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Friday 12th April 2019

J will be 9 months old in 4 days time

J is in hospital :-\
He has had a head cold the last few days and yesterday he was very cranky which I put down to teething. Last night I put him to bed around 8pm as usual but he woke up crying around 11pm. DH went to check him and said he felt very hot so I checked his temperature and it was 39.8c  :eek: I gave him Calpol and he slept til 7am when he woke up bawling crying again. It wouldn’t be like him to wake up crying...usually he plays happily in his cot for a while when he wakes up....so I checked his temperature again and it was 39.2c. I phoned the gp clinic as soon as it opened and got an appointment for 10am.

The gp examined him and said he has a throat infection and infections in both ears. She told me to immediately bring him to be checked in the paediatric unit a&e in our local hospital coz his breathing was a bit labored, I had said he wouldn’t eat or drink for me and because of his complicated medical history/previous breathing difficulties.

I spent about 8 hours with him in the paediatric unit a&e where he was examined by various doctors and nurses, had bloods taken from the back of both of his tiny hands and a cannula put in (it was awful because it took ages and he screamed the place down while I tried to comfort him  :-\), had a chest X-ray and was put on a nebuliser to help his breathing. Around 7pm he was finally admitted as an inpatient for iv antibiotics and iv fluids. He badly needed the fluids because he wouldn’t drink anything all day despite me trying various liquids with him. The diagnosis is severe tonsillitis  :-\

DH offered to stay overnight at the hospital with J because he knows I wouldn’t be able to sleep a wink on the very uncomfortable pull out chair beds they have in the rooms for parents so we swopped over duties and I went home to look after P and R. Luckily we had our childminder T to look after them and do the school runs during the day today.

Hopefully J will recover quickly once the iv antibiotics and fluids start to work their magic  ^pray^
 

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Sunday 14th April 2019

J will be 9 months old in 2 days time

J is still in hospital  :-\ Tonight is his 3rd night there  :-\
I spent the day at the hospital with him yesterday and DH stayed overnight with him again last night.  Either me or DH has to be with him 24 hours a day, we don’t have any family help with the children so we are relying on friends/neighbours to step in to look after P and R for us whenever we need to swop over looking after J.

Poor little J was still having very high temperatures during the day yesterday but during the night last night his temperature dropped below 35c so the consultant wants him to stay in overnight again tonight and he will reassess him tomorrow morning. They have changed whatever iv antibiotic he is on to a different one to see if that will help him recover more quickly.

Last night while DH was looking after him, J somehow managed to pull the cannula out of the back of his hand so he had to have it put in his tiny foot instead. DH said he screamed the place down again while that was being done  :-\

Today his temperature was in the normal range all day but he is drinking very little and he will only eat yoghurts  :-\
 

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Thursday 18th April 2019

J is 9 Months 2 Days Old

J got released from hospital on Monday afternoon so he was just 3 nights incarcerated this time. I worked out that in the 9 months since he was born J has spent 40 nights in various hospitals. He was 5 nights in the maternity hospital with me after he was born, then 32 nights in the children’s hospital from when he was only 5 weeks old and now 3 nights in the local hospital  ??? Hopefully that’s the end of hospital stays for us but I’ve learned the hard way that you are very lucky if your childern are not sick so now I take one day at a time and hope for the best  ???

J is on antibiotics for another few days but thankfully he seems fully back to his cute playful self. He was visibly absolutely delighted to be home again on Monday. He was very fed up of being stuck in a little room in the hospital and towards the end of his stay there the only way I could stop him from whingeing was to carry him up and down the corridor so he could see what was going on in the world outside the room. He is delighted to be back going around in his walker at home now and back playing with P and R  :)

My diet and exercise regime went to pot over the weekend when I was stuck in the hospital but I got back to the healthy eating and exercise on Tuesday. I went training with my running group on Tuesday night and last night we all competed in a 4km road race. I finished it in 22 mins 29 seconds  :)  I am delighted with that. I didn’t go to WW yesterday because P and R are off school at the moment for Easter holidays and I didn’t want to bring them and J out of the house early in the morning.

I've spent all day today at the hairdressers treating myself to a new look! I've gotten the dark colour I had stripped from my hair and a full head of highlights and much lighter colour put in. I wonder what Mr Shamrock and the kids will think of it when I get home. I look completely different but I think I like it  :)
 

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Sunday 21st April 2019 (Easter Sunday)

R is 5 years 3 weeks old
J is 9 months 5 days old

We are having a lovely Easter weekend so far  :) The weather is beautiful...it was about 21c warm and sunny yesterday so we spent most of the day outside. We brought P, R and J to T playground. They had a great time playing and eating ice-creams. J loved the baby swings  :) I brought R across the road from the playground with me to an old church ruins, high tower and really old graveyard. He was fascinated by the old gravestones and got me to read out the names on every single one.

