Friday, 15 June 2012

Home is where the chaos is...

It's been a full four seasons since we moved to Didsbury from our city centre flat with a small baby.  We knew then we would only be there for a little over a year and the time has flown by. 

The new leaves once again appearing on 'Ella's tree' in the school playground at the end of the road signal that it's our time to move on...  

  
Number 47 will always be remembered as a house where we were happy.  The place we celebrated Ella's first birthday, where I felt safe and content at a vulnerable time and where we brought our girl home to after her heart surgery...   



Although I was sad to leave, I am excited about what will be in our new house... Our home. 

And so we are now moved and beginning to settle in...


It's in need of a lot of TLC but we are lucky enough to be able to make our own mark on the place and turn it into our home.  We were without hot water or heating for the first week but we are toasty warm now.  Still no kitchen so coping with microwave, kettle and fridge in the dining room and washing up in the bathroom sink. Novel for now but thankfully the kitchen is slowly getting there.  For now, home is most definitely where the chaos is!..

Looking forward to some warmer weather so we can get out in the garden more...


The garden has really surprised us and is a lovely space to spend time in.  When we looked round the house in February, there was nothing to see but a few snowdrops peeping through the frost.  Now the borders are bursting with colour and life.  Climbing roses, clematis, cornflowers, bluebells, geraniums.  A lovely, well established English garden...






Ella has been as adaptable as ever.  She seems to like her new house and so long as her toys and people she knows are around she is pretty happy anywhere.  I worried she would be unsettled but she has been fine.  Her room wont be ready for a while but she has taken up residence in the 2nd bedroom for now.  It will be nice when all the workmen have left and we can begin to enjoy the house properly.   

The removal of all the downstairs furniture 2 weeks before we actually moved out of the Didsbury house meant that Ella had a bigger play space and could move around more... And find new 'toys' to play with...





Since my last post of a month ago, Ella has come on a lot both physically and with her communication.  She is now able to sit up from lying down....



She can pull herself to stand on furniture and in her cot...

(the cot was lowered following this photo!)

Semi crawl/commando crawl...


Have a drink from her beaker by herself...



Unfortunately, with moving out of Manchester and into Stockport all of Ella's current services have had to change.  The play specialist has said goodbye to us (Ella would not be doing so well without the input and hard work from Jaqui over the last year).  We now fall under the Stockport Portage service. They will see Ella in nursery as well as at home and after meeting the service manager at a recent meeting at Ella's nursery I am feeling more positive about the change and that the transition will be as seamless as possible for Ella and not impact upon her development.

The physio, speech therapist and our GP will all change too which I knew would happen but there is always the worry that the NHS 'postcode lottery' will mean we may have to wait for services we were already getting or that service provision will differ.  Time will tell.

So, back to Ella and her news...She is suddenly using signs to ask for things rather than copying or not using them in context.  These are the signs she is using now:
  • More 
  • Food
  • Star (with word)
  • phone
  • hair dryer (points at hair dryer and then puts her hand to her hair)
  • Mr Tumble ('wind the bobbin' motion with her hands) 
Ella is also able to point at things she wants or where she wants to go.  I can see she is more frustrated now as she cant always communicate exactly what she wants but hopefully in time she will learn more signs and be able to 'say' more.  She has said 'car' on two occasions - once when we were getting in the car and the other when looking out of the window at cars, not consistent with it yet though.

She now knows what a star is (as opposed to just being able to do the sign when she hears someone say star or copying the sign).  Everywhere we see a star she does the sign and says the word ('tar').  She also surprised us this week by building a tower using blocks...


The move has taken over for now but we have managed some time in the sunshine, a night off for mummy and daddy to see Coldplay (awesome!) and time with friends and family.  



Thank you to all who helped us to move and those who have helped with our many (simultaneous and ongoing) DIY projects!  We are hoping to organise a BBQ/house warming soon...

(A selection of photos from my phone, all uploaded to instagram - follow me @albion52)

Hopefully wont be as long until the next post and I'll have unpacked a few more boxes by then. And who knows, I might have a kitchen too!...


Happy weekend everyone xx










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