Over Christmas you expect to get invites to 1 or 2 events not Ella she met Santa on 5 occasions!! While other children cowered behind their parents or got so close and cried not Ella she chased after Santa, pulled his beard and stole his jingle bells.
We guessed with the arrival of Hannah mid November December would be busy but we didn’t bargain on it being just as busy as it was. Saying that Ella had a ball, David and I enjoyed seeing the excitement and mischief in her little face and Hannah slept through most of it.
Put Ella in front of a camera and a little show off appears in front of you. She was in her element all through the month.
The month started with a nativity play in the special needs nursery Ella goes to. Other mothers had said the play is a real tear jerker but in a good way. This did worry me slightly as my hormones were still settling down following giving birth. I didn’t want to be a blubbering wreck in front of others, especially people I didn’t know. I managed to hold it together. Ella was an angel, she was the first one into the room but unfortunately sitting on the opposite side of the room from us. She looked very cute.
Ella has been going to a private nursery 1 and half days a week just 5 minutes away since she was 7 months old. She has a ball there and has the staff round her little finger. She walks into her room in the morning pulls out a seat and sits at the table demanding her breakfast. The Christmas party was no different – she followed Santa and Mrs Clause to their seat. The first boy called up wasn’t impressed with Santa and started to cry, Ella thought this was very funny and stood in the middle of the room laughing.
As Santa was getting ready to leave Ella was quicker than him and got to the jingle bells first. She walked in front of Mr & Mrs Clause as they left, we were to all sing jingle bells, while we sung she shook the bells but as soon as we stopped singing the bells were thrown on the floor.
The early hours of Fri morning before Christmas found us in A&E with Ella for the first time. She had croup. Despite having trouble breathing, low stats and a cough like a seal she still managed a friendly wave to those that spoke to her.
Christmas day was a quiet affair, my parents and brother came for dinner, Ella spent quite a while in bed as she still wasn’t feeling great. Boxing day we were at my aunts house, on more than one occasion I found myself childless.
We hadn’t made plans for NYE and had Hannah been sleeping before midnight that would have been out aim as well. No such luck. We weren’t happy with Hannah’s health and I ended up taking her to out of hours doctor. We were leaving the house as big Ben was chiming on TV. Diagnosed with mild bronchilitis. Sunday night Hannah took a big turn for the worse and she was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon. Both Hannah and I were in hospital until Saturday afternoon. Ella adapted very well to babysitters in the evening but couldn’t understand why Hannah wasn’t in her moses basket.
Ella was napping when we got home, she walked into living room after nap, saw the car seat where Hannah was sleeping and broke into a canter to get to Hannah and kiss her — I was most definitely not missed as much.
Had a very proud mummy moment this week. The OT from the private nursery called to discuss the assessment she carried out and suggested Ella move into the next room up so as she was being challenged. She felt Ella had achieved as much as she could in that room. The manager maybe wasn’t just so sure with the concern being Ella is very small compared to the other kids. David and I spoke about it and decided to go with it. After all she is always going to be smaller than her peers. I went to speak to the manager about it and tomorrow will be her first day as a Buzzy Bee. I am sooooo proud and will update you all as to how it goes.