Motherhood, mental illness and beyond

It’s been a funny couple of days. DD has chickenpox and DS has a cold. My back is playing up even worse than usual. But several times over the last 2 days I’ve caught myself smiling contentedly and feeling happy.

Because DD is poorly we haven’t needed to get everyone ready to take her to preschool in the mornings, we have no deadlines to adhere to and (best of all for my antisocial tendencies) no-one to meet. The children both spent the whole of today in pyjamas and loved it. DD and I baked chocolate orange brownies this afternoon, she’s had long baths, she’s done painting, I’ve spent far more time than usual cwtched up on the sofa reading to one or both children.

It’s like we’re cocooned inside a little family bubble and I’m loving it. On the whole I’m still feeling quite ‘up’ at the moment – I sometimes get jittery and there have been occasions when the children’s shrieking has gone through me like a knife, but for the most part I’m quite chirpy and feeling fairly positive about things.

So sing along with me: if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands… 😉


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