This weeks Little Things comes to you from beneath a pile of blankets and through a fog of olbas oil.
It all began with our trip to see Gran, who two days later was in hospital – admitted for a fall and quickly quarantined with flu. First, Dan succumbed, a coughing, shivering zombie, haunting the master bedroom. I’m a poor nurse, and he was given little sympathy as I struggled on with Bee, daily chores and negotiating appointments with the estate agent trying to value, photograph and energy assess the house. Two days later, as Dan’s illness reached its peak, Bee went down.
In her 19 months Bee has only ever had two high temperatures. One after her 2nd injections, and one when her canines came through. This week Bee had four days of fever.
I racked my brain to try to think of any Little Things, and it’s only in these last couple of days I’ve been able to see them.
A Little Breastfeeding and Bed-sharing
Had we not been a bed-sharing family, I would not have been alerted to Bee’s fever spike on the first night. Having her next to me meant I knew immediately that something was wrong, that she wasn’t well. Had we not been a bed-sharing family, I wouldn’t have been able to monitor her, to raise her head onto my chest, and still get sleep myself. Had we not been natural-term breastfeeding, I would have worried when she refused to eat solids for three days. Instead, my milk was able to provide nourishment, comfort and antibodies to help her fight the virus.
A Little Space
It has been an intense week, cooped up in the house with a miserable Dan and toddler. But today the fever broke, and Bee seemed to be on the mend. We met with friends, walked and had a quiet lunch in my favourite community cafe. Bee loves the large open space, and I can let her explore after eating, while I finish my tea in peace. It’s amazing how a large expanse of wooden floor can keep a toddler so entertained!
If you’re ever in Shipley do visit the Kirkgate Centre Community Cafe (open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) – they serve the most delicious pasta and homemade hummus (obviously not together) and their chocolate brownies are amazing.
A Little Sponge
Even through all the illness, Bee is still absorbing everything around her and learning constantly. Of late she’s become fascinated with watching me get ready in the morning, putting cream on my face and legs. She always wants to have some to try herself. So, it was inevitable that she’d one day see the similarities between face cream and yoghurt. Obviously, we took photographs.
What have you been up to this week? What are the Little Things that have made you smile?