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So where do we put the star of the show?

Chris Evans | 10:53 UK time, Friday, 13 February 2009

Just loaded up the car and...

...because of all the pressies, there's hardly any room for the wee one.

He is good to go though so I'm sure we can squeeze him in somewhere. Noah had his final weigh "out" this morning, he's been foot printed, had the general full once over and even found his voice. Yes, he has finally cried!

Mum has moved on from producing semi-skimmed to the full fat version of Noah food and as a result experienced the "milk shakes," for most of the night. A bizarre phenomenon that ladies have to go through when their body becomes a full-on food factory for the first time.

So, fuelled up, in all senses of the term and it's time to hit the road.

Once again can I thank you for all the ridiculously kind, warm and generous messages the three of us have received over the last week. I promise you we have read every single e-mail and blog post together.

One more snap,

His latest gift from our former boss the great Lesley D who came to see him this morning,

Noah's baby clothes

Rock and roll all the way Noah, come on let's go. Buckle up the ride starts here.





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  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Chris, Tash and Noah

    Have a safe journey home and a fun first weekend together.

    Sending lots of love to you all


  • Comment number 2.


    Greetings Ter CLP And ALL Reading This......

    Bingo Star ere.......

    Can a just take this opportunity ter wish Gingembre AND me Father on the 13th, AND a DAMN Fridee...... unlucky for some but noot all........

    A VERY LARGE 'APPY BIRTHDEE IN ALL AREAS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Damn aquarians everywhere lately!!!!!

    GOURANGA Ter ALL.... especially Birthdeeians!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Comment number 3.

    A gotta #2!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YES..... exciting.... now a can read CLP's new blog.........

  • Comment number 4.


    You have just planted the most enormous smile on my chops, and for that, I thank you!

    Drive carefully. And remember - all the years of being an on-call kiddie-cab will be repaid in approx 2027 when Noah can then look after his old dad and drive him home from the pub!!

    Much love to all of you.

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 5.

    This is not the journey home , its the beginning of a wee ones journey of life.... Whishing him and you all the very best

  • Comment number 6.

    Safe journey home.

    Enjoy a weekend together, no doubt with a few visitors thrown in.

    Chris, take some time to walk him around the car collection....It's never to early.

    Might be a bit young for his first flight mind!

    Wow, what a life that boy's got ahead of him....and Noah....

    Ripples x

  • Comment number 7.


    I was on the old blog too.

    You crack me up.


  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Chris,

    Safe journey home guys xx Take care Natasha xx

    Chris - I would like to thank the Evans clan for their contribution to Scottish rugby - we need all the help we can get! I will be cheering on your boys at the weekend.

    So glad is Friday - weekend of footy and rugby, brilliant!

    Have a good weekend all!

    Happy birthday Rosie xx

    Mary xx

  • Comment number 9.

    The first few weeks are very special make the most of them.

    Actually make the most of it all because as everyone says it flys by

    Diva - The taxi payback hasn't worked for me he is 23 and hasn't learned to drive!!

  • Comment number 10.

    ARF:: **IT'S GOOD NEWS WEEK** by Hedgehoppers Anonymous

    ...please Chris!
    Thanks SylviaB

  • Comment number 11.

    Safe journey to you all. Have a wonderful weekend together.

    Oh I remember my daughter getting the shakes, we gave her tea with lots of sugar. And lots of cuddles.

    Samantha sends her love and best wishes too.

    Hellen and Norman x

  • Comment number 12.

    Wishing you a safe journey home and bon voyage as you set off on the journey of family life!

    Glad baby Noah has found his voice!

    Love the little vests and hat - what a thoughtful gift!

    A x

  • Comment number 13.

    CLP, Tash And Noah.........

    If yer in yer 430 CLP, no damn wonder yuv goot no room, only a 2 seater!!!! - (joking of course) (bet yer noot in yer 430 terdee)

    Ave a good trip 'ome Tash And Noah!!!!!

    PS Milk Shakes..... A waz gonna joke about McD's shakes vanilla and chocolate, but dangerous area so i'll keep stum!!!!!!!!

    'ave a nice weekend all.... especially The Noah!!!!


  • Comment number 14.

    Damn it.... ave goot #13 on the Fridee the 13th..... a bad omen for me maybe???

  • Comment number 15.

    Happy safe journey home, can imagine how content you both are..........

    All's well in our world today as well, its blooming cold here. The fire is on and the cats are asleep in front of it.

