Posts made in March, 2011

This week I’m… encouraging sounds.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 | 8 comments

Oh, the delights of good health! Ah-goo! Ah-gah! Oh-boo! Since May’s health has returned, so have her giggles and cooing. She’s also back to bouncing, something she didn’t do for a couple of weeks. Now that was a terrifying realization for me. No bouncing? Seriously ill. Cue conversations with my husband where I ask, “Should we take her to A&E?” (We didn’t.) It has been a tough month. Fevers. Puking. No sleep. Screaming as the main form of communication. No, it wasn’t fun. For the first time ever, my husband and I discussed respite care, which...

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May is Anti-Cuts and Pro-Ice Cream!

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 | 3 comments

May is Anti-Cuts and Pro-Ice Cream!

Today, my husband and I took May along to the TUC ‘March for the Alternative’ protest in London. Our family has already been severely effected by these cuts. In an article today in The Guardian, I illustrate a couple of those ways: May’s lack of funding for one-on-one care at nursery and how her Speech and Language therapy team are being significantly reduced. These are not small things. The first ensures May is kept safe at nursery so I can work. The second is the reason she can eat and drink. But, don’t worry. While at the protest march, I held May back when she...

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A formal apology to The Great Fake

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 | 2 comments

A formal apology to The Great Fake

May, I’m reaching out to you. Please forgive me. I know I called you the Great Fake when you were ill. I see now that was wrong. I know you are angry. But, I don’t think passing on the stomach flu to both your Mama and Daddy was the right way to express that anger. Mama was sick all night and now your Daddy has reached a state where he is speaking in tongues. As your parents, we should have been more understanding. We should have been more sympathetic. So, we aren’t surprised that every time you hear one of your parents retching, you giggle. I hereby make you a solemn vow...

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The Story of the Delivery

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 | 56 comments

The Story of the Delivery

You’ll excuse me if the following sounds a bit clinical, but it has taken me almost two years to put May’s delivery into writing. I find it easier to deal with if I am straightforward, so I’ve left out a lot of my own personal thoughts or fears at the time. I don’t write it for sympathy. I don’t need comforting. I write it because it has been two years and it is time to move on. WARNING TO PREGNANT LADIES: Do you really want to read this? It doesn’t end well. When I was pregnant with May, there was no sign that anything was amiss. Nothing. In fact, I felt...

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Fevers and Misery Update

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 | 4 comments

Fevers and Misery Update

A typical day over the past few days opens with tears. Lots of fake crocodile tears. May imitates the sound of crying, without even the slightest hint of wetness in her eyes. May has perfected the skill of manipulation. As in: “Listen to my piercing cries! Don’t I sound like I’m in pain? Pick me up now or I will probably die.” Then, I pick her up and it is: bounce, bounce, bounce! A similar situation is happening at night. May didn’t enjoy almost a week of illness and increased seizures. BUT, she did develop a taste for cuddles in Mama and Daddy’s bed. So,...

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