1999: Up at 6.15 and full of smiles. All went very well, behaviour, happiness and time wise until, that is, mum smelt the ominous waft from my pants. I was very upset when mum collected me today as I was in the middle of playing. How dare she arrive now! I soon calmed down when mum mentioned there were sweeties in the car. Didn’t eat much tea – a couple of mouthfuls of pasta and two yoghurts. Didn’t want a bath just milk like a “baby”. I had my bottle and fell asleep.
2019: Well at least my pooey behaviour had less impact on the future of the country than today’s political news. Not only are they still squabbling over Brexit and asking for yet another extension, they now want to throw ANOTHER general election into the mix in December. Well that’s not going to cause more delays and chaos is it? Can it get any worse? I think people will be wanting to burn different effigies than Guy Fawkes this November 5th!
#kids #parents #toilettraining #Brexit #GuyFawkes #sweets #bonfirenight
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: – Mum it’s Saturday – a busy day none the less! We went to Chelmsford to get my 3rd ‘watch me grow’ photo taken,. Mum put my leather waistcoat on for this occasion and I proudly told everyone I was ‘mart’. I pulled my usual stern face during the sitting with the odd smile here and there. I actually thought it far more fun to very slowly dribble out the corner of my mouth, putting more force on it just as the man took the photo! Mum didn’t seem too impressed though. We walked through the high street to the swimming pool only to find it does not open until midday. Doesn’t anybody realise today is Saturday? People want to swim. We walked back to the car and on the way mum bought me a packet of milk buttons to munch on in the buggy and we popped into Zanzibar to buy some tapers and incense sticks. We then made a quick exit when mum noticed a lady walking around with a chocolate button wrapper stuck to her trousers! We eventually left town and got stuck at the traffic lights. Hold up mum, the lights are green, the right hand lanes moving but we’re at a standstill in the left. Mum. MUM. Those cars are parked! How embarrassing. Everyone behind was very patient. Well she has died her hair blonde……….
2019: My mums blonde moments are endless. There really wasn’t any hope for me. Having said that I’m definitely the more sensible one and actually have some common sense. But then again mum did remember to leave me a list of jobs to do today! Shopping and cooking were the highlights.
#blond #hair #ditzy #growing up #photography
1999: Early start today. Awake at 6.30 when mum bought my milk in! Is she feeling all right? It’s a bit on the early side and she did it all on her own. I held my own inhaler and spacer unit this morning, something I’ve started doing over the past week. Why does it take big people so long to realise that we will happily do things, if only they’d let us get on with it? I tried to play with my racing cars this morning but they wouldn’t work. Mum had a look at it and then blamed me accusing me of leaving the battery on which I felt was mighty unfair and so I had a look and I managed to get it going. When mum picked me up tonight we went home via the shops and I chose Jelly Tots and went running up to mum. Oh, was that not the reason we were here then? Apparently not – it was to collect a paper for Nan! She gave in. I’m just far too cute, but it’s definitely for my own good! Whilst she was paying I went for a wander. Mum found me in the cake section drooling over the iced buns; she seemed rather relieved that she reached me at that point; personally I found it quite disappointing. No milk tonight because mum forgot to buy any – even though we’d just been to the shop!. We’ve only just been to the shops! It’s typical, I really don’t know what she does with her day, or her memory come to that. Tired, milkless and asleep by 8.00
2019: Well mum hasn’t changed over the years and neither have I really. Still love my milk, although I know it probably makes my Crohn’s worse, along with gluten, but my motto is “You’re here for a good time, not a long time”. Death really doesn’t bother me but dying of boredom and restriction does. That’s not the depressed or morbid side of me talking, I’ve looked death in the eye with sepsis. I wasn’t scared – I was too delirious to know or feel anything – but I did make up my mind afterwards to live. And food is my passion so I’m gonna enjoy it. I’ve long grown out of asthma – 7 years ago but it stopped me enlisting for the army at 16 as had to be 3 years clear, and then Crohn’s came along …
#crohns #autoimmune #depression #positiveliving #food #milk #asthma #growing up
1999: Awoke at 6, prodding mum and whispering her name. She kept telling me it was the middle of the night and that I should ‘go back to sleep’, but I didn’t. The alarm eventually went off and feeling bored now I shot up, turned off the alarm and put the radio on. There’s no way she’s snoozing today, I’m wide awake. I spent the day at Nan’s today. We went for a walk over the town; I pushed my buggy the whole way there but managed to hitch a ride back. Mum didn’t get in until 7 tonight and when she finally arrived to pick me up we had to go straight home. I took a chocolate mousse with me which I was insistent on eating with mummy’s keys (she can’t drive then, we get to stay longer), but Nan persuaded me to use my fingers instead. I don’t know if they were any cleaner than the keys to start with, but they were in a wonderful mess by the time I’d finished. When we got home we had to empty mums bedroom of all her furniture and later Dev arrived to lay her carpet. I was a great help of course. At least that’s one roll of carpet gone.
2019: So this morning work wanted me to go painting in my car. Yeah right. Then they said I could do lofts – without ladders. So I spent the day job hunting and filling in load of applications for factories, building and support worker. Need a job. Need my flat.
#toddlers #work #jobhunting #childood #mums #Adulthood #moving
1999: A bit of comfort in mums bed this morning with the quilt back on the mattress. Really need to stop this habit but neither of us wants to; it’s quite nice really, snuggling up together. Only problem is – this can’t really go on for the next 10 years. Woke up at 7.15, oops! Mummy really should get a plastic sheet for this bed. Off we set for a very, very mischievous day at Edons. It was reported to mummy that I tried to bite Jakes arm because he was holding onto my buggy. Later I was fighting over some Duplo and ended up throwing it in some kids face. They have narrowed it down to the Dolly mixtures – it’s great this – they think you’re such an angel that they blame it on the food! Are they mad? I was just feeling really naughty okay! Mum attempted to cut my hair tonight with new clippers, but I wriggled and complained and now have a new stripy, itsy bitsy hair do.