    Many Happy Returns Gingembre enjoy your special day, bet you don't look a day older than 39!

    My ARF is, It's A Beautiful Day by Queen

    Missy xxxxxxx

  • Comment number 16.

    Diddy-Doddy - when's his birthday? Driving lesson vouchers perhaps??

    x x x

  • Comment number 17.


    PS - Schastleeeeeeeeeviy Den' svetogo Valentina!!! (Happy Valentines Day!!! in russian) Ter ALL Beauitful (kraseeeeeeeeviy) Ladies Of..... THE WORLD......... Kissy!!!!!...... Kissy!!!!! (Tseluyu!!!!!) From The Bingo aka UK Love God!!!!!!!!@!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Ave been getting advice from The Sir Tom when a met 'im yer see)


  • Comment number 18.

    One last time.........


  • Comment number 19.


  • Comment number 20.

    Diva - tried that - Gave him money to start lesons on his 17th birthday - not interested.

    The walking is good for him!!


  • Comment number 21.

    Oh well back ter me prunes and custard for lunch!!!!!

  • Comment number 22.

    CtD - The smile on your chops... abet Pandora Panacea would like yer chub yer chops!!!!!!!

    Rips - Sorry if ave caused any damage cracking you up.... brings back bad memories of a visit ter the Wedgewood pottery factory in Stoke!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 23.

    Drive careful Lord Christophe Of Evans!!

    You have to sit with him in the Ferrari.

    I bet it'll bring a tear to your eye.

    4 days old and sat in an Italian chick magnet with the old man. More than cool.

    Bingo, you are a truly great crazy person.


  • Comment number 24.

    So good to hear the lovely family are on their way home. Exciting and scary all at once. Enjoy every moment - even those night feeds!
    Mizzdarcey - I not only remember all you wrote (ie lying on tummy etc) but hubby wasn't allowed at the birth and evening visiting was for daddy's only! Babies were fed by nurses during the night in the nursery and were finally brought into the ward for their 6.00am feed! We also had to do exercises before an hours rest on the bed in the afternoon, baby was again moved to the nursery during this time. The rest was great but what a shock when we went home!
    Thank goodness all that changed and my grandsons, like Noah, came into a much more relaxed environment. Bonding and being mum and dad from the moment of birth has got to be best.

    Good luck to Mummy, Daddy and son x

  • Comment number 25.

    Have a good trip home Noah - keep practicing the crying!

    Happy 40th Gingembre.


  • Comment number 26.


    Is it Rosie Roo's Birthdee too???????

    ROSIE ROO - BIG 'APPY BIRTHDEE TER YOU..... TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Anymore DAMN birthdee's while am ere??????

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Chris and all bloggers

    Loving the blog...
    And loving the new baby stuff. memories.. Enjoy the home coming .

    How about "Here comes the sun" for ARF?

    Happy Friday one and all


  • Comment number 28.

    Tobesterr - Thanks, brings back 'appy memories of a meeting with me shrink..... and am noot talkin' me dry cleaners!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 29.

    Home at last now - you two can get to know darling Noah in his own home with his mum and dad.

  • Comment number 30.

    How exciting for you all CLP. Bet you take him for a tour of his new home as soon as you get in.

    Loving those little vests so cute. You are going to have such a special weekend!


    x x x

  • Comment number 31.

    Mornin' all
    here we all are bloggers new and old, has this been a super whizz-bang week on here or wot!
    I've not posted much lately as think I would just be saying same as everyone else, or maybe I've come over all shy?
    There's a first time for evryfing!

    Anyhoo, Indian with plenty of red liquid this evening with georgus geezer.

    Cheryl, glad you're sounding (reading) like you're on the mend from nasty cold thing.

    I'm not understanding yesterday's Jellybabygate problem, but personally it's the green 'uns that do it for me.

    Oh yeh by the way ITS FRIDAY, I'M (STILL) IN LOVE!!

  • Comment number 32.

    Thanks Nicki-Noos

    I love the green ones! And green fuit pastels. And green fruit gums.

    I'm in love too Nicki. Good innit!?


  • Comment number 33.

    Hi Chris and Tash,

    Congrats on your little bundle of joy, he look soooooo sweet.xx

    ARF: should go to you chris as it's your special week you choose.


    P.s. How cool are thouse vest's......

  • Comment number 34.

    And green Opal Fruits or whatever they're called these days ....

