Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Living arrows 8/52 - in the picture

Since becoming a mum, I've taken hundreds (possibly thousands) of photos. Early days, baby firsts, special days, family, friends, funny moments, milestones. They are a lasting reminder of both our daughters time in this world. Looking through them the other evening, I began to realise something missing from the pictures I've taken and the memories I've captured. 

The pictures represent my memory of events, because I was the one behind the camera. In years to come, the girls could be forgiven for thinking I wasn't there at any of their achievements or celebrations! There are so few photos of me as a mum, so my mission from now on is to get in front of the camera with my girls more often....


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Adventures with Henry

On valentines day, Ella bought a friend home with her from nursery to stay for the weekend.  He came with a list of likes and dislikes, a diary for us to write in and he seemed to be a well behaved and polite little boy.

Meet Henry, the nursery doll... 

On Saturday, we took Henry on a trip to Manchesters Museum of Science and Industry. We had a great time playing and exploring, visiting the steam engines, making music and even got our picture taken with the brass band...

Henry enjoyed the Victorian dressing up box, sitting in the steam train, playing with Ella and having piggy backs in the rucksack.

On Sunday, we had a quieter day. Granny came for lunch, mummy cooked, daddy did some jobs and Ella had lots of time to play with Henry...

And she also liked to mother him. Lots of pretend play feeding, cleaning, putting him to bed and doing his nappy...

We had a lovely time with Henry and he's very welcome to come and stay again xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Living arrows 7/52 - one little pirate jumping on the bed!

I've had a tough week with Ella, she's been stroppy, defiant and shouting when she's tired, frustrated or things aren't going her way. Learning how to handle her when she's like this and trying to decipher what's wrong has been a steep learning curve for me. I do think although her speech is improving, she's reached the point where she wants to say more but can't and she gets cross - her understanding is so much better than her ability to tell me what the problem is at the moment. 

But we've had fun and smiles too. Here's some pics from when I caught my cheeky little pirate jumping on the bed! 

Happy Monday everyone xx

Monday, 10 February 2014

Living arrows - 6/52

Loving watching Ella and Lucy's relationship develop. Ella at times can be bossy, reluctant to share, rough and there's a little jealousy creeping in now too. Lucy is beginning to assert herself when Ella removes her toys or is too rough with her - letting her sister know she doesn't like something by doing this cross little shout at her! 

For the most part, Lucy adores her big sister and Ella still loves cuddling and mothering Lucy. 

My girls xx

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Adventures of Max the Dog & Ella the Princess

My brother and sister in law wrote a book for Ella a while ago. It features her as well as some beloved family pets (Max the dog and Gordon the cat). 

My brother has spent many hours and lots of hard work turning the book into an app for the iPad. It's priced at a very affordable £1.99 with 10% going to Alder Hey which is where Ella had her heart surgery back in 2011. 

The story, illustrations and animations are lovely and 'Ella the princess' was traced from a picture of Ella so it's lovely to see a character with Down's Syndrome in a book without it being mentioned or focused upon (the 'King' & 'Queen' may look kind of familiar as well...!). The story is engaging and easy to follow for younger children and the app narrates the story for you.

You can download the book for the iPad here:

Read more about Max here:

A big thank you to Uncle Tommy & Aunty Vicki xx

Monday, 3 February 2014

Living arrows 5/52

Ella...a million and one things before she is a child with Down's syndrome. 

Sister, daughter, friend, mischief maker, banana fiend, puddle splasher, bookworm, hairbrush hater, Mr Tumble's No 1 fan, trampoline jumper, climber, cat lover and makeup artist...

My Ella bean xx

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