From a personal perspective, this past week is one I would prefer never happened. It started out with my grandmother going into hospital. She is old and frail, yet you never want to see those around you in pain. Then my dad got run down by a car while on his bike. Thankfully he’s an experienced rider and knows the importance of great gear. Including a helmet! This saved him and except for some minor injuries he’s fine.
Caspian has been teething for what feels like forever. Considering he’s two bottom front teeth came through at 19 weeks I would have expected him to be done by now. He’s almost there but the molars at the back have certainly taken their time. Like last time this weakens his immune system and we’ve both been battling an annoying cough. He then also attracted an ear infection which led to projectile vomiting for four nights while we were in Denmark. Little sleep for mummy! He’s now on antibiotics and is quickly picking up, and his appetite is slowly returning.
THE SADDEST NEWS
Though all of this pales into insignificance compared to the news I received Monday morning. Hence why this post got delayed. A very dear friend had unexpectedly passed away. I say unexpectedly as even though she’d been in hospital since before New Year’s Eve with suspected pneumonia she was fit and healthy and everybody naturally expected her to pull through. Having texted with her only a few days before we left for Denmark it all seems so surreal.
We only met four years ago through work though I feel like I’ve known her a lifetime. She was the most positive person with a beautiful smile on her face who would always focus on the good in others. Though being close I’ve seen moments of pure vulnerability and sadness as she so wanted life and love to work out. Even struggling through pain, tests, and scans in hospital she picked up on the beauty of the skyline outside her window and found immense pleasure in the simple, caring messages from friends and family.
The last picture I posted that week, on the Sunday where she passed, sums her up perfectly. Without knowing it became a tribute to her. She was silly in the best sense of the word and I will hold in my heart the moments of joy and laughter we have shared over the years. She was honest and laid her heart bare even when it meant risking getting hurt. Lastly, she was kind and wanted to make the world a better place. With her positive nature she did and I will take her attitude to life with me going forward. I will try and honour her as best as I can by living life to the fullest, dreaming big and loving fiercely.
THIS WEEK’S PICTURES
The photos of Caspian are from our wonderful trip to Winchester which we enjoyed the first week of the New Year. I now know to take nothing for granted and I will cherish these memories even more.