1999: woke up at four to find Nanny in mummy’s bed and no sign of mum. She had apparently had to go in to work in the middle of the night! I got into bed with Nan and went back to sleep for a couple of hours and opened the door to mum when she came home with a big smile. We’re going on holiday today and so Nanny went home while mummy cut my hair, we had a bath, finished the packing and then we waited for Nanny and Pa. They soon arrived and we loaded our things into the car and were on our way to Romney Marsh ‘caraban’ site. There’s a miniature steam railway that runs through the site so we sat and watched the trains at the station and then went to the beach. Nanny walked up to the fish and chip shop that someone had told her was ten minutes up the road. She returned an hour later – it was 10 minutes by car and it was shut anyway! She’d found a shop though and had brought salad and crisps back with her. I wanted mum to carry me part way back to the caravan. Mum obliged – until she realised my trunks were full of poo! After tea mummy went to the camp shop to get some wine and playing cards but it was shut as was reception when we realised they’d put us in the wrong caravan – all the paperwork was in someone else’s name. All the olds were dopey and lulled out by 8.30 pm. As for me – I’m raring to go and full of mischief. By 8.45 we were all dressed and I was in my buggy – off for a walk to lull me to sleep. We ended up in the pub on our way back (it was the novelty of finding somewhere open) and then continued on our way with Pa teaching me ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’ as we looked up at the sky.
2019: No excitement here today and definitely no mischief. My tooth is better but I have the headache from hell. Have had to take another day off sick. Mum thinks it might be rebound headache from all the pain relief I was swallowing yesterday. No eye pain or visual problems so I don’t have to worry about Uveitis this time. Crohn’s is a learning journey not just effecting the bowel. For more information on how Crohns can affect your eyes go to https://www.healthline.com/health/crohns-disease/crohns-disease-eyes
#toddlers #childhood #adulthood #holidays #parents #grandparents #mums #Kent #RomneyMarsh #Caravans #headaches #crohns #uveitis #pottytraining
1999: Hot cross buns and chocolate Easter eggs for breakfast. I love Easter (and so does mum by the looks of it!). We went swimming this morning and had a lovely ‘dim’ for an hour. I got out of the pool okay, but mum had to fight to get me out of the lovely warm shower. We set off for a walk to the local shop this afternoon and arrived back home an hour and a half later! On the way, we had decided to explore the alley way opposite our house thinking we could cut through to the shops, but it turned out that it led to the other end of our road (a dead end) and we had to walk all the way back again and start over. Nice one mum. I did find a great stick though and took it all the way to the shops and back – even though it was nearly as big as me. Amongst my antics I hit someone’s car with the stick, pulled someone’s parking chain off the hook on their drive, tried to climb the street lamps, stopped and waved at all the cars and touched all the traffic cones as we went past the roadwork’s. Once home I went out in the garden and discovered that I could use mums clothes horse to climb up my slide. Mum keeps going very pale today. Think I’ll have to keep an eye on her – she might be sickening for something
2019: Got into Zofs parents late last night from Stansted. No antics today just lazing around and trying to acclimatise. Looking forward to heading back to our flat tonight but not so much work tomorrow
#work #stansted #easter #chocolate #ditzy #antics #airports #toddlers #growing up #mums
1999: – Good Friday, but mum didn’t seem to think so at 6.45! I don’t know why, she got 15 minutes longer than usual and we had hit cross buns for breakfast. There’s no pleasing some people! We walked over to the town to get some shopping and I walked all the way back. I made friends with a dog, who in return wrapped his lead around me and pulled me over. It was a lovely day and I played in the garden and then Uncle Teddy took me to the park where I found not just the wettest, but the muddiest spot and Uncle Teddy had to rescue me. I was very tired when I got back home and sat drinking my tea unable to move for about 10 minutes. Mum thought it was great, but I wasn’t so sure.
2019: A week or so until Easter this year. Last day in Budapest and sunshine as tonight we flew back to reality and the cold. Bit of a rough landing but it was Ryan Air – last time we flew with them was to Ireland many years ago. They threw it on the runway that time, just 10 minutes after serving mum a second hot chocolate. She wasn’t too happy with her chocolate patterned, white t shirt then but it makes us laugh now.