  • Comment number 35.

    Ahhhhhh... You can get great AB/CD tee-shirts you know. Cracking, they are.

    Enjoy this weekend - when I brought my Little Legs home and had him sat in his car seat right in the middle of the lounge the overwhelming feeling of 'What the devil do we do know?!' is perhaps the most exciting, daunting, exhilirating moment ever!

    As for ARF, well as far as I'm concerned,it most definitely has to be...

    Baby, I Love You by The Ramones!

    I know you've Joey-ed it up all week, but this would be quite simply perfect.

    With lots of warm fuzzy loveliness to your Noah, my Noah and all Noah's everywhere,

    Phoobin xx

  • Comment number 36.

    Aaah bless.

    But listen up, Lambie-Pie and Tash. Enjoy it while you can.

    Because in approx. 10 minutes it'll be himself in the drivin' seat and yous two strapped in the back. Or worse, screamin' instructions from the passenger seat with your foot goin' through the floor as you hurtle towards a mini-roundabout in a scene straight outa the Dukes of Hazzard.

    And if you do get 'im in the passenger seat, 'e'll be indicatin' for you, fiddlin' with the radio and marvelling that you ever passed your test in the first place.

    Ah yes. Trust me. 10 minutes. And if you're anything like the rest of us, you wouldn't change it or him for the world.

    Safe home. That there is precious cargo.


  • Comment number 37.

    Aren't they called Star..... Summink, should left them as they were causing no one any harm.

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi-de hi peeps

    ARF - Little bitty pretty one by Thurston Harris
    Johnny Walker played it this morning it's so chirpy and infectious - and you can call little boy babies pretty, can't you?

    Hope to catch up with you all later.
    Crumpy xx

  • Comment number 39.

    They're called Starbusts now.

  • Comment number 40.

    Burst Nicki. Burst.

    Not you personally ..... Starburst.

    And no, they weren't harming anyone or anything in their former lives as Opal Fruits. Just minding their own confectionery business.

    The red ones are vile.

    Orange Smarties all the way!!!

    Oh dear. Methinks I've had too much lemsip!


  • Comment number 41.

    Oh yes. I was going to suggest for ARF.

    Won't say Beautiful Boy again because I'm borin' meself now, so....

    Another Feb.10th. birthday boy.

    Jimmy Durante.

    Make Someone Happy.


  • Comment number 42.

    Happy Friday everyone, it's all on the down hill now til the weekend which is brilliant.

    CLP and Tash, safe journey home and enjoy settling into family life in your own surroundings and get to know each other properly.

    Look forward to hearing stories of Noah's antics over the years as he grows up.

    God bless, have a lovely weekend and how about

    Queen don't stop me now for ARF?


  • Comment number 43.

    Aren't they Starburst?

    Anyone remember Spangles/
    If you bit then they were sharp and could cut your tongue!

  • Comment number 44.

    Huge congratulations on the safe arrival of your beautiful baby son. Enjoy him every minute you can, they grow up far too quickly! My daughter is expecting her first baby in july, I'm sure I don't need to say how excited we all are, is just a pity they now live in Auckland!
    Thanks for fab shows - the best.
    Love to you all,
    GlowingThunderthighs xoxo

  • Comment number 45.

    Green Spangles!!! Yeeeeeeeeeees!

    And the lemonade flavoured ones. And yes, a cut tongue.


    Cider ice lollies?? Remember those???

  • Comment number 46.

    To the three of you safe journey home. Too many songs to choose from so I am looking forward to hearing your choice. Hope Minnie has got the champs on ice!!!
    Take care

  • Comment number 47.

    Chris and Tash,

    I can only wish you all the happiness in the world, now that you have Noah home. What an incredible experience lies ahead.

    And Clodagh is right - 10 mins, tops. Even though you won't believe that when are pacing the floor at 3am!

    Lots of love to the three of you.

    C xx

  • Comment number 48.

    Diva I DO remember cider ice lollies - they always melted faster than any other kind.
    I was convinced it was because of the alcohol and if I had more than one, I used to think I would get drunk!

    If only it was that easy ....!

  • Comment number 49.

    MASSIVE CONGRATS and bonne chance with it all. There is literally nothing like the experience you are about to go through, amazing is the word. Well Done to both of you, you are very clever people - you made another human bean. Especially though to Natasha who has literally performed a miracle. Enjoy him as it goes like a flash. Much love & best wishes


  • Comment number 50.

