Monday, 25 July 2011
What are your plans for the summer?
So, the summer holidays have started. I wonder what readers have planned for the next six weeks. I know some are facing time in hospital. I can empathise with this having spent so many long summers, including last summer, in hospital with Wills. It's a horrible thing to be stuck in an air conditioned room while others walk in and out in sun dresses smelling of sun cream. How do you cope with those long admissions? I'm planning a feature on surviving hospital in the coming weeks and would love to hear from you.
Taking any family on holiday takes weeks of planning but to take a child with additional needs is like a military operation! Are you going away. If so, it would be great to hear where you went and how you did it. Could you write a review for us? Likewise, if you have any special days out it would be great to have a photo and review to put on here and share with others.
We're planning a 'staycation.' Wills is great this year and a holiday would have been fantastic but, this year, it's me who has put a spanner in the works by throwing oxygen into the, already complicated, equation. (That's another story told here ) We'll be spending lots of time at The Tower of London (hideous for wheelchairs!), Hampton Court and The National Portrait Gallery to let Wills enjoy his Kings and Queens. We'll try and take in a couple of castles too and we're going to do the Buckingham Palace Tour and have a day on an open top bus ride round London. No doubt, we'll go to a steam railway to let him have a Thomas the Tank Engine themed day but I'm also hoping to stretch his interests a bit. William's sisters have chosen two days out each so we'll be off to art galleries and markets. We're planning some trips to the coast - Hastings is William's choice for obvious reasons and we always go to Brighton a few times each summer. We're going to the Lolipop festival too. Of course, we'll be taking Oliver for lots of walks in the woods and by the river. I think it will be a busy six weeks! I'll share what works and what doesn't work in the things we try and would love to hear what you're up to.
I also have some aims for William this summer. The biggest is to get him eating meals and we've had a good start on this. He's sitting at the table at every meal already and is really keen to try food. He hasn't liked much enough to eat more than a nibble yet but we'll keep on going till we find it. A lot is down to his confidence and I think it will take a few attempts at each food to get him really eating it.
Whether your hopes for the summer are simply to be at home together for as much of it as possible or if you have an exciting, once in a lifetime, holiday planned, I'd love to hear about it and how you managed to juggle it all. Whatever you have planned, I hope you have a fantastic time and I hope we all get some sun for the next six weeks.
Written by Sarah Milne