Three firsts in one week

It's been a great week for Smiley, and she's given me lots of reasons to be cheerful...

A real jigsaw


She's always enjoyed pull out jigsaws, but not the part that involves putting the pieces back.  So I never thought to try her with a real jigsaw.  But her July Provision Tutor did.

(used with permission)
Smiley was entranced by it - helped by the glittery pieces - and so proud of her achievement when it was all complete.  And I was very proud too: even if she did need a fair bit of assistance!

A real sandwich


What do you do when you have a child who only eats soft food, but you're out, you're in a hurry and you can't see anywhere that serves mash potato?  Go to Marks & Spencer and order a sandwich selection of course!  I had no idea how it would go, but I knew she was hungry (we all were) and she took a bite without any hesitation.  Then she made a face.  Uh oh.  I was expecting food refusal on the next mouthful, but no!  She ate half the sandwich, crust as well, and totally deserved the blueberry muffin I was able to get for her an hour later...

Public Toilets


Once upon a time I just used the baby changing facilities like everyone else.  But Smiley is now a young woman.  And public toilets, not even disabled toilets, are designed with her needs in mind.

1. They are often so small that a full size wheelchair or buggy can barely fit through the door, let alone moved around inside.
2. There is usually nowhere to change an adult or large child except the floor.  Which is often dirty and wet.
3. There is no hoist to lift the disabled person back into their chair or buggy.
4. There is no thought given at all to those like my daughter who use the toilet, but are so floppy that they need a lot of help to get on and off.

In recent years I have mostly avoided public toilets by not being away from a home base for more than 4-5 hours at a time.

But this week I had no choice.  And between us, Smiley and I did it!  Once again it was thanks to a reasonably sized disabled toilet in M&S, and our Bug Buggy, which fully reclines, so I was able to sort her out afterwards too.  Result.

There is a campaign in the UK for fully accessible toilets and hopefully it will come to Ireland too one day. 


Reasons to be Cheerful


20 comments:

  1. Brilliant achievements and fab reasons to be cheerful x

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  2. Love this post for its awesome positivity! Just wanted to ask if you'd heard of Changing Places toilets? http://www.changing-places.org/
    I stumbled across one of them a Marwell Zoo a while back and a member of staff gave me a little lesson in them. Not sure there are many of them about - or whether they've reached Ireland yet - but fingers crossed they're growing! x

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    1. Thank you so much for raising awareness of the Changing Places campaign - I actually linked to that in the final sentence, but I should have named it too, I think :) x

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  3. Go Smiley those are both great milestones.So glad the facilities are improving it was bad enough with a baby back in 2003-4..

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    1. Yes most places are not designed for buggies either xx

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  4. What a great week! Back to M & S then in future, eh? Brilliant.

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  5. What a great activity for smile to enjoy! Seeing achievements is a great way forward! I never thought about the problem of disability toilets, I get stared at for going into them with little A, but he still needs help x

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    1. Achievements, no matter how small, help me to keep trying x

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  6. that is brilliant. Love that photo with the jigsaw. Well done Smiley xxx

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  7. I went on Changing Places and looked at the map. There is only one in Northern Ireland and it isn't even in Belfast. That's pretty shocking. Do you know if there are any local campaigns in Ireland?

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    1. No, I don't think so :) It'll have to go on my long list of things to campaign about :)

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  8. love these achievements!! amazing what we will eat when we are hungry lol
    linking up from brit mums single parent round up

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    1. Hey, those sandwiches weren't that bad :)))

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