Friday, 28 December 2012

Ella's news...

Just managed to squeeze in one more update before the new year.  And I think it's a perfect post to end 2012 and welcome 2013 with...

I feel I must apologise for being so quiet recently.  I have neglected the blog, my emails, text messages and social events.  And the reason for this, I can now share with you...We are delighted to say we have news. 

Big, exciting, happy news...



Due May 24th 2013

For a long time after Ella was born, I often wondered if it would ever happen.  The thought of having another baby sat uneasily in my heart and my head for a long time.  They say time is a great healer....But Old Man Time has nothing on having Ella in your life.  She has taught me so much and I am a braver, stronger mummy and a better person because I have her.  I still have worries and uncertainties but I don't think they now differ to any other mum expecting a new baby.

Sorry to those of you we have seen recently and not told.  Due to Ella's little extra chromosome, we have had lots of decisions around ante-natal screening to make. Due to our results being a lot higher than we were expecting we decided to have an amniocentesis and to wait for the results (all ok so far) before sharing our news.  It's also becoming a little more obvious now too!


I will leave you with the words of the actress Sally Philips, who has a son with Down's Syndrome.  They have played on my mind since I read them many months ago and made me realise which scenario I wanted for us and more importantly, for Ella (She also touches on the reason why I chose 'A Different View' as the name for this blog...).  

"Either you say, “This child needs extra help so we’re going to devote everything to him.” Or you say, “This child needs siblings.” Both are equally good, but we felt there is a lot they can get from siblings, and vice versa. 

The siblings of special needs children are quite special. Absolutely accepting and totally loving, from birth.  

Someone who is different mentally and has a different way of seeing the world, is a wonderful trait. It’s a trait I wish there was another way of getting, but there isn't   And it does involve a degree of not having it fantastically easy..."

I have no doubt that Ella will be a wonderful big sister and take her new role in her stride. I can't wait to introduce her to her new baby sister next May. 


Hopefully more blog posts soon... Until then, have a happy weekend and a Happy New Year to you all xx














Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas is coming...

The run up to Christmas has begun and it's been busy already.  The tree is up, presents are being bought and wrapped, cranberry sauce is made and the turkey has been ordered...





Ella's Advent calendar


The Makaton charity contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if they could use the video of Ella signing 'star' in their on-line Christmas advent calendar.  I of course agreed and we waited patiently day by day, not knowing what number she would be.  We have learnt lots of new Christmas signs and Ella finally popped up on day 12... You can view the calendar using the link below...


Last Saturday was the South Manchester Down's Syndrome groups Christmas party and we had a lovely time catching up with everyone.  It was also good to meet new parents and their babies.

This time last year Ella and her friends were the youngest members of the group.  We were battling recurrent chest infections, Ella had her feeding tube and things like crawling, standing, talking and signing seemed a long way off...  What a difference a year makes! 



Fun in the sensory area with friends... 






Ella is most definitely more independent now and we really had to watch her. She disappeared numerous times - under the buffet table, through gaps in chairs and crawling off through the crowd at speed.  I had put her in a dress for the party which she was finding difficult to crawl in and was doing the 'legs straight walking with hands on the floor' manoeuvre  - until she found she could keep it out of the way by stuffing the hem into her mouth...  


She has suddenly become a very sociable and confident toddler, even when surrounded by lots of people she doesn't know.  She delighted the choir and audience by sitting at the choir leaders feet in the middle of the floor and copying the conducting actions (unfortunately I missed this due to talking to some new parents).  She spent the rest of the time stood on the floor in the middle of the stage looking up at the choir as they sang.



And then Santa arrived - I know she is still too young to understand who he is or what he represents but she enjoyed receiving her gift from him - he even got a high five...





We have also recently seen a huge increase in her understanding and use of signs and words.  She is copying new signs very well and then using them independently and in context.  Some of her newest ones are 'granny', 'Henry' and 'hot'.  She loves her music too, especially songs with actions...


I'm off to continue the Christmas preparations but if this is my last post before it arrives then a very Merry Christmas to you all xx










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