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....

Daniel...


 

Rosie...






































Theo...


Ella... - needs no introduction!





Lottie...




Henry...



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.

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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!

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