They arrived on Sunday 22nd in the afternoon and there were hugs galore in the airport with lots of kisses from R and Z for Y. It was amazing to see how much they missed their little brother. I was very happy to see them all and they were full of smiles and lots of energy mashaAllah.
When I saw Z, I noticed some swelling on his head but didn’t think anything of it as he was full of insect bites (normal when arriving from a mountainous region). We drove home and they told me about their adventures and the car was just full of noise. I forgot how loud 3 children can be. Unfortunately, within a few hours I had to take Z to the hospital as his swelling had increased so much on one side of his face that he looked like he had two heads with the swelling feeling very hot. The hospital had no idea what it was and were going to send me home until I told them what a sister doctor who was mashaAllah in the area at the time told me – perhaps an allergic reaction. So they were quick to suddenly diagnose him and gave me piriton. The following day it was worse and in and out until I decided to just wait it out. He slept a lot and then was fully himself with the swelling finally reduced to normal late last week.Allah knows best what it was but alhamdulillah. Unfortunately, shortly after that – more sickness – with Y catching hand, foot n mouth disease (similar to chicken pox but only on hands, feet and in the mouth). Z then got it and got it very bad in his mouth miskeen. But alhamdulillah healing now.
The kids have been showing me pictures – R decided to keep a video diary of her adventures. There were videos of their trekking up the mountains with Z looking absolutely shattered! Along each trek, they searched for different species and found frogs, different insects – some poisonous (hubby knows which ones not to touch), owls, birds of prey,they heard wolves howling at night and as the area where my in laws live on the mountains has no street lights – the sky at night is an amazing array of stars and shooting stars. An abandoned sea was full of crab, hedgehogs of the sea, octopus, sea snails. They were on the hunt for scorpions and it was Z who found one with hubby literally just stopping him in time before he picked it up (phew!). R’s many hours of reading her encyclopedia helped as she narrated on the video that it was sleeping as it stops its own heartbeat due to the cold. They were spoilt by family and loved being with uncles and aunties and lots of cousins – a luxury they don’t have in the UK which sometimes makes me feel sad.
They had an amazing time mashaAllah but are happy to now be home. Last week was tending to the kids illness whilst being ill myself. A pretty testing week but alhamdulillah. We had a full week’s break from home ed but started back yesterday with our schedule. My focus for R is Quran, English, Math and Arabic with some topic work here and then. Z – phonics, quran and number recognition (!)
As for the two new additions to our family.
1. Who remembers our pet tortoise that died a couple of years ago? We have a tiny replacement who is just soooo cute mashaAllah. They’ve named him Susu. Here he is:2. Wasn’t going to blog about this just yet but then I thought why not. I know most women don’t say anything til they’re about 4 months pregnant incase something happens. But the way I see it, is if I miscarry then it was qadrAllah. Such is life and such is death. So, second addition is I’m expecting alhamdulillah. A slight ‘worry’ everytime I’m pregnant is how many are baking in there as I have twins on both sides! I’ll be finding out soon – but I know if it is twins Allah knows I can deal with it. I’ve pretty much spent the entire time they were away being very very sick, had last 2 days of relief and just this afternoon its started up again. So, am somewhat struggling with that but alhamdulillah ala kulli haal. The family is growing mashaAllah – I just hope I’ll be able to home ed four children when they get to that stage. Please remember me in your duas!