Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The bean is back!

It's been a long week.  Ella has been poorly with a virus, unsettled and off her food. She wouldn't even eat a yoghurt (this has never happened before!).  You wouldn't believe so much snot could come out of a nose so small :-(   


Thankfully, the bean is back.  Smiling, demanding, pointing, talking, playing and generally getting up to no good (like pulling the 'n' key off the laptop so I have to press twice as hard for it to work - sorry for any that are missing!).  


As the weather has been good, she's had lots of trips out on her trike including an evening lap around the neighbourhood.   It's fast becoming part part of her bedtime routine.  


Baby girl loves cars.  Now she can say it, even better!  Car parks, walking along the road, parked cars, moving cars... you get the picture.  


Pointing out the (many) cars on her evening stroll

You'll often find her heading for the front door where she likes to sit on the doorstep and wave at traffic or standing in the window where she also gets a good view...



Keeping her occupied while she was poorly was a hard job, but a few things helped...






As the week went on (and with the help of some antibiotics) she gradually got better, started eating and misbehaving again...






We have also been getting some sneak previews into what I think may be the 'terrible two's'.  Fist clenching, red faced frustration and getting very upset very quickly.... She's scary!....  

But not all the time (yet)...




Friday, 13 July 2012

Little Chatterbox!

Ella has really turned into a little chatterbox, she's always chatting away.  I was thinking yesterday how well she has begun to communicate.  She attempts a lot of words, has words she says consistently but I don't know what she means and there are words that I have heard her say once or twice but are not yet consistent.  And on top of her words there are her signs too.  

I decided to write down all of Ella's signs, words and emerging words to see where she was up to.

So today, I unleashed my inner primary school teacher and transformed the glass double doors in our living room into a display of Ella's words and signs.  The words can be moved around as she progresses and new words can be added very easily....






I have also downloaded the DownsEd See & Learn resources so we can start using the  activities and flashcards to gain better insight into what Ella understands.  

For those of you also with young children with DS the DownsEd resources are currently free and you can download them here. I have heard on the grapevine that they will soon be charging for them but you can download and save the resources for a later date.  


Now, I can't have a post without Ella making an appearance, so here she is on her trampoline in the garden yesterday:




Happy weekend everyone xx

Friday, 6 July 2012

Dirty feet, ducks and angel hair

Ella continues to want to be mobile.  She loves being on her feet or crawling but she prefers to walk (holding onto our hands) more than anything else...  Unfortunately, this means she has very grubby feet due to our carpets needing a good clean after all the recent work...



We spent a few days at Granny Karens and Ella has become a little more confident with the cats... think she would have chased after them if she could! Unlike last time...












She's always on the go, and her language continues to develop.  She attempts words but can't say them properly yet.  So far we have car, zoom, duck, Ella, star and Rosie (her doll)...  

She also needs a haircut as her unruly, thick angelic curls are in need of taming (but not too much)!...





Baby girl loves her baths... She will ask for soap, rub her hands together and then wash her tummy.   She also likes throwing her ducks into the water....










We will hopefully have her little bedroom ready soon, I am just in the middle of painting, then we need a carpet and curtains and she'll have a new room!  

Happy weekend everyone xx


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Little mover

 Nothing is safe any more! 

I knew this time would come but I've become a little complacent having had a non-mobile baby for so long.  Everything now has to be moved up a level out of the reach of small hands...  It's a big learning curve (for me not Ella!).  Even strapped into her pushchair she today managed to empty the contents of the chemists shelf onto the floor as I had left her in reaching distance of the items on the shelf.  So there I was, on my hands and knees in the packed chemist picking up boxes of Immodium instants off the floor... 

Babies with Down's Syndrome are generally born with low muscle tone (hypotonia) which makes them quite floppy.  This means that it takes them longer to roll, lift their heads up, sit, crawl or walk  than other children.  Add a heart defect and major heart surgery on top of that and it can really delay a child's physical development.   This is why physiotherapy is important in helping babies with Down's Syndrome improve muscle tone and develop their motor skills.  

I have had it in my head all along that Ella would possibly be walking by the time she was 2.5 years old.  This may still be the case but we have been surprised by the sudden leap in her physical skills.  So, maybe my wish that she will walk before her second birthday could happen?  If there is one thing that Ella has taught me it is that anything is possible... 

So, after weeks of trying, Ella is now crawling! It's almost a proper 4-point crawl (she uses one knee and one foot...).  The commando crawl has most definitely been forgotten...


She is also pulling to stand on furniture, boxes, me (anything really) and beginning to cruise....


I have to confess to getting a little emotional when she started to take steps with her walker the other evening - she does need a little help from mummy and daddy for now but I have no doubt that her determined/independent streak means she'll soon be confident enough to go it alone. 

She was very proud of herself too (and so she should be)...




As Ella's newest word is Duck ('Du') we made the most of the (short-lived) good weather and went to feed the ducks.  Ella had a lovely time and enjoyed throwing bread...










We also went on the swings...



I will leave you with some pictures of Ella & her friend Daniel having fun in the ball pool...




I am off to baby-proof the house! xx





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