My Valentine

Last year in February, the month of love, I wrote a post and quoted a Wet Wet Wet song ‘Love is all around me’. I read it again recently and I’ll be honest, I had a lump in my throat. The love and support I’ve had from those around me have made so much difference […]

What’s on your mind?

For a while now there’s been one question that I’ve wanted to know the answer to more than anything. More even than the ‘What does the future hold?’ question, which I have sort of accepted that I will never know. The question is ‘What goes on in Pudding’s head?’ I live with him and love […]

Birthday planning

I find it hard to believe that my little Pudding will be 5 years old soon. When your child has additional needs, birthdays can sometimes be a stark reminder of milestones missed. This year though, it’s a new challenge that is facing me. The birthday party! Last year he had only just had an operation […]

Clearing out

Ah, the post-Christmas clear out! Finding space for all those new toys often means a ruthless look at the old ones and the filling up of various charity bags. Added to that, moving Pudding into his own room has given the perfect opportunity for some reorganisation and de-cluttering. Reaching under T’s bed to pull out […]

Clinical trial – a year on

Monday and Tuesday we were in Manchester again. It is the end of Pudding’s first year on the clinical trial that aims to halt the progression of Hunter Syndrome in his brain. So he needed to go for an MRI scan and lumbar puncture under general anesthetic. It’s been an emotional journey of course. First […]

Twiglet no more

To my oldest little boy, You’re growing up. From your too-short trousers to the five slab-like new teeth in your mouth, from your enthusiastic love of The Kinks to your adult way with words sometimes, I can’t help but notice it. Often lately I look at you and see the teenager you will become. It […]

Happy New Year

Christmas is over for another year. With a change to normal routine, festive food and many opportunities for sensory overload, I know many families with disabled or additional needs children can find the period a struggle. But for me, unlike other holidays, Christmas means lots of other adults around to help take on ‘Pudding duty’. […]

Festive fun

As I said last year, I’ve always loved Christmas. I know it’s not for everyone. And there are some people out there who prefer the wild partying and heady celebrations of New Year. But for me, Christmas is family and warmth and lights on the tree and food and… Oh, loads of other things that […]


Ah, the school nativity play. That time where parents struggle politely for the best vantage point to watch their sweet child parade onto the stage with all the others. The tinsel, and cobbled together costumes. The angel so busy looking out for her parents that she carries on walking and nearly trips over a shepherd. […]

Sleep like a baby?

Having written about emotions last time, I’ve come to realise something (probably fairly obvious) this week. I am so much better at coping with everything when I am well rested. I’ve had a few late nights recently, and I find it leaves me in such a fragile state of mind. When I’ve slept enough, I […]