Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Christmas 2013


I was unbelievably excited about Christmas, it was going to be our first as a family of four and Summer's first Christmas but things didn't exactly go to plan when on the 8th December my 9 month old daughter Summer was rushed to hospital with pneumonia. After spending a few days in intensive care and a week in hospital in Derby she was transferred to Nottingham for surgery as the pneumonia had caused fluid to accumulate around her lung and needed to be drained, she spent a further week and a half in hospital and finally got discharged on Christmas Eve at around 6pm. 


So we had her home for Christmas but we'd missed out on everything that makes it special, all of the exciting build up, the activities like ice skating, visiting Santa, writing cards and wrapping presents, our trip on the Santa train, everything was cancelled. Instead of being excited my 3 and a half year old son Riley spent most of December very unsettled and upset because his baby sister and Mummy weren't there anymore, he didn't go to school because we were at the hospital all day and there was no-one to take him and pick him up so he missed out on all the fun school activities at Christmas, basically it was a nightmare for everyone.

Luckily I had been pretty organised this year and had done most of my Christmas shopping early otherwise there would have been no presents on Christmas Day, but with the help of my Mum everything was wrapped and ready for the kids and we tried for Riley's sake to have the best day we could although it didn't feel much like Christmas for me and my husband as we were so drained from everything that had happened with Summer.

I have to say that as awful as it is to be in hospital around Christmas time they do try really hard to make it as festive as possible for everyone, especially the children. Summer had visits from numerous charities handing out gifts and also the Nottingham Forest footballers visited which my husband loved and one footballer in particular fell in love with Summer, he even tweeted about her afterwards which I thought was so lovely.


Although December didn't pan out like we'd hoped we had our baby girl home and we were very thankful for that so we tried to have the best Christmas that we could given the circumstances. Here's some pictures of our Christmas 2013.







Hope everyone had a good Christmas and a happy new year!

XXX

9 comments:

  1. Ohh dear not the best Christmas for you but seems like you made the best of it!
    Hope your little one is on the mend now x

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    1. Thanks Kim, she's getting there but she has a cold at the min and it's gone straight to her chest so she's got to stay on antibiotics a bit longer, hopefully she'll be fine though. Happy New Year! xx

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  2. Poor sweet girl! How awful for you all! I hope she's on the road to recovery now. What a stressful scary time for you all! x

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    1. Thanks Harriet, I can honestly say it was the worst experience of my life and I hope we never have to go through anything like that again. Anyway new year, new start! Happy New Year xx

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  3. Aw so sorry it didn't go to plan but at least she was home for Christmas! I hope you're looking forward to next year Xx

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    1. Yeah we're really thankful that she didn't have to stay in for Christmas :) Happy New Year xx

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  4. Aww so awful for Summer's first Christmas but at least she was home in the end and you got the day in your own environment. She'll have those photos to look back on and thats what she'll remember about her first Christmas :)

    xxx

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    1. Yeah I'm so glad she was at home on Christmas Day, I'd have hated her to have her Christmas photos in hospital :( xx

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  5. So relieved Summer is better. It must have been awful for you all. Lovely to see Riley and Summer smiling in your Christmas pics. xx

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