I saw a quote on tumblr a few days ago about how to appreciate warm weather you needed to experience cold weather. Or something like that. Who posted it???!
My Facebook newsfeed is jammed with junk these days. But I did come across two articles that are worth sharing (in my opinion!).
First - this is a short and worthwhile read if you have daughters. I made a conscious decision to never talk badly about my own body or go on about diets etc (not that I was ever really like that anyway). But this takes it a step further. Here is the article.
Second - I read about a new app that speeds up your reading allowing you to read a novel in less than 90 minutes. Lord knows my Book Club could do with this app! We are all busy Mums and the majority of us never finish the book in time for our monthly meeting. Have a click through - there is a real example of how you can go from reading 250 words per minute to 500 words per minute. Genius. Although, I don’t know about you but I would need a pause button because sometimes I come across words that are so beautifully woven together that I need a minute to re-read and ponder them before moving on.
Do you wish you had siblings?
I got this question all the time as a child. It was irritating because I thought the answer was so obvious. Of course not! I was completely happy as an only child. Didn’t miss having a sibling at all.
Then adulthood struck. And my answer changed. I would love to have a sister. More than anything.
So while I wouldn’t have minded whether Alex was a boy or girl I secretly wished for a girl. I wanted Charlotte to have a sister.
The two of them genuinely adore each other. I really hope it continues.
Over the Christmas break the people who used to live in our house stopped by to see the renovations. They were a family with two daughters - 17 and 19 years old. I couldn’t stop watching them as I trailed behind with my girls who are also 2 years apart in age. I was seeing my future. Or at least what I hope for my future. They were both polite, confident, intelligent, and friendly girls and they were clearly the best of friends.
Saw this on Facebook. Thought it was brilliant. I immediately turned everything backwards. I’m ready.
I’m obsessed with streamlining my closet. I already did a major clean out a few months ago, donated bag loads of stuff, sold the good stuff on eBay and the things I couldn’t let go of were hung up in the guest bedroom closet. Anything still in that closet at the end of the year will be donated.
So this happened.
It was the simplest thing. We were at a birthday party on Sunday morning at an indoor play area. I was holding her hand as she stepped down about 3 inches off a ledge and her right leg just collapsed under her. She started to scream. I gave her a hug and did the usual dust off you’re ok, off you go but she continued screaming and more worryingly she wouldn’t put any weight on her leg.
I picked her up and walked away from everyone. The screaming continued. I tested her leg again. She wouldn’t walk on it. My heart sank.
I gathered up Charlotte, said my goodbyes (failing to hold back tears) and headed straight to the ER (with one child in the backseat crying from pain and the other child crying because she was missing out on birthday cake).
They x rayed her and the results were somewhat inconclusive. The ER doctor was sure it was a Buckle Fracture but the scans were emailed to the orthopedic surgeon who wasn’t so sure. They put her leg in a splint and sent us home.
We headed to the ortho surgeon’s office this morning. Apparently it’s fairly typical for x rays of children’s bones be difficult to read. There is certainly something showing up on the x ray right at the area where she responds with pain - it could be a fracture or it could be something else. He didn’t want to do another x ray and subject her to more radiation - I could not agree more. The surgeon wanted to treat her conservatively and put her in a full leg cast which I pushed back on because she has been pain-free since leaving the hospital and desperately trying her best to walk or at least stand as best as possible with the splint on. He agreed it was a good fact pattern and instead we could keep her in the splint and bring her back in a week for a check up.
Fingers crossed she will make a speedy recovery and the splint will be off in a week.
The good news is that she is her normal happy self and isn’t a bit bothered by the splint. I thought she’d be clawing at it trying to get it off. Nope, she just gets on with things dragging the leg behind her as she crawls around with her good leg.