A Week With Us 21st-27th May 2018 – Dentists, Tears and Scotland

Welcome to A Week With Us….A weekly update and insight to a week in the lives of our family of 7.

What a week it has been. Emotions have definitely been running high.

I am not going to lie. This week has been sooooo stressful. It’s a wonder how I am not rocking in  a corner.


Caelan had a swollen cheek. He didn’t complain about it. Said it wasn’t hurting, so we thought, maybe he had bumped it. The next day his cheek was bigger. Surely, if it was a bump it would go down. We checked his mouth but couldn’t see anything. We thought it best that we call our dentist to get him checked over. 

The dentist confirmed that Caelan has an Enamel defect called Enamel Hypoplasia. But it could also be a inherited defect called Amelogenesis Imperfecta. Read more about it HERE

The defect has caused Caelan to have a dental abscess. My poor boy. The dentist prescribed antibiotics and to have 4 extractions. The dentist reassured me that, apparently, no matter how well Caelan’s dental care been, this couldn’t be helped. Despite having 3-6 monthly dental appointments.

Cameron had an appointment at the Orthodontist for the first stages of getting his braces fitted. The appointment consisted of giving consent to the treatment, taking x-rays, photos and moulds of Cameron’s teeth. Also us having to book an extraction for 3 teeth in order for his teeth to move and straighten up.

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PMDD has surfaced its head again. Even though I have not formally been diagnosed, my symptoms match the criteria. Plus there is a family history of it.

Last week I was constantly hungry with headaches. This week started with back ache and general aching and tiredness. Not being able to sleep. As the weeks gone on my anxiety level has increased. My mood has gotten lower. Self destructing thoughts started to invade my head. I have really struggled. I’ve even cried a little. All I have wanted to do is sleep until it passes but I can’t, I’m a mum of 5 and self employed. I have responsibilities. The mask has been down until bedtime when I could crash and sleep it off. I know this will gradually subside but meanwhile the effort it takes to stay strong and cope it exhausting. Until it does pass, I have focussed on positivity and a forced good mindset. My family and my work keep me busy, which is a great thing.

I will write a post on PMDD in a future post but for more information see HERE

I have also been unwell. Not sure if it was linked to the above or a bug.


At the weekend we traveled up to Matthews ‘homeland’ Scotland. We went up with the intention of meeting Matthew’s 11 year old Daughter, Mia. Who due to years of, shall we say, conflicts, we were denied access to her. – But thats another story for another day.

It would be the first time our boys get to meet their sister. Needless to say, we have had some very excited boys. They were going to be able to actually put a person to the name!

I have got to say, it has definitely been an emotional weekend, I have to admit, I have been scared out of my mind that the fighting and arguing would start again. Thankfully, none of that happened!

We spent time with Mia and her Aunty (Matthew’s sister). We had a good talk and got off our chests about everything that had gone on over the years. Which was like a huge weight being lifted.

This day has been a long day coming!

We spent time at a park, allowing our boys and Mia to bond and get to know each other. All 6 kids together for the first time ever!

I have to admit, it was wonderful to see brothers and sister together, playing, smiling, being kids and having fun together. They got on like a house on fire.

It was amazing to finally meet my step daughter! I have to say that she is a gorgeous young lady. We are all looking forward to getting to know her and hopefully build a great bond with her.

I am glad to say that the week ended on a high and everything worked out brilliantly.

Thanks for reading and I hope you come back for another WEEK WITH US

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  1. June 3, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Gosh you seem to have had one roller-coaster of a week. #itsok

  2. June 10, 2018 / 11:22 am

    What a rollercoaster of a week! I hope the abscess has cleared up by now. They’re horrid as an adult let alone as a child. Thanks so much for sharing with #TriumphantTales!

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