Kinsey - she's also suddenly got lots of words. Some of them aren't recognisable to everyone (or even me, sometimes) instantly, but she's definitely getting there, and copies everything, so I'm not concerned any more. She can also sing songs recognisably so I think that must be a pretty good sign that her hearing's ok! She's an amazingly confident little thing, which I think must come from being surrounded constantly by older children and adults who basically seem to do whatever she wants - most of our friends have children who are at least 2 years older than her so she's always been the 'baby' and is over-indulged, cuddled and cosseted by all our good friends, who she adores. She pays back all the attention with enormous smiles, cuddles and love, and everyone comes out of the deal well...and so it goes on!
Well done B on the periscope recognition. I don't think I'd be able to make out that complex a word from O yet!
Kinsey - glad B is better. We've been to the Christmas performance this evening too - O kept running around the church but eventually settled on running over to one of our good friends and stayed happily on his lap for the last half hour, which was a relief as I was ready to dis-own her!
I really can't remember anything else now, and our current worries seem trivial compared to what others are going through so I think I'm going to go and get some soup and a glass of wine and sit here in peace since my lovely husband has gone out for a bike ride!
Ok, so I haven't posted for ages so I'm not sure where to start...but I have been reading and thinking of everyone. I mentally compose replies to you all when I read, but that's not really much use unless you can read my mind so I'll try and briefly catch up!
Tatty - so sorry to hear what you've been going through, it sounds very tough, and like many others I have no wise words, just sympathetic ears (or eyes, maybe?!).
Camlo - hope you get things sorted with your mum. Again it sounds like a really difficult situation.
Lotte - the pics of you on Facebook look amazing after your run - I don't look that fresh when I get up in the morning after a full nights sleep!
Caro - hope you're feeling better soon.
CC - here's to ball dropping (that sounds vaguely rude!!). I feel all over the place at the moment too!
EF - we should have swapped numbers. I was going to try and come by the airport after dropping all the children off, but I didn't get done until just after 9.30 and then realised I hadn't brought my wallet so wouldn't have been able to park! I was at home on Tuesday as well, so you could have come over here in the afternoon instead of waiting at the airport - so annoying!
Hoggle - good luck, and patient waiting! I hope they wouldn't let you go 3 weeks overdue! O is 2 on Dec 21st (which was her due date) and I remember feeling slightly stressed about trying to get her born (as if I really had any choice in the matter!) as far away from Christmas as possible. I know people say that they enjoy having a Christmas day birthday, but I really didn't want that!
How much clinical work does the prof do? Professor is a posh title but basically means you're an academic, so possibly not the best placed to make clinical decisions, depending on what he actually does day to day - some are very academic, research based, and some much more clinical. (I'm sure you know that, but it's worth bearing in mind if you're in a situation where he seems to be suggesting something different from the oncologist). The heart stuff sounds scary, and just another level of uncertainty in the whole thing. Is it an echo you want to have? I hope you get some clarity from your meetings and feel comfortable with the decision you make - is your husband able to go with you to help you remember everything that's been said?
Caro - I think a good question is something along the lines of 'if I was your daughter/sister/wife (delete as age appropriate!), what would you advise me to do'. Obviously after you've asked any questions you've got about what the treatment involves, what the statistics suggest is best etc. Because at the end of the day, there isn't a 'right' answer, and no one can give you the assurances I'm sure you would so desperately love to hear, so the best that you and they can do, is make the decision that's as right as possible for you, and that means making sure they're seeing you as a real person sitting in front of them and not as a statistic from a research trial.
I hope that makes sense, and I hope the consultations go well and give you the ability to make a good choice for you. My thoughts, as always, are with you.