December 24th – Christmas Eve Wigilia

1999:  Slept right through until seven.  Mummy says it’s one day until Christmas and that Father Christmas will come tonight – but I like counting so I said it was 1,2,3 days.  Went to Deedons just for an hour this morning and then Nanny collected me to take me to the doctors about my cough.  He has increased my inhalers as thinks it’s part of this Cryptosporidium thing.  Why he thinks inhalers will help my bum I don’t know.  Back to Deedons until mum came for me at four thirty.  Mum is poorly too and has been in bed all day.  I looked after her and gave her lots of hugs and kisses especially when she got tearful (apparently Al has gone away again).  Mum let me open another present tonight from our neighbours – more sweeties and a wind up toy.  I didn’t want any tea, choosing to eat my sweets and I think mummy was very relieved, as she’s feeling very sick.  I managed to make her laugh though.  She reckons I haven’t quite got the hang of name-calling.  I don’t know why.  I kept saying things like “you a flower you are”, and a sweet and sugar!  We both had baths and put our pyjamas on and then mummy got my sack out ready for my pressies and I decided to leave it downstairs.  I went to bed at 8.30 and then decided to take my sack with me and put it in my bed. 

2019: Sleeping this morning after nights work. Went to B&M to get Christmas bits for mum and Mark. I tried to buy cherry screen wash to replace all Marks that Ive used throughout the year, but they wouldn’t sell it me as I did not have my ID (have lost my wallet yet again!) and it contains alcohol!  Anyway, I took their Christmas boxes to them and chilled with Mum whilst she got my clothes washed and dried ready for tonight and then I was off to work another door. Unfortunately I did not get to see Zof and her family for Wigilia today, as by the time I could have popped in they would have been feasting so went straight to work from mums.

#kids #mums #childminders #christmas #counting #illness #heartbreak #christmas shopping #ID #alcohol #Wigilia #food #security

Dcember 23rd – More Secure

1999:  Awake at six, Mum joined me in bed with milk for half an hour and then I went off to watch Sesame Street.  Mum went back to bed until 7.15 when she had to get up as I’d made a mess with poo.  Have a cough and was a bit poorly at Deedons this morning and when mummy came to collect me at 4.30 I was sound asleep.  Luckily Al had given mummy a lift and so I cuddled up to her on the back seat whilst we had a chauffeur service home.  I managed to wake up enough to eat my tea and a bath with mum.  Pa arrived to baby-sit as mummy is going out on her works Christmas party.  I wonder if she’ll get to see Father Christmas too?  Pa put me to bed with milk, quite late and then I heard Nanny come in.  I called out and asked her for more milk which she duly fetched.  When she went to leave the bedroom I said “Nanny.  Pa gave me milk cold!”

2019: What a grass! Always say it as it is me. Should have listened to my tummy last night – have been so sick overnight and had to take the day off. Felt better this evening though and was able to work a door last minute in Norwich, but mum had to come over first with my earpiece that Id left at hers and then I had to go to zofs parents to get my black trousers from the back of her car. Luckily I managed to buy my stab vest today so mum feels a bit calmer.

#kids #mum #kidstv #toilettraining #christmas #milk #grandparents #babysitting #crohns #Norwhich #doorwork #stabvest


December 22nd – Madness and Us

1999: Up bright and early but not unreasonable.  Mummy got me dressed early as it was cold but regretted it 15 minutes later when I wet myself – she wasn’t impressed.  Did some colouring in my new book that Josh had bought me, with my crayons from Father Christmas.  I told mummy that one of my crayons didn’t work and said, “look I show you”.  I came back with the offending crayon and drew on the book saying, “Look see”.  I throw it out”.  It seemed to make mummy smile and she said not to as it would work on coloured paper it was just because the crayon was white!  Deedons and Nanny’s today.  I took Bomper home with nanny and then Nanny took me home to bed.    Mummy has gone to that London place again – something to do with Madness.  Quite apt I think. 

2019: My first ever outdoor concert – Madness at Blickling Hall – loved it. Love Ska. Me and mum have been to see the Specials since also. Got to mums at 5.30 am after a hectic night and got a few hours sleep until lunch time when Geri and the girls came round for pizza and alphabites and Christmas pressies. Mum had bought us all Christmas Eve Pressies –  Pj’s with ‘Santa it’s a long story’ and ‘I’ll be good next year’ and, as I am now working Christmas  we opened and wore them today. Mum always likes to do something for Yule anyway as its more her pagan thing and today is winter solstice. Later Zof and I fancied a Chinese and, despite my tummy resisting at even the thought, that’s what we had. Went home late tonight as on an 8 – 4 tomorrow.      

