While I breastfeed my almost 5 year old to sleep, I thought I'd catch you up on our recent adventures. I have been going through a phase of feeling fiercely protective of our lives, not wanting to share so much with the world, and I'm still kind of in that mindset but anyway. ..
We had a short break out of Dublin, got to breathe fresh country air and experience life in a rural setting. I go on about someday moving to the country and owning hens etc but I see that though restful and peaceful, I need me chipper on speed-dial (you think I'm joking! ).I also enjoyed an evening of wines, bars and sushi in the capital the other night which would not be so easily done if I lived anywhere else. So since coming home I've dug a vegetable patch and transplanted all my broccoli I grew from seed into it. I also have two windows full of peas which will hopefully bear fruit this summer, along with 6 small strawberry plants out front and a young apple tree.bringing the country to the city in my humble way. Plus I harvest and drink my own dandelion tea daily now too. Before you think I've gone all holier-than-thou on you: dinner tonight was chipper chips with garlic sauce and a Coke.
We also spent 3weeks in the grip of slapped cheek virus. Very interesting from a medical perspective. We'd come in contact with a carrier of it, Charlie got flushed of chops and feverish for a week. Days when he was glassy-eyed and tired, on the boob a whole lot, eating little but keeping it down. His fever came and went for about 10 days. Then Noah got it, highest temperature I've ever felt in my babies (couldn't quote an impressive number-no therrmometer -suffice to say I couldn't keep a hand on his head it was so hot) 4 days running he had it, I even gave him Calpol once to take it down as it wasn't spiking up and down-just constantly hot all evening and night though he'd be fine by day. His fontanelle is still slightly open so I know that helps, plus weirdly he was still eating all around him, and on the boob too so I wasn't that worried. Until a day after the fever broke when he couldn't move his neck and screamed at the light from the opening curtain, so we immediately got a gp (our first ever, momentous) and he pronounced him meningitis-free. Phew.
In that time my resolution of an outfit a day on Instagram went out the window, as life is too short to be kicking nappies out of sight and finding shoes when you've a sick baby. It just felt wrong. I also deleted the Facebook app off my phone-which makes it harder for me to get hooked into lots of distracting stuff and therefore more productive in real life. I don't get the argument against Facebook, people saying it's just fake and not real life?
It's totally real life, real people are sharing ideas there al the time, and I think it's a fa tastic resource (FB) - without it I'd never have heard about the creche controversies this week. I mean, is anyone really surprised? Does Ireland have any decent track record of caring for children en masse? My heart goes out to the families involved. But I'm disgusted that the crèches have remained open and are still making money. (Before anyone accuses me of being ina privileged position to be able to stay at home with my kids-we've chosen to live on the breadline so we can raise our family this way-no regrets). I sincerely hope the tax payer is not going to be funding a second preschool year- id rather see the money support stay at home parents. That's my two cents worth.
While I'm in the mood though, if any of ye are near Carlow district court thus Thursday 6th June, you might like to pop along and show your support for a beautiful family I know - Monica and Eddie O'Connor. They are a wonderful home-educating family who have also fostered many children in their time. They are mistakenly being hauled through the courtspfor failing to register their youngest children with the (new, unconstitutional, self-appointed) education welfare board (NEWB). They are making a stand for all home educators rights, opposing this registration as unconstitutional, which it clearly is. The irish constitution states that the family is the prime educator of the child, and the state hassno power to enforce school attendance. Yet in practice the state is doing exactly that. I don't see how they can lose their case, but you never know. If you are sceptical about home education and the kind of families that do it let me assure you this family are intelligent, normal, models of the community- as far from the stereotype of a furtively fanatical stereotype as ypu can get. I'll link more information on mu Facebook page closer to the time.
Apologies for the many typos in this post. My inner perfectionist is aghast, but typing's near impossible on this phone, and my laptop is banjaxed, and I'd be up in the divorce courts if I asked for the mac again tonight. Just count yourselves lucky you got a bloody blogpost to read at all, and ignore the mistakes! (What with me headache and me unpainted nails and me buke that needs reading -jaysus yiz are lucky to hear from me at all!)