Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Lakes Trip

As it's my last week off before going back to work, I've been trying to occupy my time as much as possible.  And to spend as much time with Ella as I can before the early mornings and working life resumes.  We still have appointments to attend, shopping to do etc but I want to do a few more fun things before this chapter ends. 

I have been thinking a lot about the last 9 months recently.  On Monday this week, our friend, little baby Rosie who also has Down's and a heart defect went into Alder Hey to have her heart surgery.  I spent all day reliving the emotions and stress that I felt when Ella was in theatre. I got regular text updates from her mum and hoped my replies allayed some of her worries and fears.  I know, having been there that nothing anyone says means anything even though you know they mean well.  The only thing that makes you feel better is having your baby back with you, awake and smiling and happy.  To come home with the baby you took into hospital is all you want.  It's a difficult experience to put into words but to sum it up in one sentence it seems that, as parents, our hearts have to be broken in order to get our babies hearts mended.

Have heard today that Rosie is doing well.  Hopefully she will be off ITU and back on the ward tomorrow.  I am planning to visit them on Sunday, but she may even be home by then (everything crossed for that).  It's so amazing how quickly they recover from such a major operation - much quicker than the parents do! 

Back to this week....
Mum & Chris invited us to stay with them in the Lakes where they are spending a few days near Keswick.  As Ian is on nights, Ella and I went up for a night during the week. 

We tested the off road capabilities of the buggy and had a walk along the side of Lake Buttermere.....



The weather was overcast but fairly warm and there were plenty of people out and about




After the walk and Ella charming an old couple in the cafe, it was playtime.....




The sky went from red to dusk very quickly and the sun set below the hills suddenly much earlier than we are used to.....




This time next week I will be back at work....

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