I missed last week’s happy days as I really felt that we were all on tenterhooks waiting for news about my dad’s treatment on Monday and I couldn’t really focus on anything else. But I’m back. And it’s been a very good week!
Sunday family day – Our week started with a day as just the three of us (and bump!) and after a lazy morning at home, we took Lottie to her first ever soft play session, which she loved. Then popped to the yard to bring the horses in and all headed out for an early dinner together. I had the most huge and delicious dessert… The baby wanted it.
A new course of treatment – Then on Monday, came the all important appointment for my dad. Since he became ill in June, a very risky and complicated operation has been the only course of action that has been offered. But following the first part of the treatment, which is now complete, the scans came back clear and out of nowhere, and to everyone’s huge surprise and delight, he’s managed to swerve the operation. He still has a long and difficult road ahead with a month of nasty treatment, but his survival rate has gone from 30 per cent to 70 per cent practically overnight. How amazing is that??
Being super hormonal, I can’t stop the happy tears about this and the relief for all of us is just immense. I can’t quite get my head around it and I can’t really put it into words, but if you rounded up all of the happy news I’ve ever had, I think this would beat them all. I’m over the moon!
An afternoon out – Once all the excitement had died down slightly, I took my mum out for the afternoon to a local farm, which has a little farm shop, a tea room, etc etc. Due to mum’s recent dementia diagnosis, she has had her driving licence revoked, and living in a village, she doesn’t get to go out as much as she used to and is heavily reliant on dad and my sister, so it was nice to be able to help a bit, and for her to get out and do something different, and hopefully nice for dad to have five minutes to himself too. Lottie loves having nanny time, as do I, so really, everyone was a winner.
Later mornings – The clocks changing really upset Lottie’s routine this year and she has been waking up from anything from 4am the last few weeks, which has left us all a little tired and grumpy. But finally, she seems to have reset her own clock and is back to her 7am wake-ups. This morning, it was even 8am! I still get up at 6am to do the horse, but come back to a much happier little family who have had a decent amount of sleep.
Lottie’s walking improving – Lottie’s first steps were wobbly to say the least, but she is working hard at improving (like constantly practising) and she is getting much more balanced and steadier and can now take around six steps on her own. The best thing is how proud she is of herself. She looks round at everyone afterwards, grinning from ear to ear, as if to say ‘did you see me??’ So cute.
Girlie Saturday – One of my best friends came to visit today and has spent the day at our house with Lottie and I while Mr M was at work. It was so lovely to have a good old girlie catch up and really nice to have some company as Saturdays can be lonely. I got some nice food in for lunch and sometimes, it’s nice to be at home and relaxed with friends, rather than the stress of entertaining a toddler in public. Such a lovely day!