Hello middle of March. Where on earth did you come from?
I totally missed doing my usual monthly roundup for February, so here’s a quick glance at the month and some of my favourite Bella and Reuben photos. Photos of them OUTSIDE! Because the weather really did start to cheer up at one point! We realised we could go to the park after playschool, instead of instantly running home as fast as possible to get in from the cold. There is life outside my house. I am so ready to come out of hibernation now. Cabin fever is truly starting to sink in!
We also had kind of good news about Reuben and his pulmonary stenosis (a type of congenital heart disease). We were expecting to be told he’d need to be booked in for open heart surgery at his February check up, but the pressure across the valve in his heart had not risen too much since his last appointment. Phew! This means they are happy to wait another 6 months to see what it’s like then. We felt so relieved as this will be the longest wait between appointments so far. We know he will need something at some point as his valve pressure is rising and it’s on the borderline of needing action. But, they want to delay this action for as long as possible. This means we can go a good few months without thinking about it! They also said there is a possibility they can try the balloon dilation procedure again which will be way less intrusive than surgery. So fingers crossed!
The same day we had Reuben’s check-up we also signed our wills. What a day! Very depressing! I’m so glad it’s done now though and our wishes for what would happen to Reuben and Bella should the worst happen to me and Ben, are now all in place. It’s such a difficult conversation to have, but if you have children I’d really recommend writing a will. It’s so important for the future of your children.
We had half term in February and it went by in a flash. I made plans every day and it whizzed by. I was worried Bella would get bored so perhaps over planned, but she had a great time and caught up with friends we can only see in the holidays.
Ben and I finished off the month with a massage at Polka Dot Beauty in Cheltenham. I go regularly and had bought a voucher for Ben for Christmas. Most people seem to see massages as a luxury experience, but I go regularly as I feel it’s really important for your body, mind and overall wellbeing. It’s literally the only hour (every 6 weeks or so) where I switch my mind off, destress and relax. I do usually talk for most of the hour, but it’s still me time! I also get very knotty shoulders so it’s great to have all these released. It’s only £25 per hour at Polka Dot Beauty and highly recommended.
The rest of the short February month was filled with usual chaotic family life. There’s just never enough time is there? Life seems to be speeding up more and more lately and I’m always drowning in housework, business work and trying to maintain my hobbies! It’s always go go go and I don’t think life will be slowing down anytime soon. At least it will be summer soon. The sun always makes things much easier and everyone a lot happier!