Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Little mover

 Nothing is safe any more! 

I knew this time would come but I've become a little complacent having had a non-mobile baby for so long.  Everything now has to be moved up a level out of the reach of small hands...  It's a big learning curve (for me not Ella!).  Even strapped into her pushchair she today managed to empty the contents of the chemists shelf onto the floor as I had left her in reaching distance of the items on the shelf.  So there I was, on my hands and knees in the packed chemist picking up boxes of Immodium instants off the floor... 

Babies with Down's Syndrome are generally born with low muscle tone (hypotonia) which makes them quite floppy.  This means that it takes them longer to roll, lift their heads up, sit, crawl or walk  than other children.  Add a heart defect and major heart surgery on top of that and it can really delay a child's physical development.   This is why physiotherapy is important in helping babies with Down's Syndrome improve muscle tone and develop their motor skills.  

I have had it in my head all along that Ella would possibly be walking by the time she was 2.5 years old.  This may still be the case but we have been surprised by the sudden leap in her physical skills.  So, maybe my wish that she will walk before her second birthday could happen?  If there is one thing that Ella has taught me it is that anything is possible... 

So, after weeks of trying, Ella is now crawling! It's almost a proper 4-point crawl (she uses one knee and one foot...).  The commando crawl has most definitely been forgotten...


She is also pulling to stand on furniture, boxes, me (anything really) and beginning to cruise....


I have to confess to getting a little emotional when she started to take steps with her walker the other evening - she does need a little help from mummy and daddy for now but I have no doubt that her determined/independent streak means she'll soon be confident enough to go it alone. 

She was very proud of herself too (and so she should be)...




As Ella's newest word is Duck ('Du') we made the most of the (short-lived) good weather and went to feed the ducks.  Ella had a lovely time and enjoyed throwing bread...










We also went on the swings...



I will leave you with some pictures of Ella & her friend Daniel having fun in the ball pool...




I am off to baby-proof the house! xx





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