J is the cutest little thing ever! Yesterday evening he was playing hide and go seek with me at home. He was in his walker and I was hiding behind different things like curtains, doors and chairs and he was coming to find me. I would peak my head out a few times and jump back in when he saw me.  When he would get to me and find me he would do a high pitched squeal with delight and start laughing. He was sooo damn cute looking with his big brown eyes I had to kiss the face off him every time he found me. He absolutely loved playing the game  :)

My tummy feels sick this morning because I had an Indian takeaway and two bottles of Corona Light last night followed by me eating a full terry’s chocolate orange and packet of crisps by myself  :p Ughh ...my day had started great...I got up early yesterday morning and did our local 5km park-run. I did it in a new personal best of 28.44 minutes  :) it nearly killed me though because it was too warm out even though it was on at 9:30am. I’ve discovered I much prefer to run when it’s cold out or even when there is light rain  ::) Anyways I feel sick from eating crap so hopefully I will get back on track with my healthy eating today.

The Easter Bunny visited our garden last night when the kids were tucked up asleep in their beds and he hid little chocolate eggs everywhere so there will be great excitement this morning when P and R go out to try to find them  :)
 

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Wednesday 1st May 2019

J is 9.5 months old

I did it !! I got to my goal weight in Weight Watchers this morning  and I even weighed in 0.5lbs under goal  ^clapping^ ^banana^ ^clapping^ ^banana^ ^monkey^ ^Exercise!2^ ^banana^ ^clapping^ ^banana^  ^clapping^
I'm delighted with myself  :)

I didn't make it to WW the last 2 weeks because the kids were off school and I didn't want to bring the 3 of them to class with me. When I weighed in this morning I was down 3.5lbs from the last time I was there. I had a few takeaways and drinks and plenty of Easter chocolate in the last two weeks but I have been jogging/running 3 times a week religiously since January so I think that has speeded up my metabolism.
I have lost 18 lbs since I rejoined WW in October so it has taken me nearly 7 months to get to goal but during that time I have still lived my life and enjoyed myself  :) I'm finished with all fertility treatment and child bearing now so hopefully I should be able to maintain my goal weight this time...no excuses :)

J is doing great. He has 3 teeth now. His 3rd tooth finally broke through the gum about two days ago. He has his first two teeth for months. He can now wave bye bye and he looks so adorable when he does it  :) He is extremely cute looking  :) Sometimes I can't believe he is mine, that he is finally here after all the heartache of the ivf cycles in the last few years. I finally feel complete and very happy with my lot  :)
 

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Sunday 12th May 2019

P is 6 Years 2 Months Old
R is 5 Years 1.5 Months Old
J will be 10 Months Old in 4 days time

I'm so proud of P. She performed in her first ever ballet show today in a theatre with an audience of about 250 people and she is dancing again in the same show tonight (Alice in Wonderland). She looks super cute in her pink sparkly costume. I'm really proud of how confident she is on stage and for going backstage on her own an hour before the show started. 
 

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Wed 29th May 2019

P is 6 yrs 2.5 Months Old

It was a big night for P last night coz the tooth fairy finally visited our house for the first time ever to collect Ps first tooth to fall out and she left €5 and some chocolate coins under Ps pillow. P was feeling very generous this morning because gave me the €5 and shared the chocolate coins with R  :)

J had a developmental check up with the public health nurse last week which went great. He is doing everything he should be at this stage and more. The nurse commented a few times on how clever he is  :)

R is doing great too. He can now count to 10 in Irish (as gailge).

3 weeks to go to our holidays. The 5 of us - me, DH, P, R and J are going to Lake Garda, Italy for 2 weeks!
 

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Friday 28th June 2019

P is 6 Yrs 3.5 Mths Old
R is 5 Yrs 3 Mths Old
J is 11.5 Mths Old

It's a few weeks since I last posted here...I've been busy  :)

When I last posted here P had just lost her first tooth. Well, in the 2 weeks after that the tooth fairy was very busy because P lost 3 more of her teeth. She has now lost the two top ones and two bottom ones at the front and her adult/big teeth are already starting to grow in their place.

In the 2 week period that P lost her 4 teeth J was very busy growing new teeth and he now has 8 teeth! Every time P lost one J seemed to grow 2 more overnight  ::) I told P that the tooth fairy must have been sprinkling her fairy dust on J while she was collecting Ps teeth from under her pillow  :) The tooth fairy left €5 under Ps pillow each time she visited and every single time P gave me the €5 and told me to buy myself something nice ...Ahhhh  :)

Today is Day 9 of our two week family holiday to Italy. We are having a great time despite an unexpected heatwave across Europe. Yesterday it was 38c here! Thank God for the swimming pools and air conditioning !!

We spent the first 3 days of our holiday at an apartment with a beautiful olive tree walled garden in Torri del Benaco. One of those days we went on the cable car to Monte Baldo where the scenery was absolutely stunning and we sat right beside paragliders on the top of the mountain and watched them getting ready then literally running off the mountain and flying out over the lake. The kids were amazed and they loved it.

