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.
Had a great day at the hospital today there was one little girl with big blue eyes who stole my heart I hope she goes home tomoz for Xmas 😘— Henri Lansbury (@HenriLansbury10) December 23, 2013