Following a monthly visit to the local hospital this morning to monitor Ruby's eye, I was feeling a little blue. She has something called strabismic amblyopia and needs to wear a patch over her good eye to force the poor eye to work, if this does not happen then the lazy eye will stop working, resulting in blindness. There is a short window of opportunity for the brain to read the signals from the eye correctly and learn to see in the correct way, after the age of around seven it is not able to be corrected. She will have a small operation at some point to improve the look of the eye but the most important focus at present is her vision and this is only corrected through patching.
My little two year old is not really liking patching at the moment (because she can't see very well which is the whole point of it), it is really hard work to make her wear the patch, although she is much better at wearing the patch if she is with a friend or child minder. We have now been referred to a larger hospital for brain signal testing to see how bad her vision is. I was feeling a bit sad, frustrated, feeling as if it was my fault, and I was trying to fight these negative feelings and not let them overwhelm me.
|Viking day was earlier this week!|
So it was even more wonderful to answer the door to the postman who gave me a parcel containing all the gorgeous Cath Kidston items shown in the photo. What an absolute blessing and such perfect timing! I am a complete Cath fan, in particular the bold large floral prints which I seem to be filling the house with more and more, the man of the house hasn't raised any objections yet! Mel offered a very generous giveaway and to my utter excitement I won.
So this was the yummy contents of the parcel: an new book to gaze at and be inspired by, a new tape measure which is perfect as my boys keep taking mine and putting it in a "safe" place, and a surprise gift. Excitedly I unwrapped it, very carefully as I always find another use for the paper and ribbons, and found this little pincushion.
He has made himself very at home on the top of my sewing machine, the cover is made out of my absolute favourite Cath fabric, it was on little extra left over after making the front door curtain. If you look carefully at the picture in Mel's blog you can see she also loves it.
So Mel I thank you so much for your generosity and perfect timing which really lifted me out of my sadness. The world needs more flowery happiness!
Have a fantastic weekend everyone, it's Friday - yay!