Anyway… Christmas has come and gone.
My boys went to their dad’s this year and are now back home where they belong.
I can’t tell you how difficult I found it, not having my boys here.
You know all those Doctor Who jokes about counting down to the Christmas episode, rather that Christmas Day itself?
Yeah, that was genuinely me!
But as it was just the one day, I’m not going to dwell on it.
All in all, this year has been absolutely fantastic!
I mean, it really didn’t start off that way.
Max’s sleeping was non-existent, his behaviour was getting worse and worse as a result, and I had completely reached the end of the proverbial tether.
But then we got a sleep counselor.
And introduced his PECS (visual cards) at home.
And the unbelievable happened!
My little dude has been sleeping through since Feb 1st (yes I remember the date!) and it’s changed all of our lives!
He called me Mummy for the first time.
He’s said “love you” without any prompting.
He’s even asked “Mummy whatsat??”!
He’s adoring school all in all, and is generally being a wee star.
That’s not to say we haven’t had our difficulties.
But they are far outweighed by the progress Max has made!
And with his progress, has come some much needed time for me to finally be able to get out of the red-alert way of thinking, and relax, recuperate and have fun!
Our summer was gloriously lazy, with many memories made.
I got to go to the MAD Blog Awards and meet both old friends and new.
I’ve actually been able to even go out of an evening as Max is now able to be put to bed my someone other than me!
Zack and I have been on adventures to Glasgow and Edinburgh this year. We’ve been able to do more just us two, which has helped to keep our bond strong, even when he has to sometimes take a step back so I can be there for Max when he needs it.
This year has been pretty bloody fantastic all in all.
So much more progress has happened than I thought possible in January.
So many more happy times and laughter and a genuine feeling of HOPE.
And it’s only going to get better as we go into 2014.
The year Max will start going to school full time (probably around March)!
The year my boys will turn 9 and 7.
The year I will turn 30!
So now it’s time to say goodbye to 2013, raise a glass, cuddle with loved ones, and make the most of bringing in the new year with my beautiful boys.
I can only hope that next year is as good as this one has been!