Thursday, July 31, 2014

Something special happened today

Funny how life goes: just when you think that you're sinking into another black hole, your kids drag you back out again.  Today began with a very successful trip to Tallaght Hospital.  We've never been there before, so that means that the patient had no bad memories of the place, and persuading him to go was not too difficult.   I'd rung ahead and explained about the special needs involved, and we arrived at the requested time: 8.30 am.  We only had to wait for 5 minutes, and the medical staff were lovely to all of us.  Now that's impressive, especially as the media would have us believe that the whole Irish Health service is a complete disaster area, to be avoided at all costs.

Then this happened at lunch time.  I've never given up on Smiley, she must be on the longest toilet training programme ever (14 years and counting).  And I'm also always trying to improve her everyday skills, and her determination is just as impressive!  Today she took me completely by surprise by plotting, then eating, the last bit of her dinner.  Up to now self-feeding has been almost entirely confined to things made of chocolate...

Eyeing up the last of the dinner
This is hard work!
Aren't I amazing?
Finally I have to mention that after a sleepless night, I had a lovely day on Sunday.  Ironically this was thanks to my concerns about Jazzygal, who injured herself doing Pilates and it sounded quite serious (and if this has happened to you, she'd love to know about it, so please pop over to hers if you have a story to tell).  So with nothing better to do, I decided that myself and Smiley could shop and make a little hamper to cheer her up.  The sun was shining, the roads were empty, so I decided to that we may as well deliver it by hand, and so we found ourselves as half past four on a sultry Sunday afternoon drinking coffee and scoffing biscuits with Jazzy and her lovely family.  One of the best days of the summer so far...

I'm linking this up with this week's Reasons to be Cheerful, currently hosted by Lakes Single Mum.


Reasons to be Cheerful


22 comments:

  1. I can't stop looking at those photos!! Go smiley, you're an inspiration! I love that you thought of someone else, I bet it was very much appreciated too xx

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  2. Its so fabulous how she is making all these huge leaps at the moment! She looks so pleased with herself too. And coffee with friends is always a reason to smile

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  3. What lovely photos! She looks so pleased with herself, brilliant x

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  4. How absolutely wonderful! All of it! I'm hoping Jazzy is feeling better!

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  5. Woops, I'd better go over to Jazzy. I avoided that post because it had the word exercise in it but I didn't realize she'd injured herself. Lovely photos of Smiley here.

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    1. I'll have to remember not to put exercise in any blog post titles then so :)

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  6. Tears in my eyes here, what a great day altogether!
    You cheered up a friend, had a happy boy, and smiley looks sooooo pleased with herself!!!
    Save it in your heart
    Aud xxx

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    1. I will Aud, and thanks for leaving such a lovely comment xxx

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  7. What a lovely thing to do for a friend and sounds like you benefitted too as we always do when we pay it forward. Lovely photos and good reasons to smile for sure

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  8. Ouch! for your friend.....I must stay away from pilates!!!! Only joking, I hope she's better soon, how kind are you with your hamper, what a lovely thing to do. BUT Smiley is the star of this post, I love that you were able to capture it and how I love that word "plotting" because, you know, she really did look like she was plotting, nice coup Smiley! You're such a great mother to keep on keeping on with encouraging developments and obviously your gorgeous girl knows that too. xxxx

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    1. Smiley is the only child now who doesn't mind having her picture taken, so I always have my phone at the ready! And I love capturing a good photo of her because she makes me so proud every day xxxx

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  9. Aww... thank you so much for the lovely mention but more important for the lovely visit... it was the highlight of my day, believe me! The pain has worsened since the so apologies in delay in reading your blog.
    And I am THRILLED that the Tallaght trip went so well and how fabulous is that 'go-me' photo of Smiley?! Well done to all... and to you for sticking with it and getting both your children to this point :-) xxx

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    1. Yeah the way the Tallaght trip worked out was pretty awesome: you can imagine how nervous I was beforehand! xxx

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  10. oh beautiful photos of Smiley! I'm glad you had a great day after your sleepless night :)

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  11. Fabulous reasons to be cheerful. I LOVE the photos of Smiley and what wonderful progress.

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    1. I know, they make me smile every time I look at them :)))

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