    Could I ask a small favour? Hope that you don't mind.

    Went to the docs on Tuesday and all she wanted to do was give me anti-depressants. Didn't discuss anything else and she wasn't interested.

    Has anyone got any ideas on natural ones, or anything that helps besides perscribed anti-depressants?

    Just a thought :-)

    Oh and regarding ice lollies, LM is into mini milks at the moment as I'm sure that they have shrunk them just like everything else. Have you seen the size of wagon wheels these days?


    x x x

  • Comment number 51.


    If you're as much of a lightweight as I am nowadays.
    It would be that easy!

    ARF...Paul Weller - Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea!

    Ripples x

  • Comment number 52.

    Dear Chris and Tash,
    all the best for you all on your first day home, my little girl has just turned one, and i can't believe how it has flown. I know everyone tells you that but it really does,
    enjoy every second, you already sound like you are and you sound like you will be fantastic parents, lucky Noah and lucky you.
    thanks so much for sharing all of this with us, it's so lovely to hear
    God bless you all,
    Lucy, Daniel and Baby Beatrice xx

  • Comment number 53.

    What about Rescue Remedy? I think that's just herbs etc.
    C xx

  • Comment number 54.

    Crumpy - could we not get sozzled on cider ice lollies then? Drats. Maybe I was just a naturally ditzy child!!

    Everything has shrunk over the years Deb. Everything!

    Anyone want a Jaffa Cake?

  • Comment number 55.

    I am if it's wine but I think Diva and I are in agreement that G&Ts are the drink of choice for 'a session' as they don't give me a hangover.

  • Comment number 56.


    Haha tanks.

    but ssshh. It can be our secret.


  • Comment number 57.

    Congrats to you all! Enjoy every moment - they are all precious x

  • Comment number 58.

    Thanks for the tip Crumpy, have tried it before but don't think that it works on me.

  • Comment number 59.

    SK played that Jimmy Durante song on Showtime this morning, fab innit?

    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 60.

    Have a very safe journey home.

    Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful experience with us all - the pics of Noah are fantastic! Welcome to the world of parenting - and once again heaps of congratulations to you all.

    Big X's to Noah


  • Comment number 61.

    Just goog'ed it and they recommend St Johns Wort? Might be worth a go rather than chemicals?

    Tiggs xx

    Hope Mum's ok now

  • Comment number 62.

    Thanks to Ripps- Chrissie- Tins and anyone else that's told me to go enjoy HK I promise to my very bestest and I'll let you know all about it on my return. Now.... do I really have to pack?


    PS... tutti fruiti and black jacks!

  • Comment number 63.

    I know this is old fashioned but does anyone know the postal address for Radio 2? Can't find it on the website.....
    Tiggs xxx

  • Comment number 64.

    Hello Tiggs!

    Have checked out St John's Wort it does seem ok but it interferes with a certain medication. And as lovely as Noah is, I don't want to be having any surprises myself!

    Mum isn't eating. She's in bed again today, took some Complan round for her earlier. She sounds awful. Thanks for asking Tiggs.

    x x x

  • Comment number 65.

    Deb - look up Agnas Castus on the web. Helped my psycho mate no end. She's half human now!!

    Crumpy - Bombay and Tonic all the way!!

    Lyndy - go pack girly!!

    Deev x x x

  • Comment number 66.

    Debbie C, may I suggest you go back to the doctor and ask to be referred to someone who can help you?

    I am fairly sure you have the right to ask to see a specialist if you are not happy with what your doctor is offering.

    You don't have to be heavy handed about it, just say that you dont want to take anti depresants, but you do want an answer to your particular problem


  • Comment number 67.

    ah, now that would be an issue Debs!
    Don't want a little 'un to join LM then?

    Hope Mum improves soon, fingers crossed for her!

    Tiggs xx

  • Comment number 68.

    BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA Map:

  • Comment number 69.

    Well hopefully you're all safely home now - and CLP hope you're coming back for the show??? Drive VERY carefully, it's hard not to go into dolly daydream mode when you're so happy. We're all saying thank you so much to each other but that's cool - Ill just say thank you once again to you, Tash and Noah for making this week so memorable and joyous for all of us. xx

    My exciting day ... just bought some screenwash, and am going to attempt to fill up my washers later ... ooooooooh!!!!!

    T xxx

  • Comment number 70.