#GoodFriday #Eating #food #Easter #dogs #walks #ditzy #playing #Budapest #holidays #weather #sunshine #rain #ryanair #flying
1999: Accidentally headbutted mum when I woke up this morning – she wasn’t impressed. She turned her back on me for about 5 minutes – sulking. Then I put my arm around her and I was forgiven. Shorts and t-shirt today for the first time this year and my sandals too. Edon took us to the park and Dan bought me some buttons, which I promptly dropped all over the floor! When mum picked me up I spied the Easer Eggs Edon gave her and polished one off on the way home. It’s great having a chocoholic mum – she has empathy! When we got home we made hot cross buns – a bit messy but great fun. I went in my swing and fell asleep there whilst drinking my cuppa. Mum kept trying to get me out but, each time she did, I went into one and just asked for another swing. Why can’t she just leave me here anyway? I wasn’t sleeping – I was just resting my eyes.
2019: Amazing river cruise and meal last night and today was spent on the bus touring the city – mostly because we had already paid for the tickets and are down to our last bits of shrapnel. On getting back to the hotel this evening, we discovered that there is a spa, swimming pool and solarium on the roof of our hotel – all included in the price. Think we’ll spend the night here. Hopefully its not an April Fools and we wont get a big bill tomorrow
#choclate #easter #baking #buns #parks #budapest #holidays #spa #hotels #toddlers #buses #growingup
1999: Mum didn’t seem too enthusiastic this morning – she muttered something about not having to be to work until 9.00 today. Great – more time to play then. After half an hour of kisses (eleven to be precise), pulling off the covers and shouting “up”, jumping on the bed and clambering all over her, she eventually decided to get up! Went to Edon’s for a little while and then Nan picked me up. I was very pleased to see her, and when we got home Bomper was there too. We went for a walk over the river to see all the boats – and the mud! Then we went to Asda and had lunch there (actually in the restaurant this time!) Pa and I had great fun playing in the garden – we built ramps for my cars and a ramp, which I walked along pretending to be a tight ropewalker. Have been a bit boulchy today (so they say) and ended it by smacking mum in the face. The next I knew I was whisked home and put to bed, with milk, but no story. I was tired anyway. See if I care.
2019: Happy Mothers day from Budapest. Have facetimed mum a couple of times from this amazing city and told her to bin off anything else she has booked and come here! Have spent the day at the thermal baths and spas (after running back for my trunks) and had an amazing day. Mums really into all the organic and natural health stuff so lets see if this has settled my crohns.
#eating #parents #grandparents #cars #playing #budapest #cities #thermalbaths #aunatural #chrohns #IBD #autoimmune #southwoodham
1999: Decided I wanted a calm morning, so instead of getting into mum’s bed and making her sheets wet, I stood by the bed and told her I was wet. At Edon’s we had to go shoe shopping for the kids. Isn’t it bad enough that I have to do this with my mother?! When mum picked me up, I had vest and trousers on as had been running around playing with the others and was very hot. Also told mum I had a bad head. When we were playing, Dan had fallen over backwards and fallen right onto my head. Ouch! That hurt. No real damage done though. Mum managed to get me home with the temptation of seeing Action Man. After quite a search we found him in my bed.
2019: We arrived in Budapest last night, after eventually clearing security at Stansted – Zof had scissors in her make up bag in hand luggage and so ensued a full search. Upon emptying the bag during the search, we both realised we had left our swimming costumes at home so bought some at the airport. Had a great day on the Hop on Hop off (ironic with my ankle) bus around the city, exploring, eating and drinking
#pottytraining #actionman #shoes #shopping #costumes #airports #flying #budapest #travel #growingup #holidays
1999: I waved to all the cars, buses and lorries on the way, to Edons today and not one of them waved back, I didn’t think that was a very good start to the day. It was quiet today, as it’s half term, so no Jake or Josh, but Lea and Dan were there. I didn’t want mum to go this morning and this evening I came running out to meet her. There was an Easter egg in the back of the car, which I spied straight away, and ended up eating it all but still ate my tea (which I feel was a good move on my part) Played in the garden, watched some of Simbas Pride with mum after my bath, and was in bed and asleep by 8.00. Not a very eventful day, but the chocolate was good!
2019: I clearly used to love chocolate. Still like my sweets but chocolate is one of my worst “go through me” intakes. But then most foods do and I’m either eating for England or not at all. Got caught short in Tesco the other day and had to run (luckily pre ankle injury!). I followed the toilet signs only to come across a large rail of clothing blocking my path. I had to run all the way round another two aisles and came to the disabled loo first with a big sign “Not all disabilities are visible”. Phew! I went in, pulled everything down and sat on the throne just in time to do a big “Crohn’s let rip”. Relief. Bugger. There was no bloody toilet roll. So ensued 10 minutes of trying to get Zofs attention by text (who is usually glued to her phone) and eventually she responded, found me loo roll and deposited it to me in the disabled loo. No need to text to get her attention today as we are glued together, at Stansted and on our way to Budapest. Lets Party!
