The NC has a new job, one that doesn't involve a 90minute commute, but instead a 15minute walk. We're really pleased that he'll be closer, earning a bit more, saving money on travel, we'll see him in the mornings, he'll be less tired. And instead of taking a whole days holiday for our midday fortnightly theraplay sessions, he can take a long lunch instead! It feels like a big relief after he's spent the last (nearly) 3 years commuting to a job that he hasn't ever really enjoyed, but had to take after his previous job ended in redundancy.
The downside is that he's spending his first week away to train...and it's weird. We've never spent this long apart in our 12 years together.
We'd prepared the children for daddy going away, and they've both been remarkably good. Mini's been a little star. Dollop less so, but she doesn't seem that bothered by daddy not being here. I've not coped brilliantly and have really missed him, but he'll be home tomorrow, phew!
What made the NC being away harder, was me being ill at the weekend. Both Mini and Dollop have both suffered with sickness (we thought Mini's might have been caused by a party he went to, or nerves about mother's day, then Dollop got it too). I managed to get the whole thing...sickness and diarrhoea, and I swear I've never been so ill with either. I was in such pain during the evening despite paracetamol, that the NC called NHSdirect, who were concerned enough to send an ambulance immediately. Friendly paramedics arrived within 10 minutes, and I just had everything checked...blood pressure (fine), pulse (very very high), sugar (high). I was told that it was doing the rounds and I'd have to grin and bear it. Luckily by this point strong painkillers were kicking in, and desire to sleep was overwhelming.
Of course though we were concerned where this would leave the NC who was also fast becoming ill himself!
He had to go of course, couldn't risk losing the job, and luckily his recovery was a quick one. Mine slower, but almost 100% now.
However, the week has been much easier than expected as Mini is coping brilliantly! One of the student teacher's that he's had (and seems to have been unsettled a lot by) left last week, so he's relaxed a bit. And this week he's had 'Science Week' at school. I was initially really worried by this, as each day he's moved around 3 different classrooms, been with an unfamiliar teacher (although with familiar teaching assistants) to do different experiments and science 'stuff'. But he's loved it!
We had a bit of an issue yesterday with meltdowns over wellington boots that were needed, then in the end, not needed, but other than that he's been fantastic. He's shown enthusiasm about going to school, he's told me about his days, he's brought home the
To top it all off, all children were invited to plan and make a moving vehicle. They'd have to present it to their classes, and then it would be displayed in the hall with all the others. Each class would judge their own entries. Mini and the NC made a car (which we later pimped up into a Spider Bus - don't ask!) at the weekend, and Mini presented it today. And he came 3rd in his class! He was really pleased and even won a little prize. And I was really really proud.
So yes, he's coped well, but then he always does do better when it's just one of us around, whether it's for a day, or an evening, or in this case, a whole week.
So that's us...in other news, we're still to-ing and fro-ing over the IEP. I've been sent some great links about IEPs, and will put together a post with them in when I've finished getting Mini's sorted. It's my birthday soon and the children are being secretive about what's in the Emma Bridgewater box that arrived this week, oh and tomorrow is WASO day!