#kids #mums #toilettraining #colouring #christmas #London #Madness #Concets #BlicklingHall #wintersolstice #pagan #yuletide #chiinese #crohns #specials

December 21st – Counting the Days

1999: Up for a wee and a drink at half five and settled back down until seven when I discovered mum was in the bath.  I jumped in after her.  Mummy said it was 1,2,3,4 days until Father Christmas.  I got some more presents at Deedons though, but I didn’t unwrap them – well until mummy came to get me anyway.  Then I opened two but stopped at the tube of sweets and then I munched instead.  Home via the lights and Sabre and I was so tired I didn’t want any tea and was a bit horrible to mummy.  I refused to say sorry which resulted in me going to bed at 6.  I decided to say sorry then but apparently it was too late.

2019: Well it’s still 4 days to Christmas and not a thing done yet! Security at Norwich football ground today which was a pleasure apart from one elderly ‘gent’ who gave us a lot of abuse just for being there – in front of his grandkids!) Quick nap this evening and then off to work another door in Norwich.

#kids #parents #mums #tolettraining #counting #christmas #firebrigade #security #Norwich #Football #CarrowRoad

December 20th – Hot and Cold Christmas

1999: Up at six with my trousers only slightly “wet”.  Quick change and into bed with mum for half an hour.  Had milk, Marmite on toast and Sesame Street for breakfast.  No play bus this morning – Telletubs were on instead.  But I want Play bus.  Had to have Calpol and inhalers today at Deedons due to my stinking cold.  We drove a very long way home tonight, driving down several roads to look at all the lights, Father Christmas, Snowmen and of course – my friend Dennis/Sabre the fire engine.  It was “great” – my latest catchphrase along with “it will be fun it will”.  I was so tired when we got home that mummy had to feed me my tea.  Nanny rang and I asked for Pa, I spoke to him and asked him to come round and a little while later he arrived.  We had a play and then I waved him off and went to bed shortly afterwards.  A while later mummy shouted up “what are you doing?”  I shouted back “getting my books to read a story” – to Po, buzzing bee and Rachel if he’s here!

2019:  Mum has been staying with Joy this week and messaged to say she is now on her way home with a homemade Christmas pressie for me. I guessed straight away – Joy makes the BEST banana cake in the world. At work today I got a new green Lanyard with sunflowers for people with invisible illness. Not sure its going to always work on the desk front but at least it’s a beacon for when people see me running to the disabled loo! My door license is all sorted now – just need to await delivery – but was able to work a door tonight in Norwich. Scrap with 6 lads inside which led to me being slogged in the face, deep breaths, no retaliation – just threw him out.

#kids #parents #childminders #childrenstv #firebrigade #christmas #baking #bananacake #crohns #doorwork

December 19th – Messages from the Other Side

1999: Another restless night as mum and I are now bunged up with cold. This morning we wrapped up very warm and walked to the shops for sweeties and then on to the park.  On the way we found a wheel trim, a shoelace, a big piece of wood and a baseball cap!  We had a lovely time at the park and walked back through the fields where we saw 4 dogs and a game of football.  We got home and warmed up with milk and Christmas Teletubbies.  Then I wrapped up again and played in the garden for an hour.  It’s very cold today.  In fact, another thing we saw on the way to the shops was puddles, but they didn’t have water in – they had ice!  This afternoon I have been all sorts – a baby, baby Jesus, Father Christmas, a dog and an elephant.  Tonight I told mummy I had a little boy sitting next to me.  She asked what his name was, I thought for a bit and then said “Rachel”.

2019: And I saw children for years. I don’t see things so much now but feel people looking and watching me – mostly Bomper who seems to have followed me from house to house. And it’s not just me – others will testify to hearing things where I lived. H used to freak out when we stayed in my downstairs den at Dussindale – we’d be laying there listening to the washing airers moving across the bathroom floor above. And often the kitchen cupboard and draws would be wide open. Another time, when I was living in a chalet in Sussex life guarding, me and my roommate actually filmed orbs around me when I opened the front door!

#kids #parents #christmas #play #weather #ghosts #lifeguard #sussex #norwich #friends

December 18th – These Boots are Made for Working

1999: .Had a restless night with wee’s and nightmares.  Dragged mummy up at seven and at 20 past told her I was hungry.  I chose beans on toast, which was duly dished up, and then I decided I wanted marmalade on my toast too.  Mum thought I was weird, but I ate it all.  We called in to see Bomper this morning and then on to Aunty Eesa’s.  We all went to Chelmsford shopping – nightmare – stuck in the buggy for hours on end.  At least I got a Donals out of it.  We got back to Eesa’s and had beans on toast again!  After tea I put my soldier pyjamas on and mummy had remembered my bottle so I drank that on the way home and was asleep within minutes.

2019: Into Norwich City this morning to show paperwork and pay for my door licence. Looking forward to that coming and getting started. Have bought a wicked pair of boots today in preparation. Zof and I are also  getting really excited about potential house move and babies.

 #kids #parents #babies #houses #work #boots #fashion