July 28th – Vocalising Celebrations

1999   Impressed mum as I came into her room this morning and said “can I have” but needed help with the “a drink please” bit.  Mum thought I was very clever and said it was far nicer than the “dink” I usually holler in her ear.  That’s as may be, but it’s much harder work if you ask me.  I mean, why use all those words when you can get the same result just using one?  Adults!  I’ll never understand them.  Found the camera on the lounge floor this morning and   took several photos of the telly, the carpet, the curtain, my foot etc.  Should look good when the films developed (nice surprise for mum anyhow). Went to Edons and then Nanny’s today.  The sun was shining and I played in the garden all day. Nanny gave me a new shirt from Uncle Teddy – a Southend United one!   I was very tired tonight which resulted in tantrums; largely because mummy pulled the plug out of the bath just because I slapped her!  I was back home and in bed by seven and asleep two minutes later.

2019: Long drive back from Wales to Beccles today, made worse by an hour and a half jam on the A14. Legs are pretty wobbly from yesterdays run but I’m happy I did the run and am also celebrating one year with Zof today! She has stuck by me (even holding my hand in hospital after surgery and looking after me when I was discharged at the beginning of July when we were just friends). She has inspired me, encouraged me, helped me,  filled me with confidence and let me be me. Looking forwards to many more years together.

#toddlers #childhood #adulthood #vocabulary #childtalk #photography #sunshine #footbal #southendutd #tantrums  #Beccles #Wales #Trafficjams #girlfriend #friends #crohns #hemicolectomy #mentalhealth

July 26th – Good Good Good, Good Donations

1999:  I slept right through until half four this morning, when I woke up in my own bed and was alive and kicking.  Mum still wanted to sleep and after several disruptions to her shut eye she shut her bedroom door in my face. Charming!  By the time she got up – 45 minutes later – we were back on talking terms.  I jumped in mum’s water and drank all her tea (except 3 mouthfuls which she’d managed to swig before I got my mitts on it – gonna have to speed up my tactics). Went to Edons and when mum picked me up she had a tricycle for me which one of her staff had kindly donated to our cause!  Mummy let me ride it out front for a while and then we went round to the back where I found her a lovely feather (the first of her collection) and it wasn’t long before the hose pipe came out.  I surprised mum by counting to twelve in the bath tonight, following which we both fell asleep on my bed at 7.15

2019:  A long drive from Lowestoft in Suffolk in Bala to Wales ready for my Snowdon run,  Staying in the home of a musician through Airb&b. The alarm is set for 4.40am. The day has come round so quickly and I am soo literally nervous and I have no idea why. I have absolutely smashed my fundraising target which currently stands at at £685 towards Crohns and Colitis UK, and now to absolutely smash this mountain.  Hopefully gonna be setting off at 6 am tomorrow and provided all goes well i’ll be returning at some point before 10 am. This is more nerve racking than when I was waiting to go for surgery. Time to show the world that us people with chronic, invisible illness are the most strongest physically and mentally set people! I’m not just doing this for me, but my friends, family and everyone in the invisible illness community. Thank yo to everyone who donated and thank you to my family who have come along with me  to be waiting at the end with a long, stiff drink!

#toddlers #childhood #mums #childminders #adulthood #crohns #crohnswarrior #notalldisabilitiesarevisible #ibs #crohnsdisease #mountain #snowdon#wales #snowdonia #trek #family #crohnsandcolitis #fundraising #lowestoft #suffolk

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April 7th – Lost Balls and Parties

1999:  Up at 6 this morning, with the alarm.  Mum wasn’t in a very good mood, especially when I started whining in the bath.  Just to complete the start to her day I cried when she left me at Edon’s.  Nan picked me up later on in the morning and Pa and Bomps were home too. Uncle Teddy came round and we watched him on video doing a comedy routine.  I wasn’t to be upstaged though and started mimicking his act.  Later we played football ,  until Teddy lost the ball over the fence!  Some things never change according to Nan!

2019:  Urggh! Don’t know what time I got up today. In fact, I don’t think we fully did. Great house warming party last night but I’m beginning to wonder why I actually came home and did the housework yesterday and why I didn’t listen to mum about the alcohol

#party #football #comedy #humour #housework #toddlers #adults #growingup #alcohol

April 6th – Climbing the Dizzy Heights

1999:  Back to the usual grind today.  Awoke in mum’s bed at 7, had milk and a cuddle and then it was all systems go go go. Jumped in mum’s bath as she got out. Went to Edon’s, where potty training didn’t go too well according to the adults.  Who wants to waste time sitting on a silly plastic thing when you can just pee on the go?  When mum and I got home tonight, Nanny and Pa were there and Pa was putting a lovely new fence up.  I helped of course, fetching screws and things.  I also played in his van and climbed up his ladders.  This was slightly more difficult second time around as I had had to put my own wellie boots on and they were on the wrong feet! I got very grubby and ended up having another bath, which I didn’t mind as I got to show Nan how I can get in and out all on my very own now. 

