Living Arrows {2018} 5/53

Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of M and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.

This week, M has had chickenpox. It’s the first time she’s ever had a proper temperature and I didn’t like it! Fortunately, it only took one dose of Calpol to bring it down, and she’s gone through the week like an absolute trooper. At the start of the week I was worried that it was actually something other than chickenpox, as she didn’t have any spots at all on her torso, but instead they were clustered all up the back of her legs.

I was starting to worry that she had some kind of flesh-eating disease as it looked so sore, and was concerned that I was neglecting her by not taking her to the doctor as there’s no need to with chickenpox. So I messaged my lovely friend, who also happens to be a Health Visitor, with some photos of M’s legs and she confirmed it for me. Although she did say she’d never seen chickenpox presented in that way before. Trust M to be different!

Thankfully, by Friday we were out of quarantine and took a trip to the library. M met another little girl there and they had a lovely time ‘chatting’ away to one another. I also picked up some books for my Pondering Playtime series, so we both left happy!

On Saturday we had a mega productive day which started with a trip to the beach. We chose Great Yarmouth, as it’s probably the closest beach to our house, and it was almost completely deserted, apart from a few dog walkers. It was chilly but sunny, and so nice to be able to blow away the cobwebs after being stuck inside for most of the week.

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M is still not a massive fan of sand. She refused to walk on it and insisted her daddy carry her. I’ve ordered some natural-looking play sand for her (we’ve already got some purple sand, but I don’t think she associates the two!) so that we can put it in the tuff spot to get her more comfortable with it. Last summer she was happily playing on the same beach, so I think it might just be because she hasn’t played with sand for a while.

Once we got home, M had a nap and I made some flapjacks, then we put the cot bed for the new baby together, with M’s ‘help’! She was fascinated by the whole process and loved handing us screws and climbing all over us as we knelt on the floor. Now that it’s up, she points at the cot bed every time she walks past that room. I still don’t think she really understands that there’s an actual baby on the way, but she’ll realise soon enough! I just have a bit more decluttering and sorting to do, and some furniture to order, before we stop calling the spare room a spare room and start calling it a nursery!

My weekly photo diary of my 20 month old daughter's life.

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  1. January 29, 2018 / 8:01 am

    Soon be time hey, I bet it is flying by with your current pregnancy!

    Sounds like you’ve had a lovely time, hope little M enjoys the play sand x

    • Jules
      January 29, 2018 / 8:05 am

      It’s scary how quickly it’s going! We’re so far from being ready! I’m getting a bit antsy now and just what everything to be done x

  2. January 29, 2018 / 8:05 am

    It’s great that M recovered so quickly from chicken pox and you managed to get out for some much needed fresh air. I wish we lived closer to a beach, you can’t beat an ocean walk to clear the cobwebs. It sounds like you had a really productive weekend in preparation for the new baby. Have a lovely week. #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      January 29, 2018 / 8:07 am

      We are so lucky living where we do. Ten minutes from a beautiful city and less than an hour from an array of gorgeous beaches. We’re still quite a way from being ready for the baby – I’m getting frustrated now that it isn’t all done!

  3. January 29, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Aw, Sand is such a funny texture isn’t it? Sure M will be running around in it by the summer 🙂

    • Jules
      January 29, 2018 / 10:51 am

      I’m sure she’ll love it again in the summer once it becomes a regular thing. She is a funny old stick!

  4. January 29, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    I’m sure come the summer months there will be no stopping her. Such a lovely photo.

    • Jules
      January 29, 2018 / 7:16 pm

      Hopefully so! She just needs to get used to it again. Thank you x

  5. January 29, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    Glad your little one has made a speedy recovery, fresh air is definitely a good way to blow away all the germs! Lovely photo #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      January 29, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      She still doesn’t seem quite right – I wonder if she’s coming down with a cold now! But yes, she certainly got over the chickenpox without too much drama! x

  6. January 30, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    I dread it when my little one has chicken pox, when i was about 12 my younger brother who was 6 at the time got it and ended up with a huge scar on his cheek where a scab got knocked off when he fell over.

    Time is flying by for both of us in our pregnancies. Only 5 weeks left of work for me then it will be time to get everything ready!


    • Jules
      January 31, 2018 / 10:20 pm

      Only 5 weeks?! Exciting! I haven’t got much teaching work booked in between now and due date, so I’m focusing on getting the blog as ready as it can be for my maternity leave. I feel like the weeks going by have really picked up the pace recently – suddenly it feels like the baby is almost here and there’s still lots to get ready! I’m feeling really positive about our decluttered house though; let’s just hope that it stays this organised once the baby is here!

  7. January 31, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    So funny that M and Athena had it at the same time. It sounds like M did brilliantly though – coping so well. So glad she’s feeling better now x

    • Jules
      January 31, 2018 / 10:16 pm

      Thank you. I hope Athena has recovered well, too x

  8. February 1, 2018 / 9:24 am

    It’s funny how kids can like something and then be completely freaked out by it! Alfie loves the beach but we haven’t been for a while so I’m not sure how he would feel about it. Glad M recovered from her chicken pox well, it’s horrid whem they are ill #livingarrows

    • Jules
      February 1, 2018 / 11:42 am

      I know, they are funny little things, aren’t they?! I’m hoping I can get her to be more confident with different textures so we don’t have this drama all the time!

  9. February 2, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    Such a lovely photo, and I bet you were desperate for that blast of sea air after being quarantined all week! Hope she’s feeling much better now. x #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      February 3, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      I’m a bit of a homebody so I didn’t find it too bad, but it was lovely to get outside and have some fresh air! She’s feeling much better thank you and the spots are fading at last x

  10. February 3, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Aw, bless. Chicken Pox sounds awful. Every time I hear someone has it, or if it’s doing the rounds at nursery again, I think we’re finally going to get it out of the way but I swear my kid must be naturally immune or something. The anticipation is ridiculous.

    • Jules
      February 4, 2018 / 11:49 pm

      It’s one of those things that I was dreading M getting but actually now she’s had it, it wasn’t so bad! Just something to get through.

  11. February 4, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Oh bless her – it sounds like you survived the pox without too much drama though. That’s such a sweet picture 🙂 #LivingArrows

    • Jules
      February 4, 2018 / 11:49 pm

      Thankfully, yes. It wasn’t too bad at all x

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