Family {the ordinary moments}

The phone call at 4.30 {the ordinary moments}


My phone rang at 4.30.  That was never going to be a good sign.  I’ll quite often talk to John and the kids on the phone at lunchtime but if the message is “come home via the chippy, we fancy fish for supper” it’s going to come by text, not a call.

Poor little Pip Squeak had fallen over in the supermarket and banged his head on the bottom of a shelf unit as only an overly bouncy toddler could.  He had a nice egg coming up and a bit of a nasty cut, and John and the pharmacist had both looked at it, and each other, and made that face that you make when you know that it might be all right if you just left it, but you can’t take that chance and you know you’re going to A&E.  With three increasingly hungry children.

Space for the Butterflies

So they headed off through rush hour traffic, I threw everything in my work bag and headed for the next train with a small detour for chocolate biscuits.

In an odd way there was a sense of inevitability about it; Pip is utterly fearless and tall and strong with it, he will climb anything, run jump and throw himself into whatever he’s doing, usually literally, so to be so excited that he fell over his own feet is very Pip, it’s just that supermarkets aren’t quite as friendly places to fall over in as the sofa at home.

Space for the Butterflies

I was never particularly worried exactly; John is a veteran of many, many sports related injuries (see here and scroll down for evidence!) and seems to leave the best part of his knees on an astroturf almost every week so I trust his judgment absolutely when it comes to bumps and scrapes on the kids but oh did I wish that train could have moved faster.  It isn’t the same as when I’d get a call from nursery to say one of the girls was poorly and I’d have to dash home as fast as possible to pick them up and cosset them, but it’s still enough to make you feel every mile.

By the time I got to the hospital it seemed that miracles of miracles had occurred and they’d found A&E to be fairly quiet so they were already in with the doctor, and my little boy was bumbling about to show everyone just how bright eyed and bushy tailed he was feeling.  General prognosis: he was fine, he just needed glueing back together again.  Which is exactly what happened; as Pip likes to tell people “I went hospital! Doctor fix me!”, and he was petted and given a fruit roll in the butchers so as far as he’s concerned he’s had fewer baths and a nice adventure.

I was so proud of our girls too; when I got to the hospital they were both crammed into the same chair, trying desperately not to fidget too much, and just sit and wait, and for all that they were glad to be sprung when I took them home first while John and Pip waited for the glue, they wouldn’t go until they knew what was happening to their brother, and given him hugs and checked he was OK.

Space for the Butterflies

It’s been quite a week.  As well as Pip charming the A&E staff into giving him a biscuit, we’ve had house viewings, seen a house we quite liked the look of be sold to someone else, and John and my in laws have done a herculean task in two days and repainted vast swathes of the house (you can hear all about it in this week’s Little Loves video).

It makes me very very glad to be sat on a cold and grey Saturday evening, writing this with a glass of wine to one hand and the comfort of knowing that right now we’re all tucked up and snug in our castle.  But here’s hoping to a slightly less eventful week coming.

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me and Donna at What the Redhead Said for The Ordinary Moments




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  • Kate 12/02/2017 at 7:52 am

    Sorry to hear of Pip’s accident, it always gives you a bit of a fright when things like this happen but as long as he is ok that’s the main thing. I love the pic where he is looking out over the water, your photos are always beautiful. I still remember the beautiful ones from last May in the bluebells, in fact they set off a whole trail of thoughts for me which resulted in my Bluebell Woods quilt.

  • Colette 12/02/2017 at 12:31 pm

    Glad that week is done for you! What a drama. I hate that moment of decision – do I take them or do I risk it? I think you’re right about the inevitability of it – I’m amazed we haven’t been more often with our three if I’m honest!

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 12/02/2017 at 2:57 pm

    Oh no I hope Pip is all better now and time does seem to stand still when you just want to be there doesn’t it? The girls sound like the very perfect big sisters he will always have by his side too x

  • Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons 12/02/2017 at 4:50 pm

    Oh, gosh, any accident like that always gets my heart in my mouth and A&E with 3 hungry children isn’t a situation anyone wants to be in. Your girls sound so lovely though, looking out for their brother. Wishing you a less drama filled week this week!

  • Jenny Benton 12/02/2017 at 8:20 pm

    My goodness, what a worry! So pleased it all came out right in the end. Poor little Pip – but then boys will be boys and he certainly is a little tough nut by the sound of it.

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 12/02/2017 at 8:29 pm

    I’m so pleased everything was ok. We had a similar episode a few weeks ago with Holly and your heart just goes, until you hear those words they are going to be ok. How wonderful of your girls to care so much about their baby brother x

  • Emma Plus Three 13/02/2017 at 1:05 pm

    Oh no! I hope he is doing OK now. Evie did something similar a few months ago and we had to go to A&E for it to be glued. She was super brave though and I think they get over it quicker than we do! x

  • Louise | Squished Blueberries 13/02/2017 at 5:05 pm

    Oh I totally get the inevitability! I am still waiting for our first A&E worthy accident but it’s bound to happen sooner or later. I am terrible with blood and no good in a crisis so I think in your situation I would just be relieved it didn’t hapopen on my watch! is that bad? Glad to hear he’s ok and Kitty and Elma sound so lovely, I hope my girls would be the same about their baby brother but they are just as likely to have been the ones to have caused the accident to be honest xx

  • Sophie | Sophie and Lily 14/02/2017 at 2:08 pm

    Glad all was okay. Scary things head injuries. He sounds proud of his little war wound though 🙂
    Shame about the house, it means there is another just for you which is even better xx

  • Donna 15/02/2017 at 1:15 pm

    Oh bless little Pip! He really is a bouncy one – so glad it wasn’t more serious. The girls sound so well behaved and what a trauma for John – I’d hate to be in that situation with two children let alone three. So glad you got there swiftly x