Living Arrows 7/52 (2017)

The last week has been pretty awful as weeks go… Gabe’s cough and cold is still sticking around and his cough has really started to bother him at night so sleep hasn’t been great. Then last Monday I started getting a sore throat. Overnight I had a temperature but was shivering and by the time I woke up I could barely swallow. A trip to the doctors and I was diagnosed with bacterial tonsillitis and prescribed antibiotics.

Luckily it was a day the boys were at nursery so I thought I would get chance to rest but I got a phone call at lunchtime saying Toby had a temperature and I had to pick him up. By the time I got him home his temperature was normal and there didn’t seem to be anything wrong with him except a snotty nose. Nursery policy meant he couldn’t go back for 24 hours though.

All that would have been bad enough but on Wednesday morning I had an interview at a local school for a job starting in September. I had to teach a lesson and have a formal interview, all whilst struggling to swallow, let alone do anything else. Barry was working at home with the intention being he would take the boys to nursery in the morning but of course he had to have Toby at home until lunchtime.

Needless to say I didn’t get the job, and it took until Saturday for my throat to start improving. I have managed to get through almost 39 years of life having never had tonsillitis and I sincerely hope I never have it again. I have never known pain like it, and I’ve had two children with only gas and air! I was virtually in tears every time I had to swallow and at one point I was spitting into the sink just so I wouldn’t have to!

Anyway, I’m on the mend now and this post is supposed to be about the boys not me! With being ill and stressed about the interview I’ve not exactly done my best parenting this week. My patience has been thin on the ground and I’ve been cross a lot more than I would like. On the whole though Toby has been brilliant throughout it all and thankfully his snotty nose hasn’t stopped him sleeping. He always falls asleep in our bed before I move him through to his own room and I couldn’t resist capturing his peaceful face the other night…

Toby sleeping

And despite his cold Gabe has had some very funny moments this last week. His babbling has ramped up another notch and he’s even started saying a few more recognisable words. I can’t take credit for this week’s photo of him though – Barry took this one. He’d got hold of Toby’s toy magnifying glass and he obviously knew what he was supposed to do with it!

Gabe looking through a magnifying glass

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11 thoughts on “Living Arrows 7/52 (2017)

  1. Oh Sarah what a pretty miserable week! I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t get the job, what rubbish timing to get ill. Tonsillitis is the worst, I suffered terribly as a child with it. I love the photos of your boys, especially that photo of Gabe, that is just perfect x #LivingArrows

  2. Hope everyone’s illnesses go soon. This winter seems to have been bad across the board for them.

    Love a peaceful sleeping child photo. They always look so angelic #livingarrows

  3. Ouch!! I’ve had tonsillitis once before and it’s so horrible, I couldn’t imagine having to do an interview with it. I’m glad the boys have been relatively good though – that magnifying glass photo is so sweet :). I hope this week is better for you! xx

  4. Oh how cute is Gabe!! He looks like so much fun – and Toby definitely looks peaceful, love his little catching flies mouth! So sorry you’ve been so poorly, I’m looking forward to a week or two with no bugs here at some point too! x

  5. Oh you poor thing, I have recurrent throat infections and laryngitis, and although I’ve never had tonsillitis I lose my voice (cannot even croak) and swallowing feels like razors going down my throat, so I completely sympathise with you. That photo of Gabe made me laugh and you cannot beat a good photo of a child sleeping can you? x #LivingArrows

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