Baby’s first steps


No sooner was he up, he was down. Just as Freddie takes his first steps, the Blands are taken down by the dreaded lurgy. 

Let me start by telling you that this blog wasn’t supposed to start like this. The very nice people at HomeServe give me deadlines each month and I do my very best (obviously) to meet them. This particular month the deadline for this one fell on a Monday so I thought I’d get it done over the course of the weekend. Sounds simple? I thought so too but it didn’t quite turn out that way thanks to a particularly nasty vomiting bug.

I was the first to fall and to be perfectly honest I didn’t put up much of a fight. It took me down overnight Friday into Saturday and pretty much wiped me out for the whole weekend. Rachael held it off for a day before succumbing on Saturday night. It was so bad she didn’t even manage to watch Strictly. Despite being the smallest, Fred proved the toughest nut to crack. But when I went into his room on Sunday morning, his cot mattress was evidence that he too had bowed to the power of the bug.

So now I sit here on the Monday, feeling a little better myself, but still not 100%. Fred and Rachael are both asleep so I have a moment to myself. I hope you don’t mind me starting off with a vomiting story. It’s unconventional I know, but this is the first time we’ve all been hit by the same illness so I thought it was worth mentioning. Even poor old Bodie wasn’t immune but at least he went outside! I don’t know what brought it all on but it made me think about how important hygiene is when it comes to looking after babies. We always have handwash on the change table but I don’t think you can ever do too much.

I was actually going to talk about the fact that our little man is now officially walking. He’s been threatening to walk for a few weeks now but he was so fast and so efficient at crawling that I just don’t think he saw the point.