A great memory I will always have from Torri del Benaco was one night when we went for dinner by the harbor then we watched a really good band singing on the side of the street and R danced like crazy in the street then danced all the way home to our apartment much to the amusement of everyone who saw him  :)

We are now staying in a bungalow at a campsite for 7 nights and then we have 4 nights in a villa in the mountains at Lake Iseo before we go home. Our bungalow here now is on the shore of Lake Garda and myself and DH have a beautiful view of the lake from our bed  :) We have a terrace off our bedroom and I imagined we would sit out on it at night sipping wine while the kids were tucked up in their beds/cot but the first night we sat out we were eaten alive by mosquitos despite having repellant on so we haven't braved it since  ::)

P and R are having a brilliant time here. They absolutely love the swimming pools so most of our day is spent there. We bought them snorkel masks and they have both gotten really good at snorkelling in the pool and swimming under water. R especially is not afraid of the water at all.

I had a very scary incident a few days ago at the pool. I was watching all 3 kids on my own while DH went to the loo and R went down a small waterslide with an inflatable ring around his waist and he landed upside down in the water and got stuck under the inflatable ring and he couldn't get to the surface. I was at the side of the pool with J on the ground and I was keeping an eye on R and P at the same time so I immediately saw what had happened to R. In 5 seconds flat I made sure J was safe, I screamed at a woman in the pool to help R (she had her back to him so didn't see what had happened) and I jumped into the pool with my shorts and t-shirt on and my mobile phone in my hand and rescued R from almost drowning :eek: Once I got him to the side and made sure he was ok I burst into tears from the shock of it. Needless to say R was immediately banned from using the inflatable ring. He was absolutely fine once he had finished coughing up water...he just got a fright. During the incident my phone sunk to the bottom of the pool and a woman got it out for me. I thought it was a goner but by some miracle when I dried it out in the sun it was working perfectly  ???

We have been to Gardaland amusement park twice since we got here. To he honest none of us really enjoyed it. It's too hot for it with the heatwave at the moment and we all agreed we much preferred the shows and amusements at Portaventura last year.

Another highlight of the trip was when I brought P to a pizza making class the other day and she learned how to make a mozzarella pizza which she got to bring home to eat. I'm bringing R to do the same class today :) P and R love the mini disco that is on every evening and the show that is on after it. P is brilliant at copying the dancers on stage. I am amazed at how good she is at doing the Macarena  :)

J is getting on well even though the heat has him zonked. He is really enjoying people watching and eating pasta. He also loves the swimming pool  :)
 

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Tuesday 30th July 2019

P is 6 Yrs 4.5 Mths Old
R is 5 Yrs 4 Mths Old
J is 1 Year 2 Weeks Old

When I last posted we were on holidays in Italy……The rest of our holiday went well. We had a lovely time at the villa in the mountains. It was an air bnb place with a home restaurant where we were served delicious home cooked food on our veranda. It felt like we were living like the other half with our own personal chef and waiter!

Since we got home from holidays:

- J has come on in leaps and bounds in his development. He is now comando crawling everywhere very quickly, he can move easily from sitting to crawling back to sitting again and he can pull himself up standing at furniture. He is not moving around the furniture yet He is into everything and spends his days playing and exploring. He doesn't watch tv at all coz he is too busy to sit still. It is almost impossible to change his nappy because he keeps flipping over :) For the last two months or more he will only eat if he can feed himself. Now if i want to try to spoon feed him something I have to use 3 spoons. Two for him to hold in both of his hands and one for me to try to sneak food into his mouth while he thinks he is spoon feeding himself ::) He is very strong and if he is holding something he wants there is no way you will be able wrestle it off him :) He eats almost everything put in front of him and he especially loves blueberries...they are like an elicit drug for him that he can't get enough of ;D

- P and R started private one to one swimming lessons last week ...well technically one to two lessons because the instructor is teaching both of them at the same time. R has no fear of the water at all and will happily stick his face/whole head in while P was a lot more cautious at the beginning but by the end of the first lesson she was putting her face in while holding a float and kicking her legs.

