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The Homestretch

Ally had to undergo surgery nearly 3 weeks ago. We had prepped her beforehand, letting her know what the procedure would be like and explaining about the post-op care. We knew there would be a substantial amount of pain post-op and we told her so as well.

The surgery went smoothly and she was home the very next day. We were extremely relived and the boys were happy to have her home. Little did we know that she had picked up a virus, we assumed that her high fever was surgery related. She was weak, tired and extremely irritable for about 4 days. She neither ate or drank very much and lost weight rapidly. It was no surprise that she soon became depressed, she couldn’t do much besides rest and this didn’t sit well with her active nature. We were very concerned, it was unlike Ally to get so down. We tried our best to cheer her up and I helped her put her feelings down into a story. It was a difficult week for everyone at home.

3 weeks on and I can confidently say that the worst is over. Ally is back to her old self and her surgical wound seems to be healing nicely. We had fantastic support from family, friends and medical staff, for which we are extremely grateful. Ally can know talk about the whole experience without bursting into tears and I think she’s come out of it an even stronger person.

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Tough Stuff

Ally had her first gymnastics competition today. She has been looking forward to it for months and has spent countless hours practicing, both in the gym and at home.

We reached the gym bright and early to give her time to settle in. She joined her friends for the warm up and was starting to enjoy herself. Her first apparatus was the beam and she did a fantastic job remembering her routine and executing it.

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Then came the bars, Ally’s favourite. She saluted the judge, got ready to jump and catch the bars when it happened. She caught hold of the bars but her hand slipped and she fell, hard, onto the mat. She fell on her elbow and immediately started to cry. Her coach ran over to check if she was alright, we iced her elbow and tried to calm her down. At first Matt and I stood back to let her coach see to her, we both knew Ally can be very dramatic over the slightest thing and we didn’t want to make the situation worse. But I soon realise that she could actually be hurt. She could move her arm but didn’t have much strength in her fingers. We knew nothing was broken and so we spoke to her and she agreed to continue with the rest of her competition.

 

I had tears in my eyes watching her compete. It was obvious that she was in discomfort but she held it together enough to finish her routines. Sure she cried every now and then but when it came for her to perform, she did. The rest of the parents applauded her efforts as well and I’m grateful for their support.

Doing her floor routine

Doing her floor routine

This was an unfortunate accident that could have happened to anyone, anywhere. More importantly, Ally showed us that she had the determination and courage to carry on despite it all. We are so proud of her, my girl is made of tough stuff.

Always a champ in my eyes

Always a champ in my eyes

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Undeserving

I lose my temper with them more often than I should. At times I choose my computer over playing games with my children.  I forget to praise them when they deserve it but I’m quick to point out their faults and wrong doings. Yet tonight, while putting Ally to bed, she grabbed me and gave me a tight hug. Then she whispered in my ear ” You are the best mama I could ever want”

I felt so undeserving…. and so grateful for their unconditional love .

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An Article on Cleft Palates

That’s my girl!

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Eye Checks

In the last few months we have noticed that Ally seemed to have trouble with her eyes. She would rub them or tilt her head at a certain angle when reading. We made an appointment to have her eyes checked at KKH.

For her first visit, they did the usual eye sight test and they also inserted drops into her eyes and re-tested her. Some things to note, the first visit takes a LONG time, we’re talking about 3 hours. In fact we were there for 4.5 hours as it was the school holidays and the clinic was especially busy. Secondly, prepare your child for the insertion of the eye drops as the drops sting. It can be quite daunting for the younger children especially when they hear others crying. The drops are inserted 3 times, with a 5 minute interval between each time.

Insertion of the eye drops, she cried the first time but was very co-operative after that

 

Getting her eyes tested

We had a very patient doctor who explained that Ally was slightly shortsighted and that she had amblyopia or lazy eye. The short-sighted diagnosis wasn’t surprising as she had failed a routine eye screening at her pediatrician. But I didn’t realise that she had amblyopia as well. This meant that we had to patch her good eye for 2 hours a day , everyday, to encourage her brain to use her weaker eye. It also meant that she needed glasses to help with her astigmatism and short-sightedness.

Ally took it all in her stride, we let her choose her own frames and a few days ago we picked up her glasses. So far she’s been co-operative with the patching but we shall see. To further help her, I might explore home vision therapy to see if that would help.

Trying out different frames in the shop

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An Extremely Happy Girl

It’s the school holidays and we spent the early weeks of it dealing with sick boys. Ally was the last women standing and thankfully didn’t succumb to the horrible virus.

As with every school holiday, shopping malls would have free stage shows and Hi 5 was back once again. As a special treat I took Ally down to watch the show and once again I managed to get the time wrong. It’s a good thing we went earlier rather than later.

Ally loved the show and was on her feet dancing to the songs. I know I’ve mentioned it before but Hi 5 are really fantastic with the children. They would reach out to shake the kids hands, give them high 5s …etc. The crowd was insane but thankfully we had front row seats.

After the show we lined up for the photo taking session, Ally had prepared a card for Lauren once again and this time she had gifts for everyone as well. Lauren actually remembered her from camp last year which thrilled her to bits.

Waiting for the show to begin, she made friends with the little girl sitting beside her

Meeting the cast AGAIN, the blue paper in her hand was the card she made for Lauren

Group picture!

A big hug from her idol

One last picture before we had to go

The cast were also kind enough to sign a shirt for Ally! After we left she could not stop talking about the show and was jumping around all excited. Needless to say, I had a very happy girl the entire day  🙂

Her extremely special and very precious shirt

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Just Some Photos

Max and Luke have both been down with a bad cold/cough, thankfully both boys are on the mend. It didn’t stop us from having some outdoor fun at the Botanics, we had beautiful weather, overcast but no rain.

The boys playing hide and seek

Who knew umbrellas could provide so much entertainment?

You can’t see me

Max honestly thought he had the best hiding spot

This was taken on our ” Max and Mama’s day out” at his request, we went to the airport and sat the sky train no less than 10 times

Both kids waiting for Daddy to come home from work

If you’re wondering why there are no pictures of Luke, its because he was mostly asleep in his stroller. My not so little man is now a whopping 7.2kg at 2 months, pictures to come soon.

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