#holidays #budapest #stansted #flying #crohns #IBD #IBS #tescos #shopping #eating #sweets #chocolte #eastereggs #toddlers #growingup #childminders
1999: I awoke in Aunty Eesa’s bed with mum next to me and the rest of the house was up by 6.15 – but they didn’t seem too impressed. Anyway I was saved later when Uncle Tony, who was away fishing, rang to say the clocks had gone forward an hour, so there! We played a bit this morning and aunty Eesa took us home at 10.30 or is it 11.30? We went to bed when we got in as mum is feeling poorly. Something to do with Martel, whoever that is! We snuggled up until 3.00! Mum looked slightly less green when we got up, but I’ve seen her looking better. I wanted to carry on sleeping really, but eventually gave in to mum’s persistence and went out to play in the garden. When we went to have a bath the water was really cold and mum had to boil up kettles of water to make it warm.
2019: Hmm. No issues with Martel on Mums first sleep over but I’m a little green from Jack as I was eventually swigging out of the bottle to try and numb my ankle pain. Swelling has gone down though and I have a bit more movement so will just continue to hobble until it heals. Don’t really want to be travelling to Budapest with plaster on anyhow. Although assisted flying is quite good – I had this flying back from Ireland once with a broken toe. The first of many toe breaks. My big toes are now so numb I’m continually stubbing them as cannot feel them!
#fishing #alcohol #britishsummertime #alchohol #martel #JD #breaks #injuries #sleepovers #budapest
1999: Another very restless night but at least mum only swapped beds with me twice. Why we have to swap anyway I don’t know, surely it would be much better if she just stayed put every time I wriggled over. Home today but we had to wait for nanny to collect us, so we waited with Pat and when Nanny arrived I shared him with her.
I had a close shave this afternoon. I was playing in my bedroom, when mummy says she heard a series of loud bangs. She came running into the bedroom to find the wardrobe door on the floor and me next to it. How it missed me she does not know (only I do and I’m not telling), but she’s very glad it did! Nanny and Pa popped round tonight and Pa brought me a book. Mummy read four stories to me and has decided that I obviously have a thing about this number as that is the number of wee’s I’ve done this afternoon, in various locations around the house. I’m just re-establishing my territory mum.
2019: Got paid today, bought myself some tools and a radio to sing along to as I work and felt proper grown up. I seem to make a better job of building things now than I do destroying them!
#building #holidays #postmanpat #toilettraining #humour #toddlers
1999: I had a very restless night and apparently so did mum – now that’s what I call a coincidence. I slept in every angle possible on both beds (we swapped 4 times apparently) and at 6.30 started muttering about Pat again. Of course most of this is mummy’s version of events as I was mostly asleep throughout and I really think she’s taking this Pat thing a bit too far now. Mum made me cry at breakfast this morning. I was quite happily sitting in my high chair, flapping a whole rasher of bacon from my mouth, when Mummy told me to take it out. Well I didn’t see what was wrong with this so I carried on doing it and do you know what she did? She broke my bacon! After breakfast we went for a swim for a whole hour – Mummy eventually bribed me out of the pool with Pat (I thought you didn’t like him, this is so confusing).
Tonight I did my usual in the dining room making everyone on my table wear their napkins in their collar, just like me and then I gradually pull mine out so that they’re all sat there looking very funny and I’m the grown up one with mine abandoned! After dinner we went to the cabaret room for our usual dance. All week I have wanted to stand on the stage and sing into the microphone to the music, and tonight mummy let me do it. It was great fun and everyone was looking at me. The trouble started when a man then came on and started playing the organ and singing, and I wanted to go on the stage “again”. Mummy said I couldn’t as I’d already played and it was now the man’s turn and suggested we danced instead. As we danced on the floor I realized that everyone was paying attention to the man on the organ and not me and I wanted to join in with him, so I smacked mummy in the face and next thing I knew I was being marched off to bed. Well no one’s going to see me there are they you stupid woman!!
2019: No dancing or playing today just lots of hard work in stuffy lofts. Still like my tunes though and sing along in my van loud and clear. Tried to stay awake to welcome Mum and Mark home but was soundo in my bed by the time they got back