- Yesterday P completed day one of a three day 'learn to cycle' camp where she is learning how to cycle her bicycle without stabilizers. The camp is just for 1 Hour 15 mins per day and then I am helping her at home to practice what she has learned. She did brilliantly on day one and has already mastered balancing on her own while pedaling with someone holding the back of her top :)

- P and R are enjoying the summer holidays off school. I am still only working 2 days per week (Going to 4 days per week in Sept). On my days off we have picnics in the park and plenty of playdates and every weekend we have a family day out when the 5 of us go somewhere. Last weekend we went to an adventure park with huge waterslides. R of course had no fear and went down them all countless times. P was as usual more cautious in the beginning but by the end of the day she did brave one of the slides on a raft with R :) Next weekend we are going to a scarecrow festival that we go to every year :)

Update At the learn to cycle camp today (Day 2) P has started cycling without stabilizers and without anyone holding her at all ^milestone^ ^excercise3^ ^clapping^ I brought her out on her bike again this evening to practice and she is flying it. She is balancing perfectly and is even able to take off by herself and turn around in a circle without stopping :) I'm very proud of her :)
 

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Saturday 24th August 2019

P is 6 Yrs 5.5 Mths Old
R will be 5 Yrs 5 Mths Old in 3 days time
J is 13 Mths, 1 Wk Old

I think I'm hitting peri-menopause  ???  I haven't had my AF since the beginning of July so this cycle is 8 weeks long so far. My cycle before this one was about 6 weeks long so my AFs are becoming irregular. I'm 47 years old now so I suppose it's inevitable. I don't like it - I feel hormonal, moody and bloated  :-\

My diet and exercise regime has gone to pot since we went on holidays at the end of June. I've made a few half-hearted feeble attempts to get back on track but I haven't been able to get myself into the right frame of mind for it. I think it's because my usual routine is gone out the window since P and R are on school holidays. I can't get out walking with J in the buggy during the day anymore and I can't get to my WW class because I have the 3 of them with me all day on my days off work. Hopefully I will get back on track when P & R go back to school next week because I don't like how I’m feeling so flabby and unfit again :-\

J is developing great since I last posted ...he is now moving all around the furniture when he stands up at it and he is going from one piece of furniture to the other just holding on with one hand. He has let go and stood by himself for a second or two a couple of times and he sometimes puts his bum up in the air and tries to stand up from sitting down  :) It probably won’t be long before he takes his first steps but there is absolutely no rush on him...He’s my last baby so I don’t want him growing up too fast on me ::) He now calls me “Mammy” instead of “Mama” but he still calls DH “DaDa”  :). He can also say "Hi ya"  :) He is always handing me things these days...everything he picks up he wants to give me and he loves putting things in and out of containers. I took some of Ps old toys down from the attic for him to play with and his favorites are the piggy bank with plastic coins and the cookie jar with shapes. I also took down Ps old push along walker which he loves to stand behind and push. Everything is pink because they originally belonged to P but J doesn’t mind. R used them too when he was Js age. I love that all 3 of my children are getting use out of the same toys  :) J now has 3 new teeth! In the last week he has gotten his two back molars on the bottom and one on the top. He got the last of his vaccinations during the week. He got his 13 month ones. Thankfully he doesn’t have to get any more now until he goes to primary school.

For the last few months I have been giving away all the boy baby stuff J has outgrown and lately I have also been giving away the girl baby stuff I had stored in the attic. Only this morning I gave away a bag of newborn girl clothes to one of our neighbors. I do feel a fleeting pang of sadness every time I give something away and think I will never have a small baby again but I’m happy to be finally clearing out the house a bit and I know that 3 children is my limit. I wouldn’t be able to stretch myself any further and give them all the attention they deserve. I’m stretched to the limit physically and emotionally as it is with the 3 we have  :)

(Update: My AF arrived the day after I posted this entry  :) )
 

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Saturday 31st August 2019

P is 6 Years 5.5 Months Old
R is 5 Years 5 Months Old
J is 13.5 Months Old

There have been a couple of milestones reached since I posted a week ago.

R started in big school ( junior infants in primary school) on Thursday 29th August  ^milestone^  and J has started walking ...he took his first magical steps yesterday! ^milestone^

P also started back in school on Thursday. She is now in Senior Infants  :) She was delighted to be going back to meet up with her friends again even though she's had plenty of playdates with them during the summer holidays. She loves her new (subsitute) teacher and she loves learning so I have no worries about her at all.

R was absolutely fine starting in school. He has bravely gone straight in both days so far without any tears or hesitation at all. I worry a bit about him making friends because he is quite shy but hopefully he will be ok. He looks very handsome and grown up in his uniform  :)

J is now calling DH "Daddy" instead of "DaDa"...so he spends his days now either calling "Mammy" or "Daddy" non stop  :)

I'm delighted that both myself and DH were at home together with J to see him taking his first steps  :) Once J realised he could walk a few steps by himself he determinedly kept trying to do it . So far he can take about 4 or 5 steps on his own before he falls down  :)

Thursday 29th August also marked one year since J had his throat surgery at 6 weeks old. He has done so well since then but  he still has to wear his CPAP mask at nighttime and I still sometimes hear a raspy sound in his breathing. I am waiting for a review appointment for him at the children's hospital.

 

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Wednesday 2nd October 2019

P will be 6 Years 7 Months Old in 5 days time
R is 5 years 6 Months Old
J is 14.5 Months Old

It’s just over a month since I last posted here and as usual there is plenty going on!

