Lots of catching up to do here.
Firstly I missed posting my photo of the week last week which would have been this one:
Not a great photo but it has 4 of the 6 grandchildren in it and their parents, plus hubby in the background. I took loads but it's nigh on impossible to get four little ones all looking the right way, let alone smiling. This was probably the best of a bad lot.
Matt and Amy had arrived late on the Tuesday (27th) and this was taken on the Wednesday. They stayed until last Sunday (1st) and we managed to get all the grandkids together briefly on the Saturday but I didn't even attempt to get a group photo.
The main reason they were down at this time was to attend a wedding on the Thursday (29th). On that day Nick and I had all of the little ones in this photo during the day, except Rory who was at nursery. We then collected Rory from nursery and after feeding them we handed Rory and Vinny over to two of our lovely nieces to put to bed while we brought Noah and Miles back here to do the same.
Noah is very good at going to bed and, even though he's not as used to us as his other grandparents he didn't make a peep. Miles was a bit more challenging but eventually gave in.
I didn't dare try and put him down in the cot!
As you can imagine hosting them and having the others visiting didn't leave much time for blogging!
This week started very differently and this is my photo of the week:
This is a screen shot of the NHS app on my phone.
Unfortunately someone at the wedding tested positive for Covid. This meant Matt and Amy had to get tested and unfortunately Amy tested positive. She had been feeling unwell but hoped it was just a bad cold. Noah hadn't been well while they were here and was constantly telling us he was "snotty"!
This meant Nick and I had to go for PCR tests plus Rebecca & Vicky. Fortunately we all tested negative but rules are still that you have to isolate for 10 days from last contact with an infected person.
Michael & Liz and their boys were already on a plane to New York! They had tested before they left and tested again when they arrived and again were negative.
So it seemed that Amy was the only one unfortunate to have been infected. She's also the only one who's only had 1 vaccination - her second jab was booked for this week.
But then Miles became unwell and ended up in hospital for 2 nights.
They were concerned about his SATs levels which were dropping too low when he was asleep so initially they gave him oxygen through a nose cannula but then switched to a mask near his face.
He also tested positive for Covid but thankfully he improved enough that by the end of this afternoon he was allowed home. He was clearly happy about that!
Hopefully he'll continue to improve in the peace and quiet of home where he and Mummy can get some rest.
As you can see it's been a busy week or so and a worrying last few days. On top of which I obviously caught the bug that the little ones had and had a rotten cough since Monday and felt quite unwell. If I hadn't had a PCR and 3 lateral flow tests all come back negative I might be more concerned but I did feel a bit better today so hopefully over the worst.
But despite all this drama there are still things to be thankful for and on Fridays we join in at Susanne's blog Living to Tell the Story
to share them.
Here are mine:
1) That Miles and Amy are home and hopefully will continue to improve.
2) Our NHS being there when we need it, even with the pandemic.
3) That none of the rest of us caught Covid.
4) Michael and Liz made it to Vermont to see her family after a very long time - first time they have met Vinny.
Jet lag obviously caught up with Rory today:
5) Online shopping - we made it through to our delivery this morning although we were getting low on milk but of course we can't just pop out to the shop.
Hubby and I had very different priorities on what we needed to get through the isolation period though:
Nick's choice, a dozen bottles of wine.
My choice, chocolate!
5 more days to go!
Have a good weekend all!