Well, that was unexpected! After such a difficult time lately really wasn't sure if we'd get out for my daughter's birthday last night but we did.
As I said, didn't book anything so could tell her 'We'll go when you're ready." I know a time limit just stresses her out more. A few wobbles but nothing too bad. Her best friend came too which was nice, thankfully she knows what she's like so didn't hassle her too much about time.
She didn't eat much of her meal but tucked into a banana split after
Mam & dad enjoyed getting out too.
She started to panic when we got home, told me to be prepared for screaming, which I was dreading of course after the neighbours complaints. But she went upstairs for a while & calmed herself down. Came down & settled herself on the sofa, (where she currently sleeps), next time I look, she's asleep! I couldn't believe it. Decided to head straight for bed while I had the chance. I'm sure it was down to sheer exhaustion but it's good to break that cycle of only sleeping after a major panic.
Now she's getting ready to go out for the afternoon with friends. If it happens it means I will have some time to myself. Yay!
Thanks again for all your support, advice & concern yesterday, it really helped me feel less alone.
Hope you all have a good day today