J has been diagnosed as being highly allergic to peanuts, eggs and milk  :-\ He is at risk of having an anaphylaxis reaction so I now have to scrutinize everything he eats and make sure there is an epi-pen with him at all times  :eek:

A couple of weeks ago I gave J some peanut butter on a cracker with some strawberries and black grapes and almost immediately he developed red blotches all over his face. I watched him to make sure he was ok and after about 45 minutes his cute little face went back to normal. I wasn’t sure which foodstuff had caused the rash so I promptly forgot about it. A few days later I gave him some peanut butter on toast and again he immediately developed red blotches and hives all over his face and chest worse than the first time. He was pulling at his face so it must have been itchy. The skin under his eyes also went dark  :eek: Again I watched him to make sure his breathing was ok and again after about 45 minutes he went back to normal. My childminder told me that she had given J scrambled eggs for lunch one day and he had gotten a bad rash on his face.

I made an appointment for him to see the gp who referred him to a pediatrician in our local hospital. I opted to pay €150 for him to be seen privately so I got an appointment about a week later. The pediatrician organised for J to have an allergy blood test and another week later I paid €100 for him to give me the results and a prescription for 4 epi-pens. 

The consultant didn't offer any advice on how I should manage J allergies except to make sure I am aware that he is at significant risk of anaphylaxis which is a life threatening condition. He just said I need to make sure he avoids eggs and all nuts especially peanuts. He didn't seem as concerned about J avoiding milk even though the blood test results show he is highly allergic to it.

I brought J to see the gp again yesterday evening and at my request she prescribed a milk and egg free formula for making up boppys for J which he still has at naptimes and bedtime. She is also going to refer him to a dietician.
 

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Saturday 12th October 2019

P is 6 Years 7 Months Old
R is 5 Years 6.5 Months Old
J will be 15 Months Old in 4 days time

I haven’t heard anything from the dietician about an appointment for J yet. It’s through the public system so I’m sure I will be waiting quite a while.

J point blank refuses to drink the formula the gp prescribed for him. It smells foul so I wouldn’t blame him. He is now drinking soya milk for 1 to 3 year olds and he seems to like it. He has also eaten soya yoghurt but refuses to eat milk free cheese which also smells disgusting. My gp said that too much soya might not be good because of the estrogen content but if it’s the only nut free dairy substitute he will eat or drink what can I do without proper dietary advice ??? I’m concerned about him getting enough calcium to help his bones develop. A pharmacist told me yesterday about an alternative formula so I will see if the gp will prescribe that instead. His nappys are much better since I stopped him drinking milk and eating ordinary cheese and yoghurts.

J is doing great developmentally. He is now walking quiet steadily and only crawling occasionally. He is a climber! He loves climbing on the couch and anything else that looks dangerous. I have put a soft mat in front of the couch in the kitchen and after a few falls, J has learned how to get up and down off the couch properly.
He also loves climbing up the stairs. If anyone leaves the stair gate open for even a second he seems to know and seizes the opportunity to climb up as quickly as possible.
He has a few words. He can now call R by his name and pronounces it correctly and he calls me ‘Mammy’ and DH ‘Daddy’  :) He also says ‘ball’. He absolutely loves playing with a ball so maybe he will be the next Ronaldo  :)
P always wears hairbands and J loves taking them off her head and putting them on his own head. He also tries to put on shoes and he tries to brush his own hair with Ps hairbrush so he is learning what different objects are for  :) If you say to him "Show me your hair" or "Where is your hair" he pulls at his own hair  :) I haven't tried to teach him any other body parts yet. He also understands comands like if I say "Give the toy to Daddy" and DH is in another room he will bring the toy to him  :)

R is getting on well in school and my fears about him not making friends were thankfully unfounded. He seems to have 3 boys that he is friends with in school that he talks about quiet a bit. One of the boys F lives around the corner from us so R also plays with him in the evenings outside the front whenever the weather permits. R also suddenly seems to have lots of friends in the neighbourhood. He used to only be friends with L the little girl next door but now he plays with a gang of 4 boys and they often knock on our door to ask if R can come out to play. I'm delighted because it is bolstering his confidence and social skills.

P is getting on well in school too. Thankfully I never have a problem with either P or R not wanting to go to school. P is brilliant at reading, writing and maths. She loves learning and picks things up very quickly. She seems to have become very mature lately. She still goes to ballet every Tues and she has her first ballet exam in a few weeks. Since September I have been sending her to an art class every Wednesday evening. It's for 7 to 12 year olds but the art teacher agreed to let P try it out even though she is only 6 so she is the youngest and smallest in the class but she bravely goes in by herself every week and really enjoys it. She is learning art with different mediums like clay modelling, painting, prints etc

Both P and Rs parent teacher meetings are on 23rd October so I will find out then what the teachers think of them.