    Ignore the MAP - cut n paste error!!

  • Comment number 71.

    Thanks CLP and family for generously sharing your pure honest joy and giving us all a great vibe to ride along on (a divine change from other headlines).

    Never blogged before but thought I'd do an ARF:

    The Ronettes - Baby, I love you

    All times are Lovecats - The Cure, Come up and make me smile - Steve Harley, but for another time maybe :o)

    Well done to the team for a great show every night. Radio 2 is great company for those of us that shirk at home. Rah.

  • Comment number 72.

    thanks Crumpy!
    I remembered the postcode but the rest was a blur!

    Tiggs xx

  • Comment number 73.


    Yes I heard it!! Bit spooky since I was debating suggesting it anyway.

    Lovely little tune indeed. I'm a big fan of Lovely Little Tunes.

    There's another Lovely Little Tune that I simply can't dredge up from anywhere, if you can find it, give it a listen, it'll bring a tear to your eye, won't be a dry seat in the house.

    It's from Mack and Mabel and it has to be the old version, years old, by Robert Preston. It's called "I Won't Send Roses", and if anybody here has a hubby or had a daddy like my Dear Departed, it'll get you right there.

    Hand on heart by the way, not the seat.


    PS. If anybody does find it, can you let me know? I have it on a little old fossilised tape somewhere...

  • Comment number 74.

    Good choice for ARF in light of todays news

    Tiggs xx

  • Comment number 75.

    Debs, just saw your post. My 'bible', the encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, recommends dietary changes - oats, (porridge, oat cakes etc), spinach, celery - oh and chamomile tea.

    To echo Diva, 4 x 500mg daily of evening primrose is also mentioned.


    T xxx

  • Comment number 76.

    Yet another gawjus tune, that's another fairly regular Showtime tune

    Tiggs xx

  • Comment number 77.

    Thanks Cheryl, have made a note, will look it up.

    Hellenbach1, yep I'm going to see someone else about it I think. She gave me a print out about this particular one and it totally scared me off. Side effects: possible anxiety......erm but that is what I would be taking them for?

    Tiggs, I would like another one but Mr Debbie totally doesn't. And to be honest it isn't a time to be thinking about it.

    Coincidence Tinsel.....you've just reminded me that I need to do the same! Ta.

    x x x

  • Comment number 78.

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    The outfits look lovely.

    Enjoy your first night together as a family in your home.

    Remember it like yesterday when i took my little one home had to keep getting up and looking into her cot just to makesure she was their.

    Looking forward to the show later will be able to listen from five today as boss is away but shhhh don't tell anyone incase they are listening.

    Have a fun filled weekend.


    P.S. Debbie i don't know if kalms would be any good i tried them when i was stressed out and they seemed to help and they are herbal. xx

  • Comment number 79.

    Ah great Tinsel, see that was the way I wanted to go. Was sure that diet would help somehow. Thanks.

    Off to make some chamomile tea right away.

    x x x

    PS: just thinking about LM's first day home.....the teen (he was 12 at the time) well his friends all knocked to see the baby within minutes of getting home. They were fascinated. Bless.

  • Comment number 80.

    Good to hear your off home and with the little one save with Mum i am sure you will enjoy having him in your house and start to get back to normal


    were about are you and how long have you been there i live near Stevenage????

  • Comment number 81.

    Look after the little man, I can see him becoming a style icon, the boy version of Suri Cruz at this rate with all those lovely pressies.

    Safe journey home to you all and look forward to the show tonight


  • Comment number 82.

    Debbie - It really annoys me that all GPs want to do is put you on tablets, I think talking to someone would be a far better idea, and a change of diet can't hurt can it? Maybe ask to see a different doctor?

    Take care,

    Em xx

  • Comment number 83.

    Your first weekend together as a family includes Valentine's Day. How cool is that?!

    Enjoy being togther snuggled in your family room.

    With best wishes

  • Comment number 84.


    Is it? Ah no, musta missed it; not here most of the time, see; anyway, I'd just like to get it, just to keep.

    Now Debbie.

    I'm not a doctor and wouldn't dream of saying this here, but..

    If the doc has suggested Prozac to you, please give it a go. It may or may not be right for you but please try it.

    I, like you, was very wary of anti-depressants, thiking they were 'tranquillizers' but they did the trick for me, and I wouldn't hesitate to use it again if I needed to. And I'm fairly certain it wasn't the placebo effect, as I truly didn't expect it to work, was just going through the motions. You should never take it long-term but then again, if it does the trick, you shouldn't need to.

