In the middle of the week, we had one of those bittersweet moments where you truly feel like a mummy. Little One tends to suffer quite badly probably 1 in every 3 teeth which come through. He is susceptible to severe chest infections due to being born with pneumonia and a teething cold can easily turn into a full blown infection, and this week was one of those weeks. On Wednesday I was awoken at 3am by him coughing so badly. He woke up in tears and I just ran into his room and scooped him into my arms. I tried to lay him back down but all he wanted was a big mummy hug.
I decided to bring him into our bed and fully expected him to start chattering and bouncing around, but all he wanted to do was lay with his head on my chest, clutching his lamb which plays a lullaby when you wind it up. He clearly wasn't asleep but he just lay there, stroking my face and clutching his lamb. It was one of those lovely moments, one which doesn't happen often at all, and I have no idea how long we were lying there. It was definitely one of those moments where you really feel like a parent, when you know you're the only one they want, the only one who can comfort him.
I'm not sure if it's a combination of the cold weather or lack of sleep, but we both ended up unwell (LO ended up back at the doctors again with a chest infection) so on Saturday we decided to cancel all our plans and our swimming lesson. After a week of being stuck either inside, at the dentists or the doctors, and the snow had all melted, we decided to take him out for a little fresh air and some much needed sunshine. We didn't stay out long but it seemed to do us all the world of good. We had a little bite of lunch by a lovely riverside restaurant and watched the ducks swimming past, then had a little wander to the park to say hello to the geese. He was totally mesmerised as he'd never seen them before and after a little ride on the swings and a go on the slide, we headed home, Little One chattering away and with a beaming smile on his face.
We both felt heaps better and it was nice to just have a day together with no plans. I know in the whole scheme of things it probably wasn't as bad a week as it felt at the time, but when you've had 'one of those weeks', sometimes all you need is just to get out in the sunshine and blow the old cobwebs away. It makes you feel so much better.
Here's a few iPhone photos of our afternoon in the winter sunshine.