I've already booked our family holiday for next year! I booked it about a month ago. I wanted to book it early while the flights are still cheap for next summer. Anyhow, all 5 of us are going to Lanzarote for 2 weeks at the end of May/start of June  :)
 

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Thursday 7th November 2019

P is 6 Years 8 Months Old
R is 5 Years 7.5 Months Old
J is 15.5 Months Old

Today marks two years since I had embryo transfer for the successful cycle that resulted in our son J  :)

I contacted Serum yesterday to ask what our options are in relation to the 4 frozen blastocysts we still have stored there from that last cycle. Penny has replied to me outlining our options and I have gone back to her with more questions. Our family is definitely complete so we need to decide what to do with those remaining embryos  ???  ???

P & Rs parent/teacher meetings went great. Ps teacher basically said she is great at everything. She seemed really impressed by Ps independent writing. All the children in Ps class had to write a couple of sentences by themselves without any guidance at all regarding the subject etc. She showed me what P had written about Autumn and Halloween. She said it was really good for her age/stage :)

Rs teacher said he is getting on very well too. I was a bit concerned that he was not grasping the sight words but she said he is doing fine at them. She said he sometimes holds his pencil incorrectly when writing but he is improving with that. She said he can be quiet shy in class when he has to ask for something but can also be quiet boisterous and silly during PE. She said he is doing well overall so no need to worry about him  :) She didn't mention how he is doing at Irish and I forgot to say it to her but I am very impressed myself how good he is at knowing the Gailge words for things in pictures during his homework. 
 

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Sunday 8th December 2019

P is 6 Years 9 Months Old
R is 5 Years 8.5 Months Old
J is 16.5 Months Old

It’s a month since I posted. It’s hard to find a few minutes to myself to update.

P had her first ever proper ballet exam on 12th November it was the Royal Academy of Dance primary level exam. I took a half day off work to bring her to it. She was nervous before it but she said she did it without making mistakes. Nobody is allowed in the room for the exam except the pupil, examiner and person doing the music so I didn’t see her perform on the day but I did see her dance during rehearsals and I was amazed at how much she is able to do and how graceful and elegant she looks doing it. Parents aren’t allowed into her weekly ballet class either coz it distracts the kids so I hadn’t seen her dance since she was in the ballet show last May.  The results of the exam won’t be out until January but regardless of how she did in it I am extremely proud of her for learning all the dances and bravely performing in the exam  :)

The Christmas school plays are on this week. This year P is one of the narrators of her class play so she had a lot of lines to learn off by heart. I helped her with them and she has them all off to a T now. In Rs nativity play he is the inn-keeper and he has a couple of lines to say. I can’t wait to see both of them. I have a mandatory training course for work on Thursday..the day the plays are on...but there is no way I’m going to miss them so I’m going to come out of the training for an hour or two to attend them.

I started in a new Division in work two weeks ago. It’s completely different to what I was doing so I have a lot to learn but it’s very interesting work so I think I will like it once I get a handle on things. It’s much busier than where I was and I now have 5 staff members reporting directly to me and I have to manage their workload on a daily basis and do performance reports on them etc. I had asked for a move because I was getting fed up of where I was and a new guy had joined my previous area who I found extremely annoying so I’m happy with this new challenge and happy to be away from Mr annoying  :)

J is flying it developmentally. He only walks and runs now and never crawls anymore. He seems to have new words every day. In addition to the words he already had, he can now say ‘Baby’, ‘Shoe’ and ‘More’ in the correct context and perfect pronunciation :)

He was sick with an ear and throat infection last week and I ended up in the paediatric unit of our local hospital with him for a day but thankfully they didn’t admit him in.

Since he was sick we cannot get him to wear his cpap mask at night even though he is supposed to wear it every night. He goes ballistic when he sees it now. We try to get it on him when he is asleep. I have to hold his hands down while DH puts on the mask but he always wakes up and screams the house down and pulls it off. I’m at my wits end with it. I feel awful for getting him so distressed but he needs it. We did a home oximetry test on him in September, two nights off cpap and 1 night on cpap and the report from the hospital showed he is still having desaturations when he is asleep i.e. his oxygen levels are still falling below the desired level when he is in a deep sleep. He is not having as many desaturations as before his throat surgery but he is having some.

He is on a waiting list for an overnight detailed sleep study and oximetry test as an inpatient in the children’s hospital. At the time he joined the waiting list in September there was 347 children on the list waiting for the same thing  :-\ We were told he will get it done early next year but I won’t hold my breath because we are still waiting for an out patient appointment since the one we were supposed to have in October was canceled by the hospital because our consultant left the hospital. I have phoned a few times to enquire about when our appointment will be rescheduled and I am always told we just have to wait. Our health service is a joke in many regards  :-\
I’m going to ring the respiratory team at the hospital tomorrow to ask their advice about what to do about J not wearing his mask.

