’re dribbling little bits in to him when they can.

Much better news, we dont’ know when they’ll be out as they’re both on high doses of antibiotics but it’s great he’s with her now.

My sister’s waters broke on Friday morning, she was induced yesterday and early this morning was diagnosed with a big infection. My nephew was born by emergency caesarian at about 9am (I think). He wasn’t breathing initially, but is now coping on his own, but he’s in special care as it seems he has caught the infection from my sister. Mum said he’s also tiny (he was measuring large when he was having scans for his brain a couple of months ago, so something has happened there, he was born at 37.5 weeks), but I haven’t got an exact weight.

Mum said that my sister is doing ok, relieved that he’s been born and isn’t as bad as he could be, but is still very worried. I imagine that she’s barely seen him because of the caesarian.

My Dad’s also not coping too well with Mum being down at my sister’s and having friends popping in to check on him, he’s getting quite confused.

If you can spare any thoughts/prayers for everyone I’d be really grateful. I’ll update later when I get any more news.

I’ve just set up my bloglines (thank you, munchkin for sleeping well!), not sure how quite to work it all, but I now have 44(!) feeds set up there so hopefully I can keep track of my favourite blogs a little better. There are more blogs than this on my blogroll and I’ll just try to pop by the others every so often, I’m not even sure 44 on bloglines is few enough! We’ll have to wait and see.

I was a little worried about my friend coming to stay this week (she basically invited herself) and after a couple of weeks of us being poorly and trying to get back into a routine I thought that it’s be hard work, but it was great. I last saw her at our mini college reunion in the spring and it was great to see her again. We didn’t exactly do much but just relaxed and for her it was a change of scene (what I think she needed after a busy term at school). I cooked us a full roast dinner on Tuesday which was yummy (except the vast quantity of washing up a roast leaves behind) and Wednesday was spent pottering around the house and then shopping in the afternoon. She left yesterday morning for her train back up to the distant north (she’s almost a Geordie 🙂 ).

Yesterday was a lovely day. It was Mr H’s birthday and hence we had a cooked breakfast before he went to work (nicely timed also to set my friend up for her journey home) and cake later in the day (which was why we had to go shopping on Wednesday as he wanted a chocolate caterpillar cake – he’s 26!!! – made by M&S bu they didn’t have any in stock). We also had a visit by the health visitor. The mucnhkin is doing incrediably well for her age in everything except her speech, but that’s near enough that she’s not worried at the moment. Her vocabulary is increasing (exponentially at the moment) and she’s starting to string words together. The health visitor was very impressed by the munchkin’s builing skills, she got out a little pile of bricks expecting her to make a tower of 4, the munchkin used all 7 and then looked for more 🙂 I’m not sure how she does it but she’s very good at making stable towers, maybe she’ll be an engineer like her father!

A definite benefit of having R staying with us is that we have a babysitter on hand (not that we used her before last night). Mr H and I went out for dinner and then on to the cinema as a spur of the moment extra (dinner wasn’t great – Wetherspoons, get your food descriptions accurate and have the currys in stock on curry night! Neither of us could have our first choice of curry, and mine was no way a mild curry, I supposed it serves us right for not going to a proper curry house but we’re skint!). We saw Ratatouille, and it was fantastic. One of the best films I’ve seen in ages (ok, so I haven’t been to the cinema for at least 2 1/2 years, but we’ve bought DVDs in that time), almost, though not quite, on a par with Shrek. We loved it. Definitely one I’d recommend (ok, you get the idea!)

We’ve got a reasonably busy weekend ahead (Mr H helping with recabling the church PA tomorrow, then church morning and evening – I’ve been offered a lift and achance to sing in the worship band in the evening, something I’ve wanted to do for ages), but we have got the house to ourselves as R is away for the weekend at a wedding. It’s nice to be just the three of us for a bit. I still haven’t set up bloglines, hopefully by Monday……

… I haven’t got long, my friend is due to arrive any time in the next 2 hours, had a busy morning getting everything sorted (though I still need to get Mr H to dig out the air bed) and have managed to bake some scones this afternoon (the munchkin’s new favourite food!).

I don’t think I’m going to b able to say hello at all tomorrow, hopefully on Thursday (though probably not until the afternoon as the health visitor is coming for the munchkin’s two year check in the morning – I can’t believe my baby is going to be two in exactly a week!). I’ve still not got anywhere with bloglines…one day!

Well, after the weekend when I had hoped to have a good go at getting the bloglines set up I am exactly where I was on Friday….. i.e. nowhere! We got back from our morning trip to Sainsbury’s (nightmare as they’re redeveloping the store, everything has moved and it’s got sections closed off so seems more crowded than ever), Mr H sat down at the computer to sort his emails and it turned itself off! Cue 3 hours of him working out what was wrong before we had to go and buy a new power supply and pray that that was all that had blown (he was saying there was a chance that when the power supply went it could have taken absolutely everything else with it!). Thankfully once he’d installed the new power supply everything worked fine (but a good thing about marrying a techie geek, he could sort it himself without calling anyone out 🙂 ), but he then decided to update and install the new virus software we have so that was the end of computer use for the day (it took until 11pm for the computer to finish scanning itself and it’s a good thing that Mr H did that as the new software found a couple of viruses in some of our junkmail – we’re fairly careful about not opening blatant junk so we were ok from them – but it’s a pain). When we eventually got back from church yesterday (Mr H was on PA so we had to be there early and we didn’t leave until after 12:30) Mr H took over the computer to look at the upgrades the church system needs (he was sat there until 6:30 and I started getting the munchkin ready for bed – he’d been oblivious to everything going on around him, but that’s a whole other story!). After then it was time for our dinner and some unwind time before bed.

I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to look at it today either. The munchkin has molars on the move so is grouchy and clingy (she normally naps 1-3pm, I’ve just had to put her down now 11:30 as she’s so tired and down) and there’s some housework type stuff that I really ought to do as we have one of my college friends coming to stay tomorrow as she wants to get away briefly for half term. Maybe I’ll get it done by this time next week….

The latest news from my sister is that her labour has stopped (thank you doctor on Friday who told her baby would have been born by the end of the weekend), no signs as yet of it starting again. We all thinking (and hoping for her sake as she’s getting very sore and fed up) that my nephew will be born within the next week though.

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