Weekly gratitude//Daddy time and test results

It’s been a gorgeously quiet week here in the R-M household. Gary had a week off work and we had literally nothing planned. We wanted to relax, for the girls to have some daddy time, and for the grown ups to catch our breath a little bit.

baby girl having some daddy time, with a big cuddle in the park

This week I’m grateful for:

Normal test results

Lottie’s blood and genetics test results came back as all in the ‘normal range’. The relief is enormous. And I don’t think I’d realised quite how worried I was, as the next day I was just exhausted.

Soya tolerance

When Frankie was diagnosed with CMPA, the paediatrician advised us to remove soya from her diet too. It seems that a lot of people who are allergic to dairy, are also allergic to soya. The proteins in each are similar, and so the body often reacts to both. I think eliminating soya is more difficult than dairy. It’s in so many foods, and a lot of the dairy replacements are soya based. But it worked, so I don’t care how difficult it is to maintain, she was better, that’s all that mattered.

We started to tentatively trial a reintroduction to soya this week and so far it’s gone fine. She’s had soya lecithin in dairy free chocolate buttons, and soya flour in bread and hasn’t had a reaction so far. Even if that’s as far as we get, it makes life easier for me and a lot more varied for her. .


I’m not sure when 8am became a lie-in. Actually, yes I do, it was about August 2015 when we became parents. But honestly, lying in bed til that time every other day has been pure unadulterated bliss. I’m grumpy when I’m tired or hungry, so I’ve been a much nicer person this week!

Party time

The girls had two parties last weekend, one for a preschool friend, and the other for my niece. They had such a lovely time, playing and giggling and spending time with family and friends.

Family time

The girls have just adored having time with their daddy. Every time I turn around, one of them is on his lap, or having a cuddle. And I’ve been well and truly snubbed in favour of daddy time.

Love Island

I’ve never watched Love Island before this series, but I noticed a lot of people tuning in last time, so I decided to give it a go this year. It’s not rocking my world, but what it is doing, is making me close my laptop at 10pm (we watch it on +1) and have a bit of downtime. I do love a bit of trash TV.

Support from friends and strangers

I mentioned this last week, but it carried on over the last few days too. After I wrote about Lottie’s GDD diagnosis, I had the most lovely comments. One of the main reasons I wrote it, is that I hoped it might make one person feel less alone. Well it worked. I’ve had some messages and comments to say that people are glad I wrote it, as it’s made them feel a little more normal. We need to stand together and support one another. Parenting is difficult enough and it’s so lovely to be able to comfort or support someone in a little way.

Have a fab week!



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