Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Celtic Festival

During the week I saw an ad on TV for a Celtic Festival in the township of Berry and decided it would make a good family outing. Berry is a lovely country town about an hour away from where we live so we decided to make a day of it.

Annabelle loved the train trip and spent most of the time looking out of the windows; somehow she missed all the cows but she thought the trees were pretty special!

We watched a lot of the traditional Celtic entertainment:- Irish Dancers, Caber Tossing and Lifting of the Stones - but when the fairground was at its noisiest, with the sounds of the pipe band, that's when Annabelle decided to have a snooze. No amount of bagpipes were going to wake her up!

After buying some Celtic jewellery and sampling the lovely Celtic food (Irish soda bread and Cornish pasties were my favourites) it was time time head back to the train station.

A good day out!

One of the many pipe bands

It may have been sunny but there was still a chill in the air!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Too Blessed To Be Stressed

It feels like forever since I've had time for myself - what spare time I have is usually spent either washing clothes or folding them and putting them away!

The last week has been a tough one for us as Annabelle has been ill. I was at work last Friday when I received a call from her daycare mum asking me to come home and collect her - I commute to work, which normally takes 2 hours each way, but of course last week track work was being done on  my line so it took even longer to get home.

Initially Annabelle seemed quite cheerful, despite having gastroenteritis, but as the days wore on her temperament worsened and the last two days have been filled with lots of sad moments. I seem to spend a lot of time questioning why Annabelle is crying; does she have a headache? Is it a pain in her tummy....? It's so hard when she can't tell me what's wrong and sometimes cuddles from Mummy make no difference at all.

In the middle of this was Mother's Day - my first ever! I wish I had photos but when I got my camera out the battery was flat. Still, the fact that I'm actually able to celebrate Mother's Day as a Mother is something that I am thankful for every day, I'm still amazed to have Annabelle as my daughter.

On Tuesday I took Annabelle to the Doctors as I was worried that she was dehydrating but I was more concerned that she wasn't improving as she's such a wee thing and can't afford to lose any weight. The Doctor told me to feed Annabelle nothing but diltuted sweetened condensed milk for at least 24 hours, after which her stomach should improve enough for her to start on bland solids.

I'm not saying the Doctor doesn't know what he's talking about but if anything the condensed milk made Annabelle worse as she started vomitting after each bottle so on the advice of the local pharmacist I put her back on her formula and finally today she seems to be improving.

I'm hoping for a weekend with a few less nappy changes, less nappy rash, a lot more smiles and a stretch of sleep that is longer than 4 hours! Perhaps I'm asking for too much.