Parragon Book Buddies March Book Review

As you may have gathered we love books and Big monkey in particular is keen to get hold of them when he can to practice his reading. He is above the expected level of reading at school and is keen to be a free reader asap!
So, we are enjoying being Parragon Book Buddies, and reviewing a new book each month. This time it's 'Hold That Thought Milton'. Written by the award winning Linda Ravin Lodding and illustrated by Ross Collins, the book is fun, colourful and right up nearly six year old monkey's street! All about Milton's pet frog Burp, it's a comical tale about how he goes missing the day before Aunt Lulu's wedding. Everyone is too busy to listen to Milton and his worries.
We really enjoyed this great tale and looking at the fun illustrations throughout.

Go and get it for yourself and see how much fun to read it is. You can buy it here.
 I'd love to know if you have little book worms too?


Week 15 Round Up - Project365

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky
Well Sunday was very exciting...I went to see Gary Barlow at the O2 with a friend and my cousin, who I'd not seen for 2 years. It was fantastic and so nice to do something for me. I did miss the monkeys though! The first week of the Easter holidays has been fun. We've packed a fair bit in I believe and and next week looks set to be good too! More on that in next weeks round up. Here is this weeks. Days 96-102
#Day 96. We actually had really good seats but I used my iPhone, so this shot isn't the best!
#Day 97. I love Iris' and love the colour too! These were chosen by big monkey.
#Day 98. Flying in the wind with the lovely Finn.
#Day 99. This little fella sat right in front of us at Tropical Wings.
#Day 100. Horsing around with friends at the park. We love Hylands Park!
#Day 101. The sun has brought the flowers out in the garden.
#Day 102. Let's get this water pumping! At Great Notley Discovery Centre.
We hope you've all had a fab week?! Hope you pop by again soon.
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What A Week To Get Outdoors - Photo's

How fab that the first week of the Easter Holidays has been so dry, generally warm and sunny. We've packed in lots of outdoor time, as you can see!
Big monkey got a medal last Friday for playing football after school. So too did all the players.

On Tuesday we spent the day with friends, AK, Finn and Molly May from My Buggy Junction. The boys all loved playing together after train spotting!

On Wednesday we met the monkeys cousin and my sister in law Tropical Wings Zoo. The monkeys love spending time with their cousin and she is very good with them. They all had such fun.

Whilst I was working on Thursday, the monkeys went into town with Daddy on the bus, and played in Central Park. They played football and visited Cake on the Lake for refreshments.

Later that afternoon I took them to Hylands Park to meet friends and have a play. We also popped to our local play area teatime Friday. Next week we hope to have more outdoor fun in Suffolk!
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Little Monkey Gets Grommets

Last Friday little monkey was amazing. He had to have a general anesthetic to have grommets fitted in both ears. We had to be at the hospital for 07.30 and he was to be NIL by mouth from 02.30. He could only drink clear fluids up to 06.30. I predicted this would be an issue as he usually asks for something to eat as soon as he wakes. However he did not!
He let us dress him, drop his brother off at a friends and take him to the hospital, without once asking for anything to eat or drink. Even on the ward he didn't ask. The nurses on the ward were fab. They made little monkey feel welcome as soon as he arrived and immediately put 'magic' cream on both his hands to numb the area for the cannula. They put his name tag around his wrist and checked his oxygen levels, all while trying to put his mind at rest and make him feel safe. He did have a little wobble, and a little cry after all this was carried out, (so too did mummy), but he was a superstar and let them get on with their job.
Then there was time to play for he was 2nd on the list, so we were told he would go into theatre about 09.15. Luckily little monkey could see his beloved buses from the window in the playroom of the ward so they kept his mind off what was going on. During his time in there the surgeon came to see us and spoke to him and us about the op. He happily chatted to little monkey about the buses too!
Next the anesthetist came over and asked if he could chat to us at little monkeys bed. He spoke to little monkey and asked his name. Asked us what medication if any he was on, and asked if we had any questions. Then he told us little monkey had actually been put to the front of the list as the little baby who had been first had been given a drink by it's mother. So we were to be taken down in 5 minutes! Yikes!
I took him down to theatre. I carried him there whilst a lovely nurse escorted us carrying an iPad with Peppa Pig playing, to distract little monkey. He was easily distracted! Once in theater, he sat on my lap playing a Peppa Pig game on the iPad, whilst 2 anesthetists prepared to insert the cannula into his hand behind my back, then put him to sleep. They did what they needed to quietly and quickly and were so nice and calming. They explained what would happen to him once the meds went into the cannula and then asked if I was ready. I supported little monkey on the table whilst they put him to sleep which literally took seconds. They laid him down gently and then thanked me and told me they would call when he was ready to come back to the ward. I have to say the whole thing was far easier than I had imaged and was far less upsetting than I had thought. I did however have a little cry when back on the ward with Daddy, who had also found it emotional waiting for my return. 
So, in their hands, we left little monkey to have his op and popped to the coffee shop to grab a quick drink and snack. We were told to be back on the ward about half an hour later, so that one of us was there when they woke little monkey. Of course, we weren't going to let him down.
A nurse came to fetch me soon after we were told to be back on the ward and we went down, a fair way to the recovery room so that I could collect little monkey. I could hear him before I could see him. He was crying and distressed, which worsened on the way back to the ward and continued for an hour. Little monkey was very disorientated, couldn't stay still in our arms and could not be pacified, but we were told by the nurses that this was completely normal for a child his age. It wasn't very nice to see but after that 1st hour, he calmed right down and was pretty much back to normal. 
Once he had settled and had shown he could keep food down, we waited for the surgeon who had done the op to give us the go ahead to take little monkey home. 
We actually left at 12 noon.
Both of us amazed at how well he had taken everything in his stride and come out smiling. He was a little sleepy later that afternoon but slept as usual that night, all night and was his normal self the remainder of the weekend. We were advised to keep him quiet at home for the weekend and continue as usual from Monday. However, he can't get his ears wet in the bath and we must be careful washing his hair. He isn't allowed swimming for 2 months until he has had his follow up appointment.
The hospital staff were fantastic and I have no concerns what so ever about the care and attention we all received that day. The NHS at it's best! We even saw the helicopter taking off when returning to the car, as if to treat little monkey.


The Monkeys Rock!

Last week was good. Yes we had little monkeys operation to deal with but that went well and there were other great things too! More on the op later! 
Big monkey came home from school on Thursday with his school report. It's the 2nd one we've had since he started school in 2012 and again it was just fab. He really has made us so proud. A very positive and glowing report, he loves school and is doing great. He excels in Maths and all things sport. Now why does that not surprise me! He certainly does not take after me with maths, that's for sure.....I'm rubbish!
We are thrilled with what his teacher and the headmistress wrote on his report, and are delighted he is so happy and has lots of friends. On Friday he came away from Football after school with a medal for his football achievements too! You rock monkey. Well done.
This is actual another medal but similar to the one he got Friday!
Now to little monkey and how he coped with his minor op Friday. He blew us away! Just a few tears and he listened, let the surgeon, anesthetists and nurses do their jobs and came away a very brave super dude! More details to follow but he totally coped far better than we could ever have imagined. I'm so so proud of both monkeys this week. They really have made us so happy.
Earlier last week, out with Mummy!


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