Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Happy New Year


Well, that's that then. Christmas came, it went.

Eleanor went on antibiotics again the Monday before Christmas, and a ventolin inhaler thing. I took her to the GP in the morning then brought her home and fell apart completely. B loaded us all in to the car, screaming collectively, and took us down to Ma's two days early. On Christmas Eve we were referred to the local hospital by Ma's GP, as Eleanor was getting worse. They gave her a good going over and then sent her home with open access to the ward - which thankfully we didn't need. On the way in to the hospital I got caught by a speed camera - I am just about to write a letter pleading mitigating circumstances.

Despite all of that, we had quite a nice time. We had a collective weepy moment on Christmas Day, thinking about Pa.

My bestest present was Amazon Vouchers. 'Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps' anyone? B's bestest present was Ma getting up at 4am to help him feed the baby. Leo's bestest present was a toy train made up of wooden blocks. Eleanor's is a dangly toy thingy that attaches to her travel seat. She talks to it for hours.

Then, dear reader, we came home.

The day after we came home we had a huge, exhaustion-induced row which culminated with me sitting in a pile of dirty washing in the hall sobbing that I couldn't cope and they were going to take the children away if they found out and that I wanted my Pa; with Leo trying to put his dummy in my mouth.

At that point, the Health Visitor arrived.

I have mentioned our Health Visitor before, I think. She is fab. She gave us a collective hug and started being practical.

I am being referred to speak to someone about attachment issues - I am better, but still a bit peculiar about picking the baby up sometimes. We have one person coming in one morning a week to look after the children so we can sleep and they are hoping to find funding for another half day. We have arranged for Eleanor to start at nursery next month, the same two days as Leo.

On Friday we went back to Somerset and Ma helped with the kids so we could get some more sleep. And we discussed various coping strategies, including moving back to live with her.

More on that later.

I have never been so relieved to see the back of year as I am to finish 2008. I only have one resolution this year - Not Get Pregnant :).

Today, I am going to plant my garlic; and make pheasant casserole.

Happy New Year, everyone.

15 comments:

  1. Very glad to hear that your health visitor has offered some practical help - sounds as if you're really making progress, which is Very Hard To Do without sufficient sleep. Being tired can really wear you down, can't it, when it's over a period of months, and you have all had a really long haul of it in the last wee while, so here's to a better 2009, chock-full of laughter and luck.

    (PS Journalspace died over Christmas so my archives are now going up in the new place; any chance you could update linkage thus?)

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  2. Very glad to hear that your health visitor has offered some practical help - sounds as if you're really making progress, which is Very Hard To Do without sufficient sleep. Being tired can really wear you down, can't it, when it's over a period of months, and you have all had a really long haul of it in the last wee while, so here's to a better 2009, chock-full of laughter and luck.

    (PS Journalspace died over Christmas so my archives are now going up in the new place; any chance you could update linkage thus?)

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  3. Happy new year to you, too

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  4. I really hope that 2009 is a good year for you all,

    and that you feel better soon

    Cw xx

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  5. I really hope that 2009 is a good year for you all,

    and that you feel better soon

    Cw xx

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  6. And, a HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.
    So glad to hear you are getting practical, as well as emotional, support from all aroud. It makes such a difference, and seems to be doing so already.
    All the best for 2009, xx

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  7. And, a HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.
    So glad to hear you are getting practical, as well as emotional, support from all aroud. It makes such a difference, and seems to be doing so already.
    All the best for 2009, xx

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  8. Bless you. Ally. I do love you. Best of wishes for a fine future, and Health Visitors are wonderful people, who understand.

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  9. hope you have a really good year.

    and I hope B is aware of your resolution.

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  10. hope you have a really good year.

    and I hope B is aware of your resolution.

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  11. Big hugs to all of you, as usual. especially, on this occasion, to Leo for trying to help Mum as best he knew how. Bless 'im.

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  12. Big hugs to all of you, as usual. especially, on this occasion, to Leo for trying to help Mum as best he knew how. Bless 'im.

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  13. Happy New Year to you all. May 2009 be gentler with you.

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  14. Thank God for practical health visitors. As for wanting your Pa, of course you do. You're still grieving on top of everything else you've had to cope with. I lost my Dad just over two years ago and still want him.
    One day at a time, as I'm sure I said before. You have two lovely children and B to support you - it does get better.

    GoodTwin

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  15. Thank God for practical health visitors. As for wanting your Pa, of course you do. You're still grieving on top of everything else you've had to cope with. I lost my Dad just over two years ago and still want him.
    One day at a time, as I'm sure I said before. You have two lovely children and B to support you - it does get better.

    GoodTwin

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