Friday, 24 October 2014

Sisters #4

Through the recent sleepless nights, two poorly girls, temperatures, tears (including mine!) and snot there have been lots of (mostly) lovely moments between my little ladies.  Seemingly small, trivial and fleeting things that don't mean very much on their own but when you add them all together they become much more significant...  

Lucy asking for Ella as soon as she wakes from her nap

Ella bringing Lucy her dummy when she's upset

Lucy stealing Ella's food at meal times after she's finished her own (Ella is a slow eater!) 

Playing together (normally consists of Ella quietly playing by herself and then Lucy sidling in shouting 'share' at her)

Arguing (well, lots of shouting 'No!' at one another and tears!)

Blowing raspberries together and giggling

Giggles as they (illegally) bounce on mummy and daddy's bed

Lucy shouting for Ella when she disappears upstairs

Ella giving Lucy her cat and snuggle  

Lucy asking for Ella all the way to nursery at home time

Ella asking For Lucy to be on the swing with her

Ella randomly giving Lucy kisses and cuddles 

Lucy turning off the TV while Ella's watching Mr Tumble

Ella washing Lucy's hair in the bath

Lucy copying her big sister and trying to walk down the stairs

Both wanting to be sat on my knee if the other one is

Reading a book together

Lucy charging in and breaking Ella's latest sticklebrick masterpiece

I'm loving watching their relationship and bond grow. My two little girls, sisters and friends xx






And as October is Down's Syndrome Awareness month, I'll leave you with a picture of my girls from this time last year...













Tuesday, 21 October 2014

{Proud Moments} - October 2014

There's a lovely little thing that happens 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! Proud moments happen everyday.  I'll be sharing ours on the 21st of each month. 

This month, (and following on from September's proud moments), we've had Ella's first recognisable picture.  She still loves to draw at any opportunity she gets.  At nursery, they have a box with a folder for each child's drawings so parents can take home with them.  I can tell which is Ella's slot from the other side of the playground - literally bursting with paintings and drawings...  She needs her own box!

So here's her first masterpiece...



She said 'pink' for the pink crayon she was holding and then 'look mummy, piiiig'.  It was a bit more defined before I managed to get a pic of it.  I had to prompt her to draw the legs, but she put them in the right place.   She's not drawn anything recognisable until now although she often tells me what she is making a picture of - 'horse' 'sailboat' and 'car' get mentioned a lot during her furious scribbling! Her speech is also improving at the moment (post soon) and she's started walking up and down the stairs instead of using her hands and knees.

Lucy has started being very assertive and very cheeky.  Answering back already (generally a 'NO!!' with a cheeky grin).  She's definitely going to be a very mischievous child, I just know it! It's really lovely to see her character and will developing (most of the time).  I've also noticed some imaginative play over the last couple of weeks, trying to dress baby or doing teddys nappy.  

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They suit her!



Monday, 6 October 2014

Pre-school begins

We are already 3 weeks into Ella's first term at pre-school.  Time is flying by!

And I'm happy to report that she seems to be loving it and has settled in really well.  I was able to drop her off on her first day and she happily left my side, making an immediate bee-line for the sand pit.  She already knows the nursery and the staff as she's been attending one of their opportunity groups since we moved to the area 2 years ago.  This has definitely helped with her transition into the nursery and feedback from the staff is that she is doing really well.  I had a lot of anxiety over this change for her.  It's a new era, a new setting and it also coincided with Ian working away.  Other than her waking once or twice during the night (very unusual for Ella) she seems her normal, happy self and has taken all the change in her stride.  Not that I'm worrying any less mind!  

I've been off this week so have been able to drop her off - she's correctly picked out her name off the board when she arrives and can almost find her peg to hang her coat on (although she's so keen to get into nursery that she just throws it at any peg as she charges in!).  And she knows where the nursery is too - every time we drive past the end of the road where it is, a little excited voice in the back seat pipes up 'Charnwood!'. 


I've shelved the attempt we tried over the summer at starting potty training. She's definitely lost interest for now so we will try again when everything has settled down a bit for her. I don't want to overload her and put her off. Having said that, she did manage to use the toilet once at nursery a couple of weeks ago and I was awoken at 5am yesterday morning to her crashing about in the bathroom putting her toilet seat onto the toilet saying 'wee wee, toilet'. She didn't do anything but we will keep trying when she asks and then go for it properly in a few weeks time.  I'm very keen to get her out of nappies, at her own pace obviously but it would be nice to have her dry (at least during the day) before she starts school next year. The other issue I have is changing her nappy out and about is now nigh on impossible as she is too big for the baby changing tables in public places. I don't think it's right or dignified for her to be changed on the floor or not in a toilet environment.  She will get there and I have lots of advice and experience from others to draw on, I just feel now is not the right time to be pushing it.

For now, she's concentrating on putting more words together and practicing pronunciations. She's started storytelling during her imaginative play and is also confidently walking up and down the stairs instead of on her hands and knees. Quite enough to be going on with! 



Happy Monday everyone xx

 





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