Saturday, 29 October 2011

More teeth?

Nothing exciting this weekend, Ella has a temperature and is feeling generally sorry for herself.  Not sure if she is ill or if she is teething (I am certainly not putting my finger in her mouth to find out - learnt that lesson already!).  Lazy day today, here's hoping she's better tomorrow.

So, here are some pics from Tuesday when Ian's Aunt Hilary & Uncle Philip came to visit...

And here is my poorly bean.  Nothing for it but lots of cuddles, warm blankets, books and her bubble tube....

Baby girl has bad habits already...

 One of my favourites...

I have recently discovered baby pyjamas, very cute and no danger of spending ages pushing poppers together only to discover you've done it all wrong....

Will let you know if any new teeth appear, until then get well soon Ella xx

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Sensory fun!

During the summer, we started going to Poynton children's centre to a sensory session they ran for children with additional needs.  The equipment they have is fab and I think the hour is as beneficial to me as it is to Ella.  Caroline, who runs the group puts a lot of work and imagination into making each session different and engaging.  Ella particularly loves the bubble tube, rope lights and the foil blanket. 
Unfortunately, due to funding cuts (and the fact that Ella and I were often the only ones there) the sessions were discontinued after the summer holidays.

Much to my delight, I received an email saying a one-off session was to be held, with a view to starting the group again.  We went along, with Daniel and his mum Nicola. 

...Bubble tube

...Rope lights

...Foil blanket (Ella's favourite) 

...Daniel & Ella loved lying on the floor as we played peek-a-boo with the foil blanket

Here's hoping that the sessions start again soon.....

Sunday, 23 October 2011

That little extra something

Saturday was the monthly 'Chatterbox' meet-up for the South Manchester Down's Syndrome Support Group.  Although going for the first time all those months ago was a daunting prospect, it's become a highlight on our calendar over the last year and we now know several other families with babies who have Down's Syndrome in the area. 

The group provides crafts and activities for older children and siblings, singing and signing and the option of enrolling into Speech and Language groups. 

It's very rare that so many of us can all attend every month due to other committments but today I think we managed it.  Thought I would show off our gorgeous kiddies who all have that very special little extra something....





Ella... - needs no introduction!



Samuel (didn't get a pic of him), Ella, Rosie and Daniel have all had their heart surgery at Alder Hey within the last 5 months and have all recovered well.  We are hoping to organise a meet up for us all soon although with Lottie's sister Rose, Rosie's older brothers Harry & Jo and Theo's twin brother Isaac there are a fair few of us to co-ordinate....Us mums are going to have to be careful though - I did hear the dads mention 'pub' and 'daddy bonding'....

We spent the afternoon visiting our good friend Mike in Sale and went for a walk along the canal (forgot my camera...).  Beautiful weather and good company.


Then, quite late on Saturday I decided to do some baking.  Not done any for a while so I turned on the radio, gathered ingredients and spent some time perusing the recipe books.  I finally settled on some rich chocolate brownies which I knew would go down well at work the following day - a Sunday treat. 

For those who don't know, I used to be a regular baker of muffins, cakes and other sweet treats when I had more time (and energy).  Working on a busy ward makes the effort worth while as not a crumb survives. 

A senior nurse at our hospital once told me that the day-to-day running of our hospital (and the NHS in general) was down to the compassion, hard work and professionalism of the front-line (mostly junior) nurses that work on the wards.  I have come to realise that those nurses wouldn't do half as good a job as they do without cake!
(only joking - we do have a very hard working team - but no-one can deny, they do love their cake!).

 The brownies went down well.  It's nice to do that little bit extra once in a while.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Mothers

So, this is the 'something exciting' I alluded to earlier in the week...  We have been featured on another blog 'The Mothers'.

Take a look here...

Big thank you to Rebecca Lupton

(Photo's above taken by Rebecca Lupton as featured in the article)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Ella & Friends

This weekend we have installed Ella's forward facing car seat in the car and she loves it.  Will miss being able to transfer her straight from the car to the buggy in her car seat, but it will mean the pushchair will get more use!

Saturday was a glorious day.  The air was cool, definitely autumnal now and the sun sat lower in the clear blue sky. 

In the morning we had a visit from baby Katie.  Katie is the granddaughter of my mum's school friend Gill.  Her son Joe lives in Didsbury too (small world!) so mum and Gill (who were spending the day babysitting) walked over with her so we could meet her. 

Gorgeous girl!

All too soon, it was dinnertime and I had to leave for work.  Ella was spending the afternoon with Ian's mum visiting her Uncle Kim who is at University in Buxton.

On Sunday, we went to visit our friends Emma and Rob who have baby Henry.  We were put in touch with them when Ella was born by the South Manchester Down's Syndrome Support Group.  Emma and I met up regularly in those early months but it's got harder recently as we are both back at work.  We are lucky we have got to know such a lovely family, Ella & Henry will be friends for a long time to come.

Henry was 1 a few weeks ago so we went to take him his present and have a catch up.  Ella & Henry are still at an age where they are changing all the time so you notice a lot of differences in them in just a short time.  It was lovely to see Henry waving and clapping and standing so well.....

Handsome Boy!

Ella playing with items from Henry's sensory play basket

We will see them all again next week at the monthly South Manchester DS group meeting/playgroup, along with baby Rosie (doing well after her heart op - put on 10oz last week!), baby Daniel and baby Sam. 

Our friends Natalie & Jack visited us this afternoon, it was lovely to see them and have a catch up.  We will hopefully see Natalie for another trip to the cake shop soon....!

We have another busy week ahead; more visits to friends, a quiz at work, study days and something exciting which I will tell you about later in the week!

Happy Sunday everyone xx

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