Monday, 29 September 2014

My Big Girl and I, Part 2

This is my last Monday with only Ella while Lucy is in nursery. Then it's back to normal from next week. So today I thought we'd do something that would be nigh on impossible with both of them and that (more importantly) Ella would get the most out of...

I've had this activity in mind for one of my Monday's with Ella ever since I discovered it a few weeks ago. And as daddy was here as well, it seemed a great opportunity to try it out. 

You'll know by now that Ella loves her trampoline and is very good at jumping properly and bounces whenever she can (including on the beds and sofa...).

With that in mind, today we paid a visit to  'Jump Nation'. It's basically a massive trampoline arena of 139 connected trampolines (including some semi vertical ones on the walls). Ella heaven!! 


The staff were great and were very accommodating, taking into account Ella's extra needs. They went through different options before we paid and offered to show us the arena so we could decide what was best.  We decided upon daddy being with her as a carer which was £2.50 - the price of a pair of trampoline socks (but he couldn't bounce, just supervise). The lady on reception said they were hoping to organise some sessions for children with special needs/disabilities and she recognised Ella was using makaton which always wins brownie points with me!

So, kitted out in her jump nation socks, wristband and bright orange tabard off she went.


Our very own little 'Tigger'!!

They have an under 6's area cordoned off, which she spent all of about 5 minutes in before venturing out into the main arena with the teenagers and adults (this didn't surprise me at all!). Thankfully daddy was there to supervise while I had the hard job of sitting in the cafe with a latte and slice of carrot cake...

Unsurprisingly, she absolutely loved it. We're even contemplating Jump Nation as a certain little lady's 4th birthday party venue! 

All bounced out xx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

{Proud Moments} - September

There's this lovely little thing that happens on the 21st of every month in the 'Future of Downs' Facebook group. 

We celebrate our children's milestones and share what's made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome 21 present in Down's syndrome.

And there's no such thing as an achievement too small. There's a whole lot of love and pride bursting from the members every month - and quite rightly! From first finger feeding or first steps to first days at school or first sleepover with friends. Anything goes. 

So, I'm hoping this will be a regular post on the 21st of the month where I can share Ella and Lucy's recent achievements...

Ella's had a lot of change in the last few weeks with Ian working away and with starting her new nursery. But, in true Ella style she has taken it all in her stride, is loving nursery (post soon!) and although she still looks in our room every morning for daddy, she's happy with the explanation that he's at work in his helicopter. She's suddenly putting 2 and 3 words together much more naturally and is now holding her crayon properly when drawing. 


Lucy is now walking very confidently indoors and out. She also is a little chatterbox and continues to learn words and signs everyday. And she's ridiculously cheeky!

It's good to take a moment to appreciate the little things and to define what's made me proud. 

What will you share for the 21st? Feel free to leave your comments below xx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

My Big Girl and I, Part 1

To cut a long and rather boring story short, for the next few weeks Lucy is going to nursery on a Monday meaning I get a day a week with Ella by herself.

This Monday was our first day together.  After dropping Lucy off, we got home to greet the builders and to see the skip being delivered. 



Along with next door, we are squaring off the back of the house as it's currently 'L' shaped. Next doors is slightly more ambitious than ours (large kitchen/diner) but we will end up with a utility and a downstairs toilet when it's all finished.  Ella's enjoyed waving to the builders from the window and watching them dig, lay bricks and pour concrete.  

She then spent most of the morning sat at her table drawing.  She asked for the paper and got the crayons out of the cupboard by herself.  Lots of scribbling, drawing and concentration...




I've not known an activity hold Ella's attention for so long, or keep her so quiet.  And not having Lucy, I didn't know what to do with myself! So I got a cup of tea and sat and watched her.  She did ask me to join in and draw a face, but for the most part she was happy drawing by herself.  I noticed she has moved away from simple mark making to more of a colouring in action with some circles and other shapes - not just straight lines.  The way she holds the crayon is getting better too, using her fingers rather than her palm.  She's getting good with her colours now, as she named the colours of the crayons she was using (I had no idea she knew 'brown'!). 

After lunch, we headed to The Lowry at Salford Quays.  Our destination was the 'Here's one we made earlier' exhibition, all about the history (and future) of childrens' television broadcasting.  


We both had a great time, Ella spent ages reading books and playing with the soft toys in the ‘CBeebies’ window, she shook hands with a teletubby, met Gordon the Gopher, Morph, The Clangers and Bagpuss too!  






She enjoyed running through the exhibition space, which was fine as it was relatively quiet now it’s term time.  It was good to be able to let her loose and have a bit of freedom – you forget how much easier just having one child is!  

After the exhibition we went for a stroll through the shops and I treated Ella to a chocolate babyccino from Costa.  She helped to eat my cake too!

It was then time to collect Lucy, who had also had an exciting and fun-filled day with her friends.  

Even though they were both exhausted, Ella resisted bedtime to get in some more scribble time...


Now to decide where to go next Monday!...


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

I Heart my girl

Just a quick post. 

Ella had her yearly cardiac review today. It soon comes around! I know I've said this before, but it's still the appointment I worry about the most and the one I lose sleep over. I doubt that will ever change. 

Ella was a star, she waited and played nicely in the waiting room and didn't get too stressed having the tests done (thanks to the handy distraction of a Mr Tumble DVD and mummy posting chocolate buttons in her mouth during said tests!). 

We had left Lucy at nursery so I just had Ella with me. It was lovely to be able to spend time with just her and also to give her my undivided attention - something she very rarely gets.

After an ECG, ECHO and a quick chat with the doctor I am pleased to report that all is fine and we don't need to go back until February 2016! 



Go Ella! Xx


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