Friday, 18 May 2012

TGI Friday (A #R2BC post)

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

This is my first Reasons to Be Cheerful 1, 2, 3 post and I thought that it would be good to write down why I want to take part in this blog hop.

After seeing a couple of different bloggers R2BC posts, I was intrigued as to what it was all about, so I followed the link and came across Mummy from the Heart's blog.  I love the idea of remembering the good things on a weekly basis and think that this is something that I really need to do.

Since Noah was about a year old I have struggled with daily life as a mother and wife and eventually last year I finally went to the doctors and admitted just how down I was feeling.  The doctor diagnosed me with depression.  It feels weird to say that I have PND, when Noah was almost two by then!  He put me on citalopram anti-depressants, which did help.  As most people with depression will know, I had good days and bad days, but on the tablets I found I was having more good days.

In January I went to South Africa for two weeks for my sisters wedding.  Because of financial reasons, I went on my own without hubby and the kids.  I can honestly say it was the best 2 weeks I have had in a very long time.  It really helped me to unwind and find *me* again.  On my return I felt ready to come off the anti-depressants.  I went back to the doctors and we weaned me off the tablets.  I now don't take anything any more, however, I am starting to find daily life a struggle and very stressful again.  Noah is most certainly going through the terrible twos and at the age of four, I don't think Aled has ever outgrown it!

These last couple of weeks have been pretty hard going for me.  The Saturday before last my 13 year old son was violently mugged and we spent most of last week coming to terms with it.  He is doing much better now and although his confidence has been knocked, he is slowly regaining it.  This week Aled & Noah seemed to be on a mission to wear me down.  It feels like it's been one big non-stop tantrum from waking up time until bed time every day all week.  We are now at the end of the week and I feel exhausted! reasons for being cheerful this week:
  1. We are all here, in one piece and together.
  2. Bedtimes.  I love story time at the kids bedtime.  On hubby's turn he does interactive books on the ipad, but when it's my turn we get the normal books out and I read to them.  Hubby says he doesn't know who enjoys it more, me or them!
  3. Cake!!  This week I made my very first coconut cake.  There's nothing more satisfying that trying a new recipe that has come out well!
  4. PJ is starting to get his confidence back.
  5. I have new bedding on my bed today.  I actually can't wait to go to bed! lol.
So, there are my reasons for being cheerful this week, what about you?

Jackie. x


  1. Oh dear how horrible for that to happen to your son, I hope he's recovering from it now. It was my first go at the R2BC too, for reasons similar to yours, life just wears you down (especially when you've got children!) so its nice to focus on the positive things once a week.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

    1. Thank you Debra. I hope you have a good weekend too. What is your blog name? I'm getting ready or work at the moment, but I would love to go have a look when I get home this afternoon. xx

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about what happened to your son, that is awful. I hope that he is okay, what a terrible thing to have to endure.
    I've just had a week away sans the husband and children and came home feeling refreshed & rejuvenated, I;m glad that your time away helped you xx

    1. Thank you Mama OWL. Getting away every now and again really does help doesn't it. x

  3. I find doing this hop really helped me feel so much more positive about everything. Hope it does the same for you as it sounds like you have a lot on your plate. Your #r2BC sound

  4. Hi Jackie,

    Sorry it has taken me an age to come over and say hi. Nice to have you join in, so sorry to hear about your older boy.

    Hope this week has been a good one. Mich x


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