And so it starts, TT But at least they both seem sensible - agree that going into Glasgow to meet him behind your back was a bit sneaky, but if she'd told you you wouldn't have allowed her to go, would you? I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's highly unlikely to last once she starts uni I'd have thought - there will be far too much going on and the prohibitive cost of travel will soon put the mockers on it. Maybe if he comes to visit first you'll decide he's lovely (hopefully) and feel better about her going to London to see him? All part of the 'letting go' process which we all hate/dread!
CM, you sounded so much more chipper yesterday - very pleased to hear that things are a bit better at work and you have someone you can offload to. Very important! Sorry to hear your holiday wasn't what you'd hoped for and expected, but I do agree with Hoggle that holidays can sometimes be that way simply because we expect far too much from them and almost feel under pressure to make them perfect when we have spent a lot of money on them and looked forward to them for many months.
CC, sorry to hear things are still not great and that you're having doubts. I hope you are able to work it out - and whatever the outcome, find a way forward. Big hugs.
TTid, love the name Fay and what a sweetie! Nice to be able to name her after your grandmother as well. Love the FB photo of all three of them; gorgeous. Birth sounds a bit traumatic so hope your recovery is good.
Sonya, hope it isn't too long a wait for you now and pleased that you have some home security - that must be a weight off your mind. Not great to be in limbo at your stage of pregnancy! Pip, hope there is some progress on the home front for you too.
Caro, hope you are feeling a bit better. You are one amazing lady - so brave. I can't believe you had the courage to have your head shaved; not sure I could do that, even if I knew I was going to lose my hair anyway. You looked fab in your buff in the FB photo (was goi ng to say 'you looked fab in the buff' but realised that might sound a little odd!!)
We had a lovely holiday in Wales and even managed two weeks (almost) without rain. Our accommodation in Pembrokeshire (Freshwater East) was great - about 150 metres from the beach - and we had barbecues on the beach three times (with varying degrees of success; keeping the bloody thing lit in the wind was a challenge!) Weather was mainly dry and sunny although not always spectacularly warm but Kit was in the sea regardless. I think if we do UK holidays more regularly we will all buy wetsuits; water was far too cold to be in for any length of time, and even if you got used to the water temperature the wind when you came out of the sea was offputting. We explored some beautiful, unspoilt and often virtually empty beaches and little coves, went to Pembroke and Manorbier castles, spent a day at a water park and did some of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path walk which was amazing. Our second week was spent at the in-laws and we had one especially nice day at Aberdovey - it was hot and it's a lovely, old-fashioned seaside town and totally unspoilt, with a lovely big beach. Being back at work sucks - and I can't believe there are only two more weeks left of the school holidays
Caro, hope it went OK. As far as I can tell from reading around the internet, the Port-a-cath is the way to go. It's inserted under the skin so is completely invisible apart from perhaps a slight bump (more visible if you're skinny) and is also less likely to get infected as there is no line hanging out anywhere. Advice was to draw around your bra/crop top if getting it fitted so it can be positioned away from any straps and therefore avoid rubbing. Hickman is a central line that goes straight into one of the heart veins but you'll be left with an external line that has to be sterilised. The PICC is similar to Hickman but goes into an arm instead. Issues with it appear to be very limited range of movement in the arm it's in, difficulty in finding t-shirts/short-sleeved tops that hide it and again the need to keep it clean/sterile (bagging it for showers etc). The main drawback to the port seems to be that there can be a wait to get it fitted.
Hope that helps. Will be back properly when back from holiday next week, we have very limited mobile and WiFi here at in-laws so going to post this now before I lose it!
Caro, that's very reassuring. And I think the consultant should be prepared to answer as many questions as you ask! If you go to Wales whereabouts are you going? We leave tomorrow and are staying at Freshwater East in Pembrokeshire (kind of midway between Tenby and Pembroke I think, not far from St Davids). Really looking forward to it, although I think the heatwave's about to end ...
Woohoo Hoggle! Great news, you must be so pleased. Hope it all goes well for him, always daunting starting a new job especially after a period of nothing.
CC, how did you get rid of S's comforter? I so want Kit to ditch his - it's minging. He sucks his thumb when he has it (only then) but he also sucks the thing itself and it stinks. It is - of all things - a baby Grobag that he once slept in and now has holes worn through where it's been sucked so much. Eeww. Would love him to give it up as I'm constantly having to wash it to stop him getting a rash round his mouth but I can't just take it away from him - that would be too cruel. I have a very lazy left eye - it was picked up when I was about J's age and I had to wear hideous NHS glasses with the right eye frosted for a few years. Eventually the strength of the eye improved a bit and they told me I didn't have to wear them any more. Eye now is pretty bad but my right eye is 20:20 so compensates. I suppose I could have laser surgery on the bad one? Or just wear one contact lens? But it doesn't really affect me in any way so I don't bother.
Great news about nut allergy Sonya. We found out in a pretty irresponsible way that Kit doesn't have one - on the beach in Cornwall when he was about two, decided he was starving and raided the lunch bag containing peanut chewy bars ... good job no reaction as God knows where the nearest hospital was!
Enjoy the Games Ikkle!
Sensible decision re. Abingdon, Pip - and I agree, I don't think I could face putting in all that training if I knew there was no chance of getting the result I wanted/am capable of.
Just a few things to tie up at work and then I am free for two weeks! Yay!!