    Sometimes the chemicals in our brain are messed up and compromised, and it's this imbalance that the drug is designed to address.

    Apart from this, please ask about the talking therapies. Counselling, the right sort, of course, is an excellent tool, and I'm guessing it will help you enormously. You seem to me, given what I've read, to drink in other peoples' guilt and issues, and that's not good. You need to talk to an impartial, professional person who will get to the bottom of this for you.

    You're a sweetie and it makes me feel sad for you when I read how bad you're feeling sometimes. I've been there. Still go there sometimes if I'm truthful. But now I can pull myself out of it; I'm lucky to have the GD unfailingly behind me, but you can do it.

    You can.

    Wishing you well.


  • Comment number 85.

    By the way, I'm not an advocate of drug therapy. It's just that some things do work, and that's one that can.

    And just a thought, Debs. The St. Johns' Wort. It can interfere with the contraceptive pill so watch that or it'll be a case of Be Careful What You Wish For....

    And the diet. Watch the refined carbs. Where you can, replace the white grains with brown, plenty green-leaf veg, etc.

    And for goodness' sake, if you drink Coke or diet drinks, ditch them immediately. Lethal.

    It's the blood-sugar being interfered with and messing up your serotonin levels that causes havoc.

    Sorry, this is sounding like right old lecture. But if it helps, I'm unapologetic. If it doesn't, well, it won't kill anyone.


  • Comment number 86.

    Hi Chris , so delighted for you and your wife and new baby boy, It is singularly the best thing that can happen in your life, With a 27 year old son and 24 year old daughter it has been the best thing ever in our lives.. They take a lot but give back a hell of a lot more....Love every minute with him, be close , time is precious ....he will thank you for it...

    Best Wishes

    Wii Elle

  • Comment number 87.

    Ooooooooooh Sally Traffic is on Jezza's show. God bless ya Sal ;-)


  • Comment number 88.

    Clodagh thank you.

    I've been in couselling, but my counsellor is retiring which I think is causing me some problems at the moment. A bit scared about trying to manage on my own.

    A few years ago I went to an Anxiety Management Group which helped massively. I'm going to dig out the information I was given then and read through it all again.

    You telling me that I can do it has brought tears to my eyes thank you for telling me that. I can do it can't I.

    Em thanks also. Am seeing someone different next Thursday.

    Sorry I've done it again haven't I? Won't go on about it anymore, just that all your opinions mean alot to me.

    Love you all loads

    Debbie x x x

  • Comment number 89.

    Debbie C - If yer feeling down.... my advice ter kick getting inter a depression.....

    #1 Don't take advice of bankers (ok joking ere)

    But seriously......

    # 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 plus.... Keep busy... lots of 'obbies keeps the mind active and stops uz drifting inter a lathargic depressive mind set.
    I know it's not easy if yer low or short of money but force yersen ter get out more.
    Join a yoga class - excellent for meditation and calming - many only 5 pound for 2 hours!
    Join the gym - A know it sounds awful if yuv noot been for years but seriously... exercising releases endorfins thingys majigs.... aka the 'appy chemicals in the brain... makes you feel stronger, fitter, sexier!!!!!
    Slowly if yer keep it up... yer become fitter!!!
    At school I waz the unfit kid at the back of the group in running... now a can outrun most at the gym on the mill of the tread!! (PS This bit iz noot an ego commentation on my part)
    Many gym memberships of the large chains only a tenner per week for unlimited use of all facilities including saunas, swimming pools, yoga/ fitness classes!!!!!!
    Even ave nusery facilities and child gyms!!!
    Also just a walk/ cycle in the countryside or even going for a dee out/ ride on the train ter somewhere of interest.... say York for example... a beautiful city right on the railway network!!!!
    Join a club of any sort, be it the church, something like golf or whatever floats yer boat.... a sailing club if yer want yer boat floated literally - know what am sayin'!!!!!

    'ope these few ideas 'elp Debbie... they really work for me!!!!!

    I try ter avoid anti-depressants if ever am down, and always 'ave, az they are a false remedy and yer can end up addicted ter them!!!!!
    Like a say above Deb, try making life changes iz the remedy.... a know it can be difficult if all around iz going wrong.... but force yersen Deb - IT REALLY WORKS!!!!!


