This week has been particularly trying, so, to sum it up quickly: toddler had Diarrhea (on Mothers Day no less), our Fridge-Freezer broke, and the car needs the cambelt changed – very expensive. So when I was looking through my Bloglovin feed, I was particularly inspired by the Happy Days Linky over at What Katy Said. Her idea is to appreciate the small things and appreciate everyday. I think I really need that this week.
Fun at Home
On Mothers Day I was awoken by a crying little boy, which is unusual. When I rushed in, I could see why, the poor little man had Diahorrea and it was everywhere, all the way up to his neck, in his bed and soaked through his clothes. I think this was the universe’s way of saying – it may be mother’s day, but its not really about you. I think this is what “Oh” from the movie “Home” was referring to when he said – I need to do a number 3! Nate definitely did a number 3!
Husband and I both work full-time, so we both had to take time off this week to take care of the little man as he had to stay off nursery. We both had to use up our annual leave – that’s the nature of parenthood, but at least it is happening less now that he is getting older. When he first went to nursery he caught everything and we hardly had any annual leave left to take a family holiday.
Apart from the first day, he didn’t actually have it very bad, and he was in very good spirits all week, so it was a joy to be spending time with him.
On Friday morning, on our return from the library, Nate and I played superheroes, and at one point I had to stop playing to take some pictures of him because he was so happy, I wanted to capture those moments.
Out and About
We managed to go to the library and get some new books, as well as a “TMNT – Turtles” DVD that Nate was very eager to watch. I took him to our local play centre and met up with some of my NCT friends, which was a real treat, because they all work part-time and I work full-time so I rarely get to see them mid-week. Nate is becoming more and more independent, and was quite happy to run off and play, leaving me some time to talk. Obviously mummy just had to go on the big slide with Nate (which is so fast it actually takes my breath away) and play in the construction zone.
Time for Me
On Mothers Day hubby encouraged me to go out while he took care of our sick little man. Obviously I felt terribly guilty, that’s what mothers do best right? But ultimately I relented and watched “Still Alice” at the cinema.
My happiest moment
Was when Nate came running off the slide, jumped down next to me and said “Mummy can I lie on your lap”, this appears to be his new favourite thing to do, and it makes me so happy. He put his head on my lap and I stroked his hair, it lasted for about 5 minutes before he ran off to play in the ball pit.
Next Week I would like to…
I would like to have a well little boy, that is more important than anything.
I would also like for the company that sold us the American Fridge-Freezer, to pay for it to be replaced. I have to tell you how stressed I was this week when, not only did I have a sick child, but our fridge-freezer just stopped working, with no warning. I came home from work to find everything in the freezer defrosted and a warm fridge – now, I’m no engineer but I am pretty certain they are supposed to do the opposite to that! We looked online, tried a couple of “fixes” but nothing worked. We had to throw almost all of our food away – and we had just done our monthly shop! Then later that night my sick little boy asked for a yoghurt and then his night time milk – I had to tell him no and he proceeded to cry – which broke my heart! I was so upset that he was being affected too. Do you know how hard it is to be without a fridge when you have a toddler? Everything he eats is from the fridge!
We only purchased this fridge freezer 18 months ago, so it was just out of warranty, the company said there is nothing they can do, even though we paid almost £600. I know it’s sad of me to admit this, but I have wanted an American Fridge Freezer with a water dispenser for my entire adult life! It took me years to convince the hubby to spend so much on one, when we had a perfectly fine fridge-freezer (that incidentally lasted us for 12 years), and then when I finally convinced him, did a lot of research and purchased what I thought was the perfect one, with good reviews, it breaks after only 18 months – that is a shockingly short period of time for something that is so expensive, plus everyone around me was telling me how long they should last for – “Yours broke? Oh no, wow ours lasted for 25 years” – thanks I feel so much better now!
What I’m Grateful For
The lovely lady at work (whom I had never met) that gave us her old fridge freezer, for free, when she heard about my predicament. I am also grateful to have an uncomplaining husband who loves spending time with his son and was more than happy to take time off to look after him for a few days. I am grateful to my best friend who reminded me that a fridge is just a possession. I am also proud of my boy who took himself to the toilet in the middle of the night, pulled off his nappy and did his business, for the first time.
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