The school holidays in Ireland are now in full swing: Most days I have organised something for the children, though my son's consent is always needed! Today I have announced a pyjama day though, giving me time to reflect on the week just gone and take part in Reasons to be Cheerful...
I feel better
If you're a regular reader you'll know that last week I finally admitted that I was suffering from depression, and I went and got help. I cannot believe the difference. I'm not ecstatically happy, but I do feel calm and capable and able to enjoy my days again.
The day I got to see the sea
A bit of bird watching, a bit of exercise and a bit of ice cream too!
I really miss days out at the beach, but right now it's not working for my two younger kids, so we did this instead.
We went swimming
That may not sounds significant, but it's actually 6 years since I've gone swimming with Smiley: it was getting more and more difficult. But I know how much she loves her swimming sessions in school, and with such a long break I was determined to try again. So with the help and encouragement of another special needs Mum, a date was fixed.
I approached it with much trepidation and epilation. A long long list of things I might need was prepared, a new mummy swimsuit purchased, and Smiley's chair waterproofed for the duration.
The chosen pool was supposed to be disabled-friendly, which it is, but it does not really have the facilities for severely disabled people like my daughter. But with the help of my friend, and two hunky lifeguards, Smiley was gently lifted in and out of the water and showered and cleaned and dressed. I was a hot sweaty wreck by the time we left, but it was all worth it: she was the happiest and giggliest child in the pool.
And I'm going to do it all over again next week...