    PS {{{{{{'ug}}}}}} from me!!!!!

  • Comment number 90.

    Really Clodagh? I am really interested in that. I wanted a natural way to get the old serotonin levels going. So blood sugar levels count.

    I don't drink coffee, not many fizzy drinks at all.

    I was thinking about taking fish oils or evening primrose.

    My diet is terrible, don't have breakfast and sometimes (mostly) so anxious that I don't eat all day. Then night time, stuff myself.

    Got a lot of work to do haven't I.

    x x x

  • Comment number 91.


    I fully endorse Clodagh's suggestions. I don't want to bore you with my history, but don't be afraid of medication - it will, in the short term, get you through. But don't rely on it completely.

    Once you start to cope better - 'cos feeling is something that can take a long time to get back - think about other strategies such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to support and then eventually replace your medication.

    It is a slow progress and may take some time to recover. There will be days along the way, and perhaps years in the future, when you struggle to manage but you will. Everything you have learned about yourself, all of your experiences, will pull you through.

    You clearly have the support of some amazing people on this forum. You are worth it. Go back to or change your doctor. Take a friend who cares with you. Let them be your voice, but please don't roll over. You can get through it.


    PiP xxx

  • Comment number 92.

    Debs -

    Evening primrose and a bowl of porridge in the morning - eat while your LM is having brekkie too, get into a routine, and then keep some oatcakes with you to nibble on.

    Clodagh, I'm with you on the anti-d's. As I've said before I truly believe they saved my life and I'm still on them at the moment. I THINK I'm fairly normal ;-).

    Re Night time, stuff myself - doesn't everyone?? Lovely evening of wine, crisps and jelly beans - perfect :-))

    You will get there Debs - you've acknowledged that you might need a bit of extra help and that's a HUGE step in the right direction xxx

  • Comment number 93.

    Just a quickie...

    CLP, you've made me all teary again! What an exciting journey the three of you are embarking upon.

    ARF - Radio Ga ga!!!

    Lots of smooches all,

    S xx.

    P.S Very Spring-like here today!

  • Comment number 94.

    See how much everyone loves you on here? I have no experience of depression (thankfully) but have seen eldest go through it and my baby sister so know it's not nice!
    Good to see all the support here, some really sound advice too.
    Good luck to you, I think part of the problem is admitting it's there which you have done

    Tiggs xx

  • Comment number 95.


    I speak as someone who has never been where you are now but I do know that diet can have a huge influence on how you feel, I am not for one minute saying it will solve your problems but its got to be worth a try. Try planning waht you will eat for each meal at the beginning of the day- it takes the effort out thinking what to eat when things get on top of you.Taking control of something always helps! I totally agree with Clodagh cola drinks etc are the worst!!

    I can understand that you only want to take 'natural' remedies but if they change your mood why is that different from taking 'unnatural' remedies prescribed by a doctor? If it works in the short term and gets you somewhere where you can sort things out without them then why not?

    Not sure I explained that very well.


  • Comment number 96.

    Bless you Bingo. You inspired me. Just called the local sports centre to ask about yoga classes, don't take calls until after 5pm so will try again later. Thanks mate.

    Thanks PiP, taking Mr Debbie with me next time I see someone (he doesn't know it yet mind)

    Tinsel, wine and crisps sounds pretty good to me!

    Do you reckon it would help if I moved away from this keyboard and did some housework?

    x x x

  • Comment number 97.

    Clodagh - I agree about the Coke drinks etc.... that's on similar line ter the exercising!!!

    Exercising blasts the chemicals around the body.... gets all of yer metabalism moving and blows away stagnancy that often causes depression!!!!

    The thought of going te rthe gym iz 'arder than doing it.... and doing it does bring so many benefits!!!!!

    Noot easy if yer very unfit but yer gotta try somewhere all!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 98.

    Debs - nooooooooo - housework???

    Unless that is you put the radio on REALLY loud and dance round the room to all the tunes, singing at the top of your voice while you dust and hoover!!

    T xxx

  • Comment number 99.

    Bingo, you're so right (as usual!!) re the exercising. Gardening is also brill for that - a bit of digging out in the fresh air, lovely.

    T x

  • Comment number 100.

    Debbie - TRY YOGA.... am tellin' yer.... good on yer Deb!!!!!!

    It's noot very demanding as a starter and 'alf of a yoga class isn't doing 'ard stretches but meditating - excellent for the mind and body!!!!


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