Stress with no smoke is less stress!!

Hi all, I hope this finds you well...

It's my little boys birthday today! 8 years ago I went into labour and he was born at 15.22 on 14/6/2009.

He is nothing short of a miracle in so many ways after I was told I couldn't carry a child, long story.

My point: I have been quite stressed sorting out gifts, spending money I don't have and generally being alone doing this...

At this time (00.45) I would usually have had a good drink or three and smoked eleventy million fags trying to hold it together. I don't find these times easy at all.

I'm incredibly proud to say, no drink, NO SMOKE, and, despite my past reliance on cigarettes getting me through, my stress has actually been much less upsetting!!

Thanks for reading, I'm off to drift in dreams of my little ones face in the morning... I don't stink and my chest is all free... boom!!

Bests Jo x

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  • BOOM...BOOM...Jo..You are doing extremely well under difficult situations...Well done !!

    Tell that boy'tjie there is a Banana farmer in Mozambique who wishes him a very very happy birthtday and he must give his mom a big hug for she had come to her sences ...!!

    The happy face of a child is priceless !!!!!

  • Nice one mate πŸ‘

  • Cheers Telboy x

  • You've made our day!! Thank you beautiful Hercu 😊

  • well done Jo, your doing amazing!! Hope your wee man has a fantastic birthdayπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ˜πŸ˜

  • Aw that's so lovely, and likewise!! I'm so so grateful for the lovely, supportive people here, makes every bit of difference 😊 xx thank you, he's with dad for a bit now but cannot wait to get him hone later ❀️

  • Hey jobm1, great honest and heartfelt post, you can see alright all the love you have for your precious miracle son in your profile picture, he is a credit to you and now you being smoke free, you are a credit to him (hope you understand this Irish metaphor!)

    I 100% agree that I now deal with stress a lot more calmer smoke free, smoking definitely magnified it but we were too blind to see!

    Happy Birthday from all us to your son, hope he has a great day :)

    PS Hopefully I got the theme right for the cake?!

  • Beautiful, wonderful Roisin, you are another miracle!! I totally get the Irish metaphor πŸ˜„

    You've helped to change my, ergo our, lives... you're an extraordinary lady. Thank you so much from us both ❀️

    I wish we could get some baked goodies from you! Will imagine that delicious cake and YES!! Completely right! He dresses up regularly still!!

    Have a lovely and gentle evening 😊

  • Ps: I didn't really realise how much smoking took away from us. Time being the biggest thing. I never smoked in the house but the amount of time I wasted outside is dreadful! New beginnings here ☺️

  • Well done Jo. You've really turned a corner.

    I don't know where you are in the world bit tell your son I am sending MASSIVE Birthday wishes from Kent, UK. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

  • Aw thanks so much 😊 we're in Manchester, he's having a super extended birthday due to family and school so all wishes will be happily passed on and are very gratefully received x

    It was the oddest thing realising I was LESS stressed without a cigarette!! I'm using my e cig much less too.

    As always, well done to us all and many thanks πŸ™πŸ»

  • Hi Mushen,

    I wrote you a reply last night but it's gone! Ha!

    Thank you so much, couldn't have got this far without all of you here!!

    All birthday wishes gratefully accepted, we're in's a bit of an extended birthday too :) x

    Have a lovely day ☺️❀️

  • Birthday wishes to your son from Canada! Hope he's having a great one!


  • Thank you so much Lynn 😊😊 we've just finished party number two!! All bests xx

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