I finally got an appointment for J with the community dietician. It’s on 16th December so I ‘only’ had to wait 2 1/2 months for him to be seen there ???
 

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Saturday 11th January 2020

P is 6 Years 10 Months Old
R is 5 Years 9.5 Months Old
J will be 18 Months Old in 5 days time

Happy New Year! At the start of every new year I wonder what this year will have in store for my little family...hopefully health and happiness for everyone :)

We had a nice quiet Christmas. All 3 of the kids were sick in the few weeks leading up to Christmas with colds, ear infections and throat infections. At one stage all 3 of them were on different antibiotics at the same time! Poor J had to have two lots of antibiotics. Anyways thankfully they were all better in time for Christmas day and they were able to really enjoy Santa coming and the two week holidays from school. Both myself and DH were off work for two weeks too so we all had plenty of lie-ins and lazy days. We didn’t venture far from the house because we were afraid of the kids catching fresh colds etc but one of the days we went to Explorium (a science based play centre) which we all really enjoyed.

I didn’t bring J to the dietician in December in the end because he was sick with an ear/throat infection the day of the appointment. I spoke to the dietician on the phone and I have just been winging it myself since. Thankfully he hasn’t had any more bad allergic reactions to anything since.

J still will not wear his cpap mask at night for us  :-\ After many phone calls to the children’s hospital we now have an appointment for him with the respiratory consultant on the 30th January.

J is flying it developmentally. He has loads of words now. I made a list of the words he can say and there are 23 words on it including 'Juice', 'Teddy', 'Sock' and 'Cat'. He says 'Night Night' when he is going to bed or for a nap and 'Day Day' when we are going out somewhere. Amazingly he often now tells me if he wants his nappy changed.  If he is wet or dirty he will pull at his nappy and say 'Poo Poo'  :)

We got some really sad news yesterday that a friend of DHs who was only 47 years old passed away from cancer. He has 2 children, a 15 year old boy and another boy the same age as P. It was a big shock for us to hear about it and has knocked us both for six  :'(
 

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Saturday 25th January 2020

It seems like the winter of never ending illnesses!

Since I last posted I had to go to the gp because I had a sore throat for at least two weeks and I was diagnosed with a throat infection and ear infection. Thankfully after a course of antibiotics I am fully better again.

J is sick again at the moment - this time he has a chest infection  :-\ He had a cough and runny nose but then Wednesday evening when he got up from his nap I could hear a crackly sound in his breathing and I noticed he was breathing rapidly. I got an appointment for him with the out of hours gp service. The out of hours gp told us to immediately bring him to the paediatric department of our local hospital because of 'respiratory distress' and after a few hours there and a chest xray he was diagnosed with a chest infection and given yet another course of antibiotics. I think this is his 3rd lot of antibiotics since November  :-\

J has his appointment with the respiratory consultant next week on 30th January and we have also finally got his appointment for the overnight sleep study in the children's hospital on 19th February. He still won't wear his cpap mask for us!
 

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Saturday 8th February 2020

P is 6 Years 11 Months Old
R is 5 Years 10.5 Months Old
J is 18.5 Months Old

J’s appointment with the respiratory consultant FR went fine. Basically she just said we will have to wait until he has the overnight sleep study done on the 19th Feb to see if he still needs the cpap at night or not. I told her we can’t get him to wear the cpap mask anymore and she said if the overnight oximetry shows he still needs it they might have to admit him into the hospital for a few days  ??? Fingers crossed it doesn’t come to that  ^pray^

He is still flying it developmentally. There are now 31 words on my list of words he is able to say in the right context. He can now say his own name which is very cute to hear. He can also now say his sister Ps name so he can call everyone in the family now. Other words he is able to say include  ‘stuck’, ‘door’, ‘bag’, ‘gone’ and ‘book’  :) He is extremely cute looking. He is absolutely mad about DH who is great with him. He is a very busy little fella who cannot sit still at all and who can turn a tidy room upside down in 30 seconds flat  :)

P and R are doing great too. They both seem to have grown much taller lately. P lost her 5th baby tooth the other day and R has been complaining of sore gums today so I’d say his adult teeth are starting to come down too. I brought both of them for their annual checkup with the dentist a few weeks ago. The dentist said both of them have great teeth with no blemishes at all. I said to him that P had at that stage got 4 adult teeth since the previous year and he told me that she actually has 8 adult teeth, she has 4 adult teeth at the back of her mouth that I didn’t know about in addition to the 4 adult ones at the front! I have her booked in with the dentist to get fluoride varnish applied to her back adult teeth next week to help prevent cavities.

