Christmas–time, mistle–Tobes & whine by Rose

@ Upper Cockenzie

Probably best to start this one on Christmas Eve, which is where the drama began!

Just after lunch time Johnny, Kirstie and Sam came down to visit and exchange presents. Toby was asleep when they arrived, and was really grumpy and moody when he woke up which is really unlike him. I simply put it down to him not getting a long enough nap and didn’t think anything of it, but as the afternoon went on he progressively got grumpier and grumpier and hotter and hotter.

We gave Toby Calprofen at 5.30pm which is usually a guaranteed way to bring down his temperature — it didn’t even touch it and Toby was now at the stage where all he could do was let out a high pitched whine constantly.

I phoned NHS24 at 6.30pm, I knew that it looked like a viral infection but I was concerned as the Calprofen hadn’t done any good and he wasn’t within the time limit for more Calpol. They managed to cut me off during the phone call, but quickly phoned me back and agreed that Toby should see an Out of Hours Doctor.

The nurse I spoke to on the phone was fantastic, she knew we had Jack and it was Christmas Eve so she gave us an appointment at 8.00pm so we could give Toby a bath first (see if that helped his temperature) and get Jack to bed before one of us went out to take Toby up to Roodlands. It’s once again amazing the difference in care that you get in East Lothian compared to the care we had in Edinburgh — we have waited 3 — 4 hours for an emergency appointment for Jack before, had to pay a fortune in parking and sat in waiting areas for more hours than I care to imagine. With Toby no one else was waiting, Toby was taken straight away and Ed was there and back within half an hour meaning the disruption to his routine was minimal and he spent minimal time out in the cold.

In all the rush and fuss at bedtime with Toby, Jack didn’t manage to put out his Magic Reindeer Food, or the goodies he had for Santa but fortunately Ed remembered for him when he got back!

The Doctor did a thorough check of Toby and diagnosed a viral infection. She gave Ed more details on when exactly we could give him Calpol and Calprofen so that he was as comfortable as possible.

Ed put Toby to bed when he got back home, but to be honest the entire night was a write off. We were up every 15 — 20 minutes with him as he was so ill and eventually just gave in and let him sleep in his pram at the side of our bed, as the only thing that would settle him was being rocked and sitting upright.

Fortunately, Jack slept through all the drama and got up at 6.30am — which I consider reasonable for Christmas morning considering the time that Chris and I used to get up!

Jack was super excited and came running through with his stocking.

Jack with his stocking
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Jack with his stocking
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Being the terrible, unorganised Mum that I was this year I had completely forgotten to get Toby a stocking so Ed had placed his presents in his cot tidy for Jack to find for him.

Toby was not happy at all while opening the stocking presents, we have figured out that Toby was at his peak ill–est on Christmas Day. Poor wee guy.

Grumpy unwell Toby looking very sad in his buggy
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Grumpy unwell Toby looking very sad in his buggy
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Jack was very impressed with his stocking contents, especially with the Bender robot he has wanted for ages.

Jack with his Bender action figure
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Jack with his Bender action figure
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When we got downstairs I made the boys post with their pile of presents as in the rush the night before, I didn’t take my usual picture!

Jack and his big pile of presents
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Jack and his big pile of presents
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Little chubby Calpol–full Toby and his big pile of presents
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Little chubby Calpol–full Toby and his big pile of presents
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Toby had perked up a tiny little bit at this point, the Calpol had kicked in for an hour.

Toby and his Activity Table
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Toby and his Activity Table
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Toby and a Teletubbie
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Toby and a Teletubbie
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Ed (Dad) and Jack reading a book
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Ed (Dad) and Jack reading a book
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Toby unwrapping his xylophone
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Toby unwrapping his xylophone
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Jack and his Fireman Sam sticker book
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Jack and his Fireman Sam sticker book
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Toby goes for the Teletubbies on the sideboard
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Toby goes for the Teletubbies on the sideboard
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Toby doing his best to enjoy his presents
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Toby doing his best to enjoy his presents
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I would list everything they got but I would be here all day!

