I’ve been a bit absent from my blog over the last week as my youngest has had a terrible bout of tonsillitis which has seen her off to the doctors twice and we are waiting on a blood test to find out more. She has had a high temperature for over a week and although we are so used to her having tonsillitis as she has suffered with it since she was a baby this time it seems to have really taken it’s toll and wiped her out – poor little thing.
She has had good company though as her faithful friend Toots, our beloved pet cat, has kept her company while she recovers. It’s such a sweet sight to see them both curled up together under her blanket and I’m sure it’s helping her to recover this horrible illness. Just a few weeks ago she was celebrating being ten and she was out on her new birthday bike (see the photo below of her pride and joy – her new Frog bike!) full of beans, since then it has been put away in the shed as she has been too ill to ride it. We are back to the doctor’s tommorow as she now has a really bad cough as well as a very sore throat and her temperature just won’t abate. It’s so frustrating as there is little I can do to make her feel better, so we have all been giving her as much TLC as possible.
Never underestimate the bond between siblings. This is what I have noticed between our two girls while our youngest has been ill over the last ten days, our teen has been so attentive and loving toward her little sister and it’s so heart warming to see. Of course on a normal day-to-day basis her little sister is “so annoying” and “Why does she always have to be in my room!” but when she is ill all that is forgotten and sisterly concern takes over. Our youngest Lara naturally is relishing this change of key and loving all the concern, and it’s beautiful to see our two lovely daughters taking care of each other.
With GCSE’s looming Siobhan our teen has been head down, nose in her books a lot. Well with some prompting from us! It’s just a short couple of weeks before her first exam and what a stressful time it has been, her school has been really supportive though in arranging plenty of revision sessions to help the students. She is a-buzz with talk of finishing exams, getting her leaver’s jumper and not having to go to the prom. Talk of going to the prom was rife over the last few months and Siobhan was dreading having to go as she doesn’t have a lot of friends, and was worried that if she did go she would have no one to talk to.
I know it is really hard for her being in a mainstream school with ASD and I think the added pressure to ‘fit in’ and form friendships causes a lot of anxiety for her. Suffice to say the prom stress has gone as it has been cancelled, due to venue issues I think. Back to concentrating on the exams and although she feels right now that they are so far away, before she knows it they will be over. We have been re-adjusting our weekly routine’s a little to help her with revision but also with relaxation too, mainly so she doesn’t have too much anxiety about her exams.
Cutting down on screen time (tablet’s, phones and T.V) and encouraging her to get more sleep are just some of the things we have been trying to help her through exam stress, along with lots of healthy food and plenty of water during the day. Although she keeps telling me that revision is better with plenty of sugary treats, nice try Siobhan!
Moving To WordPress
I’ve been pondering if I should move from Blogger to WordPress.org for some time now, and I think the security of knowing my way around Blogger after using for the last two years has always stopped me. But the time has come to re-brand my blog and refresh it with a more professional look and although it’s a little scary as I am still unfamiliar with Wordpress, I think it’s the right move and it’s pretty exciting to be having a blog makeover. I welcome any advice if you have done the same and made the switch from Blogger to WordPress as it’s so new for me and quite frankly I need plenty of tips! I have been looking to see what plugin’s are the best for WordPress and I have a list to help get started and I’m sure I will stumble across lots of useful ones. So if you see my blog temporarily down you’ll know why as I will be changing over to a new platform.