School holidays

I can’t believe it’s nearly Easter, the year is flying by so quickly. I was so looking forward to school holidays but I must admit I’m finding it challenging. I’m not sure why. I am loving being able to sleep in, if you can call 7am a sleep in. I’ve been doing my counselling course which I love, last week I had a two day workshop in the city so I was awake at 4.30am both mornings as I was so nervous and excited and worried that I’d forget something, I couldn’t sleep. That seemed to roll over to the rest of the week. We’re on a fairly tight budget so we’re at home a lot these holidays, the kids are on to their second lot of friends for a sleepover!

Last weekend was Beth’s birthday. Once again I wasn’t sure what to get her. I ended up suggesting that people gave her money as all she really wanted were dvds and Disney albums for her ipad. I ended up getting her a few things, a unicorn onesie, some bulldog slippers, a Fozzy Bear toy to add to her Muppets collection. And a book which is well worth it, More Show Me How, the sequel to her second favourite book (you guessed it) – Show Me How! She had seen it in a doctors waiting room at one stage last year and spent the whole time absorbing the information, so we bought it with her pocket money. It’s her go to book when she’s banned from the ipad. Her first favourite book is of course her Pixarpaedia.

As usual we went to the movies with Beth’s friends Erin and Jessica. These girls were her favourites from├é┬áprimary school and we only really see them on Beth’s birthday. She’s not interested in going out with the girls from her high school so it’s lovely that these girls want to still see Beth. We went to see Mr Peabody and Sherman, followed by the obligatory Hogs Breath. Bethie seemed to enjoy her birthday, she did the treasure hunt in the morning with the kids and she enjoyed all the attention of course!

I’ve been trying to get Beth in to see somebody for her feet, or more specifically, her walk. She is very pidgeon toed which has become really pronounced since her last and hopefully final growth spurt. She walks with one foot right in front of the other, pointing inwards. Her shoes are almost wrecked only weeks after Grandma and Grandpa took her shoe shopping, and they’re good ones too. I took her to the doctors and we got referrals to an osteopath and a podiatrist. We went to the osteopath first who spoke about growth spurts, he is excellent with the kids but didn’t really help. I’m not sure a podiatrist would help as it seems to stem from the knees or even from the hips. We also went to see our paediatrician to get his take on it and to see if we could get something else to help Beth sleep. We had been trying Melatonin which worked a treat, but it ended up giving her the runs, so we had to stop that. As he said that is what he would recommend we were in a bit of a bind. He has now put her on to Cataprese which is a medicine to lower blood pressure. I am on it to help me with my menopause flushes. It’s certainly not as effective as the Melatonin was for her but I guess it’s stopping her being awake after midnight, it’s still not great though. Anyway, he suggested we take her to a physiotherapist for her feet. Both he and the doctor referred us to the local hospital who called and said there is an eight month waiting list! Poop! So now we’re trying a physio at the local doctors who is apparently a Feldenkrais? Physio. I googled it and apparently it is a type of movement therapy which is good for the brain so I’ll see how we go there. I just want her feet better so that she’s not so clumsy all the time, it must be awful for her! If there’s no luck there we’ll try the podiatrist.

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