Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Adventures and A&E

We are having a fab time in Pembrokshire. We went on a fast boat trip across to a small Island to see wildlife and caves. It was amazing, the sea was a glorious blue and Jacob and the rest of the family had a great time spotting seals and jellyfish (yuk!) and looking a crabs caught in lobster pots. I was surprised to find out that the organisers allowed children of any age onto the boat (called 'Aquaphobia') but really pleased as it meant that we could all go together.

NB the small man fast asleep in the middle!
 
After the trip we stopped in St Davids, the smallest city in the UK for yummy fish and chips on the green. The sun was beating down and we were all chilled and happy. The little man is walking around all over the place now and is getting much more steady but unfortunately he fell down a tiny step and hit his mouth on the floor, he did catch most of the impact on  his hands and seemed quite ok apart from the scary amount of blood coming out of his mouth. I was beside myself as it looked like he had bitten the inside of his lip badly. I wasn't sure what to do but just comforted him and in a couple of minutes (which seemed a lot longer) the bleeding and crying stopped and Jacob was pretty much back to his normal happy self. It did still look to me like there was a flap of skin inside his mouth so we took him to A&E to get checked over.

The doctors and nurses were really nice and Jacob was fine, strictly speaking I don't think he needed to go but I just wanted to be sure as I was worried about his mouth healing strangely but they have assured me its a very minor and common injury to his frenulum (the small fold of tissue that secures the lip to the gum) which can be easily torn and will heal fine on its own (phew). The A&E department in Haverford west had its very own children's waiting area with toys and colourful seating so we didn't have to worry about keeping him quiet or contained which was brilliant and something I haven't heard of before!

At least my mind was put at rest. I have taken some teasing from my mum, a few times when someone has knocked themselves or got a paper cut she asks me if we should go to A&E. I'm choosing to ignore that! The baby is so precious I would hate to think that I had not taken action when I should have.

I've been really emotional about the little accident, it's made me feel a bit nervous about looking after the little man. He is growing up and it's going to be hard to protect him. He dealt with it all really well though and I think that learning that he will get hurt sometimes and everything will be ok is probably all part of growing up into a strong and confident person.

Unfortunately about 3 hours after arriving on holiday a few days ago Jacob's dad also had to go to A&E - when unpacking some groceries he cut his finger very badly on a broken bottle. There was blood everywhere and its a very deep cut. A few butterfly stitches and dressings have sorted it out though but it has meant he can't go in the sea or do any washing up (the lengths some people will go to to get out of chores!!). He is fine though thank goodness but I'm not happy about the frequent visits to the hospital - I just hope that's it for this holiday!


Walking in the river that runs to the sea on the Nine Wells rocky beach
We've been enjoying beach walks, coastal path walks, seaside fun, picnics, sunshine (yes in Wales), boat trips, rockpooling, dining al fresco in the evenings, charades and much more. I think the rain might be coming now so we might have to get a bit more inventive with our activities but I'm looking forward to the rest of our time here.

Panorama Newgale Beach



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