At about 10.30, Auntie Heather came to visit with a huge bag of presents, followed by Grandma and Grandad and Nana and Da. Jack was super excited, Toby was super ill and super grumpy unfortunately.

Jack in his Santa sack
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Jack in his Santa sack
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By the time everyone had left, it was time for lunch although by this point Toby hadn’t eaten at all since Christmas Eve morning, and Jack was way too excited to bother with food.

Toby napped on and off all afternoon, and Jack played with all his new toys. I didn’t get to making dinner until the back of 4, and even then it was a half arsed attempt as we were so tired from no sleep the night before and didn’t feel hungry at all. Jack got his sausages which was all he was really concerned about to be honest.

Toby perked up a little and we put him in his high chair, although that only lasted for 10 minutes until he was burning up and whining again unfortunately.

Toby doing his best to enjoy his Christmas Dinner
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Toby doing his best to enjoy his Christmas Dinner
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Crowns too big, crowns too big
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Crowns too big, crowns too big
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Hello!
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Hello!
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Boys in crowns
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Boys in crowns
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New CAT crane lego to share
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New CAT crane lego to share
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We managed to get the boys to bed at a reasonable hour but Toby’s night was the same as the previous night, he was up every 15 — 20 minutes and mainly slept in his pram.

The next day was mainly a relaxing day — we were originally going to go to the zoo but instead opted to take the boys to the park in the afternoon for an hour as Toby was still really ill, but Jack desperately needed fresh air.

Jack and Dad at the Park
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Jack and Dad at the Park
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Sad ill Toby wondering why he is at the park when he feels bad and can’t play
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Sad ill Toby wondering why he is at the park when he feels bad and can’t play
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Jack on the big swing
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Jack on the big swing
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Cool Wiggles hat Jack
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Cool Wiggles hat Jack
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Toby & Jack on the swings
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Toby & Jack on the swings
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Sad Toby looks lost on the slide
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Sad Toby looks lost on the slide
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Toby tries the big swing
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Toby tries the big swing
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Super brave now, Toby tries a riding thing
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Super brave now, Toby tries a riding thing
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Jack & Toby
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Jack & Toby
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Boxing Day night Toby slept a little better, but was still up quite a lot and was still really ill and taking medicine as frequently allowed.

Ed in his Edinburgh Rugby top with matching Wiggles hat
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Ed in his Edinburgh Rugby top with matching Wiggles hat
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Toby tries on the Wiggles hat
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Toby tries on the Wiggles hat
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Jack tries on Toby’s hat
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Jack tries on Toby’s hat
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Toby and a box
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Toby and a box
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On the 27th we just pottered around the house for the day as Toby was still pretty choked, although on the Saturday night he did manage a really good sleep at night. Unfortunately, that was the night that Jack was up a lot as he was having really bad dreams and said he had a sore leg, so we still didn’t get much sleep after all that!

So after that we:

  • Celebrated Chris’s 30th birthday by going out for lunch together then going out for a drink up town that night
  • Had a surprise visit from Ryan that only Suz knew about, for Chris’s birthday so that lead to…
  • Visiting Chris and Suz for the afternoon while Jack and Ryan spent the afternoon playing :-) They’re on the same wavelength now!
  • Going shopping to buy the boys a table for the playroom
  • Re-organising the playroom and realising we still don’t have enough space for all of the toys we have
  • Celebrated New Year by sleeping through it :-)
  • Visited Nana and Da’s house for a fun afternoon of Jack misbehaving and Toby being a complete star and smiling all afternoon (and having a yummy dinner!)
  • Jack went to play with Ben at his house for the afternoon
  • I got to go shopping yesterday all on my own, no children aside from Threesie. And came back with just stuff for the boys of course!
  • Then finished off our Christmas holidays with a lunch date with Bryn and Weena as Jack calls them!

Ed has been working through the whole festive period, but mainly at home and with many distractions. We’re all looking forward to getting back to a routine to be honest, things have been a bit too up in the air for my liking and certain little monkey’s haven’t been coping well with all the uncertainty. So Happy New Year to you all!