Our Family Life 2021 (25/52)

Our Family Life 2021


We had to miss toddler group this morning as Freddie still isn’t very well and neither is Belle now so we’re all huddled at home wishing the germs away. 


It’s a workday for me and I’m more than happy for some time away from the kids who are both ill in that annoying whingy way. Chris is now feeling ill so it’s time to start thinking about getting a COVID test just to be on the safe side.


We didn’t want to take any risks so we’re all going to be tested at our local Corona drive-through. It was exactly as we expected. A nightmare! Freddie wasn’t too bad. We made a game of looking for his bogeys up his nose with the swab which he was more than up for. Belle on the other hand was the nightmare. She refused and squirmed, and it was getting hotter and hotter in the car. Well, we got it done eventually, but I was a hot sweaty mess underneath my mask. So gross!


Thursdays I usually go into the office, but because of the COVID test, I’m working from home. Mid-morning we got our results which were thankfully negative. I rang the school and work to let them know that we’d been given the all-clear. Isabelle is itching to get back to school, but she’s still coughing quite a lot so we think we’ll keep her off until Monday. 


As we’ve been cooped up all week I took the kids out for a walk today. It was lovely just being outside. Both the kids like being outside so when we got home, we had our lunch in the garden and spent the rest of the day playing outside.


We spent the day wrapping presents and making cards for Father’s Day. Freddie made handmade wrapping paper using paint to print his handprints on brown paper, and Belle made a batch of Rock Cakes by herself.

Belle prefers to have her own gifts to give now that she’s older so that she can hide it in her wardrobe. She’s really thoughtful when making cards and decorating her gifts.

Ryan brought Luka round which always puts a smile on Freddie’s face. They messed around on the trampoline and got up to the usual mischief getting ALL the toys out.


It’s Fathers Day so we had a very rushed Full English and present unwrapping before Chris had to dash off to work. That’s the trouble with him working in retail and taking weekends off is a premium. He got some very nice gifts from the kids. Ryan was very flash with his presents this year as it’s the first year that he’s been earning a decent wage – a very nice pair of running shoes means that Chris is going to have to get his act together and start running again! It wasn’t until the afternoon that I realised that this is the first year that I haven’t got anybody to buy a card and a present for. I was going to go round to my Mum’s with some cake for a cuppa but Freddie fell asleep, so I just sat and moped about a bit. We had a nice takeaway when Chris got home from work. Curry since it was his choice. If it was left to Belle to choose we’d have had McDonald’s.

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Our Family Life 2021 (17/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (17/52)

Monday Freddie and I had a day of playing. He’s just started to take an interest in quieter things such as jigsaws and games. I think this kid is definitely one who needs soft play so he can throw himself around, climb and jump without causing himself any damage. My neighbour messaged me to say she’d left a wizard costume for Freddie on the doorstep which he absolutely loved. We spent a good amount of time playing witches and wizards where he turned me into frogs, pigs and Pooh-poohs!

I really want to ditch the pram now. Freddie is going to be three in June, but there are still some days where the school pick up is just too much for him. Plus we’ve been taking the long way round so that we can take the dog with us as well which the kids enjoy.

Tuesday I had my second COVID jab. It was much quicker than the first as the queues weren’t anything like the first time. I really felt the liquid going into my arm, and the nurse hesitated which was quite sore. I stayed the required 15 minutes afterwards and it felt good to get it over and done with. After my first reaction, I took Paracetamol as soon as it was done and drank extra water. I felt fine apart from a sore arm at the site of the injection.

Wednesday I woke up, still with a sore arm but also with swollen lymph nodes under my arms like last time. I felt really really tired and a bit vacant. Freddie and I had a quiet day of painting and playing. Freddie really doesn’t do things half hearted. He loves crafts so as well as painting his pictures, he painted his face as well.

Thursday I took the day off sick as I really didn’t feel great. As well as feeling tired and generally unwell, my armpits were really swollen and uncomfortable. I was also really cold despite it being a lovely day. I reported these symptoms as per the leaflet I was given and took it easy for the rest of the day.

Friday I still didn’t feel that great, so kept Freddie entertained in the garden with the trampoline. I still felt so cold whilst my neighbour was sat outside in a vest top.

Saturday was such a lovely day. Ryan came over with Luka and we spent the day playing in the garden. Having two nearly three year olds together can sometimes be a bit tricky, as neither of them are particularly great at sharing. Apart from only a few minor spats we managed to have a lovely day. They both learnt that holding onto a ball so the other can’t have it isn’t much fun. It’s much nicer throwing or kicking the ball to each other!

Sunday was another nice weather day, and we went over to my mums to discuss funeral arrangements. We finally have a date for the funeral, so we had to decide on songs, write a eulogy and pick flowers. All this stuff is so hard so. I knew it would be boring for the kids so I promised them subway for lunch afterwards. I don’t think we’ve been there for a couple of years, so we thoroughly enjoyed it. Steak and cheese on toasted Italian bread with sweet onion sauce, hands down is the best.

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