We have had no child-minder for the last two weeks because our lovely child-minder T was in hospital. She had told me on a Monday evening that she was 11 weeks pregnant, due in August and that she wouldn’t be able to work for us anymore once the baby would come. I was happy for her coz she would make a lovely mum but I was not looking forward to having to tell the kids she wouldn’t be minding them anymore or looking for a new child-minder because T has been with us for the last three and half years and the kids love her. Anyhow on the Thursday of the same week she had to go to the hospital because she was getting bad cramps in her tummy and she was diagnosed with a molar pregnancy  :'( She had to have a d&c on the Friday then her heart rate was very high and she needed to have a blood transfusion  :eek: She has been off work since then but she told me she will be back to us next week. DH and I both took half days off work every day while we were without her. I worked in the mornings and looked after the kids in the afternoons and DH looked after them in the mornings and went to work in the afternoons.

The same day J had his hospital appointment, my mum had an appointment for an oncology scan and thankfully it went well and she doesn’t need to be seen again until May. She has had throat cancer twice (despite never smoking or drinking alcohol in her life). She is in remission about ten years now but her checkups are always a bit nerve wracking.

DH and I are planning on having a kitchen extension built and some refurbishments done in our house so I have applied for a sizable loan with the credit union. The credit committee are going to decide on my loan application this coming Tuesday so fingers crossed we get the go ahead  ^pray^
 

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Sunday 15th March 2020

P is 7 Years 8 Days Old
R is 5 Years 11.5 Months Old
J will be 20 Months Old Tomorrow

The world is a much different place than it was when I last posted 5 weeks ago...we are now gripped by a global pandemic ...Covid 19 / Coronavirus  :eek: :eek: It's all everyone is talking about and it is very worrying. At the moment there are 157,129 cases diagnosed and 5,839 deaths worldwide. In the Republic of Ireland (ROI) so far there are 129 cases diagnosed and 2 people have died from it  :-\ The first case was diagnosed in ROI on Sat 29th Feb so in 2 weeks we have gone from 1 case to 129 cases and I'm sure there are many more which just haven't been diagnosed as yet. The government closed all schools, universities and childcare facilities on Thursday 12th March and they are meant to reopen on Monday 30th March but they probably won't.  So far both myself and DH have been told to go to work as normal and we are lucky we are able to because our childminder comes into our house.

It was Ps 7th birthday last Saturday 7th March and as it was before all the advice to restrict playdates etc because of the coronavirus I invited 4 of Ps friends over to our house for a playdate and I brought them all to Eddie Rocketts for lunch. They had a great time.

It will be Rs 6th birthday on 27th March and I had booked a  birthday party in a local gym for both R and P next Saturday 21st but of course I cancelled it when the schools closed.
 

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Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Mother’s Day

P is 7 Years 2 Weeks Old
R will be 6 Years Old in 5 Days Time
J is 20 Months Old

One week on from my last post and things are looking even more grim regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. There are now 316,629 cases and 13,599 deaths worldwide. In the Republic of Ireland there are now 785 cases diagnosed and 3 people have died from it  :eek: Thankfully myself, DH, P, R and J are all fine.

Last Sunday evening the Government announced that all pubs, bars and nightclubs in the country had to close. They had already put a ban on indoor events with more than 100 people and outdoor events with more than 500. A lot of businesses in our town have closed as they can’t enforce the social distancing rule of staying at least 1 meter away from another person and everything is so uncertain for everyone that nobody is buying anything that isn’t a necessity. It’s estimated that more than 140,000 people in Ireland have lost their jobs in the last 3 weeks  :eek: We are lucky that I am in a permanent Government job and DH is in a permanent job also but we expect to face big pay cuts as the country goes into recession  :-\ DHs company will probably have to lay people off but we are hoping his job will be safe as he is with the company about 12 years.

As a family we are following all the advice given about social distancing. Myself and DH are staying at home except for grocery shopping and work. I am now set up with a login to work remotely from home although I haven’t started doing it yet.  We are not letting P, R and J play with other children. We have only been letting them play in the back garden and we have not brought them anywhere except to forests in the local mountains for nature treks away from other people which we have all really enjoyed. We got a trampoline for our back garden and we spent a few hours yesterday putting it together so P and R now have a good way of burning off their excess energy although it has created a lot of rows between them about whose turn it is in it etc ::) J also loves bouncing in it  :)

J is developing great. He now has so many words I wouldn’t be able to count them. He can tell us exactly what he wants so that’s another one in the house giving me demands now  ::) He is very very cute looking. He is able to run and climb and throw a ball etc so thankfully we have no worries at all about his development. He is still very attached to DH which is lovely to see.

J had his overnight sleep study done on 19th February. We were told it could take up to 6 weeks for the results of it and we haven't heard from them yet. He still won't wear his cpap mask at night.

I am very worried about J catching the coronavirus because of his history of breathing difficulties  ??? I am worried about R catching it also because he is on inhalers for asthma but of course I don't want anyone in our house to get it. It would be a nightmare to have to try to look after the kids if either/both myself or DH got it as from what I've seen on tv and read even a healthy person with no underlying health issues could be very ill with it. It's supposed to be like bad pneumonia  :eek:
 
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