Wednesday, 21 January 2015

{Proud Moments} - January 2015

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. 

Ella is suddenly into jigsaws in a big way and can now put a simple 4-6 piece puzzle together by herself. 

And as I've watched her, I've seen her practice and utilise lots of different skills. Problem solving, being focused on a task, picture matching, patience, perseverece, hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. 

My proud moment for Lucy has been seeing her moved up into the toddler room at nursery, along with a few of her friends. She was beginning to rule the roost in the baby room so it was definitely time for her to move on. She's settling in well and making even more friends - she talked about 'Thomas' all the way home today! 






Monday, 19 January 2015

Living Arrows 2015 {3/52}

My East Coast American cousins will wonder what we're all so excited about this side of the pond... 

But we've had SNOW!! 

Not as much as they're used to but enough for a snowman (or two) and a few snowballs. It kept the whole family happy for a couple of hours! 

Lucy has never seen snow before and was a little wary to begin with. And yes, that is a tomato she's clutching - they were supposed to make up the snowmans mouth but we couldn't prise them out of her little hands... 







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From week 4 of #livingarrows, the weekly posts will be hosted on sister blog 'Lulu and The Bean' 
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Monday, 12 January 2015

Living Arrows 2015 {2/52}

This weekend I got to spend some time with just Ella while my mum looked after Lucy. An adventure with my big girl...

Her nursery had organised a trip to see 'We're going on a bear hunt' at The Lowry theatre. So we left the house early and headed to the tram to meet her friends. I have to confess this was what I was most excited about! Despite having lived in Manchester for nearly 15years I have only ever been on the tram once and that was just a quick hop across the city centre. To now be able to get a tram from South Manchester to Salford Quays is amazing. And Ella would have been more than happy to just sit on the tram (maybe we'll save that for another day!) she loved looking out of the window and pointing things out. 

It was really windy, cold and wet on Saturday and Ella was really good on the whole but had a little bit of a meltdown on the platform before we set off. The wind was so strong and I don't think she quite understood what was happening or where we were going. Other than that she sat well on the tram, listened really well to my instructions throughout the day and sat and got involved in the play for pretty much the whole hour it was on. I hadn't taken the pushchair with me as I knew the walking was short distances but it's still a gamble with Ella and what mood she's in! She can just decide to sit and not move/lie down/drag on your arm and not walk properly or just demand to be carried (not good for my back now she's so big). Thanks to Cath and Charlotte for helping me with hand holding, swinging and words of encouragement to Ella! 





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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Unexpected Thanks

I used to think I was a pretty organised person. As the years have progressed and I now have more responsibilities (and less time) I am slowly coming around to the realisation that how organised I think I am and how organised I actually am are two completely different things... 


And at Christmas I pre-empted my state of disorganisation and decided I didn't have the time (or the energy) to write and send Christmas cards this year. But I didn't want to do nothing so I chose to make a small donation to a charity instead. 



Knowing that there were lots of families across the country with a child poorly in hospital I chose to donate to Ronald Macdonald House Charities.  Ronald Macdonald House provided us with the facilities to stay close to Ella when she had her heart surgery at Alder Hey and when she was poorly afterwards.  I will never forget that week as long as I live and will always be thankful to the whole team at Alder Hey who looked after us and so many families that we know.  It made such a difference knowing we had a room, space to talk and (for me especially) somewhere to go, as I found being with Ella on ITU particularly hard.


It's never easy having a poorly child, but it's somehow even more difficult at Christmas.  We are lucky that we had both our girls healthy and home with us, which was unfortunately not the case for so many families. As Christmas approached, my thoughts were with all the parents and children that RMHC was helping. The charity that enables families to be together whilst continuing their great work providing 'A Home away from Home'. 

So I gladly donated my £25 and didn't really think much more of it. Until today when I received a personal and handwritten thank you card from the charity...



It's made my day!








Monday, 5 January 2015

Living Arrows 2015 {1/52}

Thought I'd start off this years Living Arrows project with some pictures of both girls, so I can look back at the end of the year and see how they have grown and changed.

Here's my biggest girl who just wanted to stay up late to practice her threading... 

Who am I to say 'no' to this face?...




And Lucy, who's favourite spot is on the sofa in the bay window, usually standing and looking out while giving us a running commentary of what is going past the window...


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