2019: Lots of “accidental hair cuts” over the years. I remember flying to Ireland once, having to wear a cap the whole time and going straight to a hair dressers from the airport. Wouldn’t let mum anywhere near my hair now – it has to be a perfect skin fade. Loved watching the mischief of rugby between Norwich and Holt under 12’s today – slipping and sliding in the rain and the mud and England muller France in the six nations in the dry and warm at home
#toddlers #grwoing up #pottytraining #hair #skinfade #sweet #Enumbers #rugby #sixnations #England #norwich #holt
1999: Got in with mum at 5.10 but didn’t settle very well as her bed is full of springs, and very uncomfortable – the things she does to try and put me off! Mum usually sleeps on top of two quilts, but they’re a bit wet right now for some reason. I eventually settled down and slept until 7.30. Mum had a shower whilst I played with a race track the neighbours had given us, but the cars don’t work too well and I tried to get mums attention but she was too busy putting her make up on. I decided to wipe my snotty nose on her bath towel and attention was got. Tonight we had to go to the laundrette to wash and dry the quilts and whilst they were doing we went to Asda shopping . Mum bought me my first Postman Pat video and for tea I had grapes, biscuits, dolly mixtures and crisps in the supermarket trolley and mum paid for lots of empty bags at the check out.
2019: Beds! I seem to get through them yearly. Have lovely comfy one now which will hopefully be moving with us soon to rented accommodation. Have opened joint bank account with Zof, mum has finally got back half of my air fares from my cancelled tours which will go into it and we have arranged a viewing on a cottage for next Saturday. Exciting times
#kids #toddlers #growingup #food #snacks #shopping #moving #renting #pottytraining
1999: Back to the old routine today of listening to mummy repeatedly hitting the snooze button. I was in a good mood again this morning and even chose my own clothes. That is until I realised mummy had fed the fish. I wanted to do it. I stormed off and got my little footstall to “look” and eventually the fish got a second helping when mum wasn’t looking. Afterwards I was fine again but we had to go, go, go. I was even cool when we arrived at Edon’s and went in to play with the others; I gave mummy a kiss goodbye and carried on playing. Mummy looked quite relieved and I think she went to work with a clear conscience. There was a bag of Jelly Babies waiting for me in my car seat. Yum. Yum. I like first days back to work.
2109: Last day of work for the week and Zof is home with us again tonight. Getting excited looking for properties to rent but need a few months to save. Cooked spiced beef and pasta tonight and we all sat in the lounge watching Ready Player One
#fish #sweets #work #toddlers #childhood #mums #adulthood #growingup #cooking #movies #girlfriend #renting #movinghouse
1999: Stood at the stair gate this morning saying, “Mum, Mum, Mum””. She’s not fooling me, I know she’s downstairs. Up Mummy came to get me and we went downstairs to sleep on one settee and Aunty ‘Bim’ was on the other one. We all slept until 7.15 when I decided it was time for everyone to wake up. Uncle Terry came round this afternoon with lots of new clothes for my holiday. He complained that I “stunk of garlic”. Well so would he if he’d just polished off a garlic baguette. It’s no difference for kids you know. Besides, it makes a change from the usual kiddie smells. When mummy was cooking tea I dragged a chair through from the dining table and stood at the kitchen side. Mummy turned her back to dish up my tea and she turned back to see me fall head first off the chair and roley poley as I landed on my head. I cried from shock and got a Jelly Baby, which I had pointed to immediately as I was lifted up. Anyway, I actually think I was rather clever. I’ve tried to go head over heels since, but I can’t quite manage it without the height factor. I went to bed and was asleep by 7.00. Hopefully Mum will do the same soon, but she said something about ironing and packing. Still, holiday tomorrow………
2019: We still see Bim who progressed over the years to sausage Kim as she used to call me sausage. Still love my garlic and just food generally. Roley Poley – well these progressed to somersaults I used to do gymnastics for school along with several other sports. Not so sure I could do one now but give me a trampoline and I might! Meanwhile I’ll continue with that work thing whilst mum relaxes is Tenerife.
1999: Got into mums bed this morning with …………………Nan? Oh that’s right mum had to go to work again last night! Well I’m making the most of this, sorry Nan but there’s no way I’m going back to sleep. I spoke to mum on the phone at 8.00 when she rang to say good morning and to see if I was being a good boy. Why shouldn’t I be? She has no faith my Mother. Doesn’t she realize yet that I only play up when she’s around – moaning at me? Well it gets on your nerves after a while. “Jack don’t do that, don’t do this………………..” On and on and on she drones. I did have Nan running up and down the stairs all morning though by saying “poo”, but I didn’t (It’s a great game this, the power you have to make them all go running with just one, simple word). Tonight mummy and I sat on the settee watching telly, drinking milk and eating a huge bowl of sweeties. Heaven. She can go and do extra hours at work any time she likes. There’s nothing like a guilty conscience.
2019: Mums in Tenerife getting some winter sun. Hopefully they’ll be sweeties when she gets back! Meanwhile I don’t envy her those extra work hours – my day has been long, long, long insulating loft after loft! And as for poo – well that makes me go running now due to the wonder of Chron’s. Karma apparently.
#crohns #sweets #family #pottytraining #karma #work #childhood #adulthood #growingup