2019:  How I used to love Pa’s van and climb his ladders. Off labouring today and up work ladders – boots on right feet but tricky when hodding. Home via mums to pick up some bits for our moving in party tonight and then home to tidy up under strict instructions of the missus who is working until 8pm.

#party #moving #pottytraining #toddlers #adults #growingup #building #labouring #vans

 

February 28th Job Hope Brightens the Mood

1999:  Couldn’t be bothered to get up this morning I lay in bed calling ‘Mum, Mum’ but she did not answer.  Then I called ‘Nan’ and I heard movement and a figure entered my room saying ‘no, you were right the first time!’  I was sooo pleased to see her and we had big hugs and cuddles.  We went downstairs for milk and juice and made ‘bix’ for ‘fast’ and sat eating and drinking at the table.  At 10.30 Granddad came to fetch me to see daddy.  I had a lovely day, my cousins came round in the morning and we all played.  I had so much fun that I didn’t sleep all day and fell asleep on the way home. Tonight Nan and Pa came round with peaches and jelly and cake.  I kept putting the candles on and blowing them out – mum didn’t seem to blow out any – perhaps you don’t like that sort of thing when you get older.  

2019:  Went out to meet a friend who is back on site over this way as caravan sales manager. Was great to catch up and have breakfast and he has also told me of a sales job going on a nearby site. Went to Zof’s tonight to update my CV and do covering letter which I have now sent over to him. That has given me a bit of hope again, as the agency I keep ringing about factory work just isn’t getting anywhere in a hurry. At least we’re not actually in the flat yet and my current landlord is Mum! 

#caravans #sales #work #growingup #kids #adults

February 27th Birthday Celebrations

1999:  Up at 6.30 – come on mum – it’s the weekend – let’s party.  She doesn’t seem too enthusiastic.  I guess she is getting on a bit now – 34 today.  She sang happy birthday to herself, but I wanted it to be to ‘me’.  We had a cup of tea, got dressed and then went to Nanny and Pa’s.  Mum had lots of pressies and I wanted to open them all.  I had bought her a lovely green purse and she had Lion cake (which I blew the candles out on several times).  Mummy went home to get ready and then she went off to London for the day and I stayed with Nanny and Pa.  I went to the shops with Pa and we bought some yummy cakes. We made peaches and jelly for mum’s tea tomorrow (well it is mine and Pa’s favourite!)  Pa bought me a Thomas the Tank Engine magazine and I had a generally spoilt and pampered day.  Well I do have to work hard living with my mum, so it’s nice to have a break every now and again.  Nanny and Pa took me home and although mummy’s, Bim’s and Eesa’s cars were there, there was no sign of anyone.  I went to bed and I presume Nanny and Pa stayed with me. 

2019: Mum always takes her birthday off from work and I met her for a Pizza Hut buffet at  lunch time which is one advantage of being unemployed. This afternoon we got the fire going and watched the films I wanted to watch on Sky Cinema (20 years may have passed but I still seem to have a handle on things!) Zof came over tonight and we gave mum her all her pressies – lots of organic stuff (as she’s gone organic mad) and a companion set for fire place. Indian take away for tea which was lush. Oh. And I had to trouble mum to fill out a form for guarantor for flat ……

#parents #growing up #birthdays #celebrations #unemployment #houserenting #presents #girlfriends #cakes

 

January 31st – A Balanced Diet

1999: What’s going on?  I awoke in my own bed!  I decided to have a packet of love hearts for breakfast, but I didn’t like the purple ones, as mum discovered when I kept placing a purple gooey mess in her hands.  It wasn’t all bad though; I did have some of mummy’s cereal too, but refused to have any of my own.  We went over the town and bought chocolate muffins for the rest of our breakfast.  Mummy said that we could pretend we were in America and then it wouldn’t seem such a bad breakfast – that’s fine by me, I don’t care where we are just give me my cake!  I asked mummy to open mine right away, which she did and said ‘don’t drop it’.  What a ridiculous thing to say to a two year old, I did manage to eat about half before it was on the floor though.  We had another lazy day, eating junk and watching videos as both of us are feeling a bit poorly.  Mum says I can go to Edons tomorrow even if she stays home, just so that I can get some decent play and conversation! Although Uncle Terry did come round tonight 😀

2019: Zof came over and stayed last night so was nice to briefly wake up with her until we then had to go our separate ways to work. Mum messaged to say she is hoping to fly over to Ireland and see Karen in July and did I want to go? Stupid question. Of course I do! Relief –  I actually remembered to take my lunch today rather than leaving it on the kitchen side or in the outside porch!