Choosing places to go…

As J is my first child I cannot speak for all children or all parents. However, taking J out is hard work. I have to think about whether the place will be too crowded for J, whether it’s too noisy and will upset him with sensory overload, can he play safely where I don’t always…

St Davids Day: Creating Daffodils…

On Wednesday it is St Davids Day. This is the patron saint of Wales. I am half Welsh (my dad’s side) so thought that this year we’d make some daffodil pictures to celebrate. Daffodils are the national symbol for Wales. I don’t like ‘factory process’ crafts where everything is chosen for the child and they…

The wait…

It’s been 5 weeks since J Genetic Test but it’s felt more like 5 months. I don’t wish time away, but at the same time 6-8 weeks feels like forever when it may lead to life changing information. Does J have Fragile x? Does J have Autism? Is this all just J’s personality or is it my…

A Mothers Confession

I was talking to some Mummy’s today about how your expectations change so dramatically once you have a little one. So, I thought I’d write about what’s changed for me… 1. I’m going to be really dignified in labour… Reality: Labour was hard, and tiring and it f’ing hurt! I was induced and spent the…

Meet Ronald the Rhino

J and I are members of Twinkl. This is a fab resource website for families and teacher/education providers. I use Twinkl for my preschool and recently started to use my ‘mummy’ account to download bits for J. It saves me a lot of time and swearing at the computer, as the resources are ready to…

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…

Today is the last day of half term. Tomorrow I am back at work and J is back to preschool. We have had a lovely week off and decided to spend our last day at the beach. I thought we would use the opportunity to use action words (verbs). J has started to mimic the…

Dear Zoo…how to donate your child to the monkey enclosure!

Ok the title is a bit of false advertising, but J has hit the terrible 2’s with full force and gave me only 2hrs sleep last night so my energy reserve for ‘tantrum outbursts’ is running low today. Today we used the new PECS cards to explore Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We love this…

A Mothers Guilt…

I’ve written before about the guilt I can sometimes feel about J’s additional needs. Well today’s guilt is about my own feelings of ‘grief’. I know J is here and healthy and noisy and amazing, but there’s that part of me that mourns the child I had seen in my head and dreams whilst pregnant….

Valentines Day Blows…

So, we found some lovely fake rose petals in a ‘cheap and cheerful’ store near us. With Valentines Day coming up I thought we’d use these for a bit of a speech game. It takes a lot of tongue, cheek and lip movement to make sounds. With J not forming many words and only restricted…

Can you feed baby?

Today’s speech game is an understanding activity. Children usually develop understanding faster than speech. By developing J’s understanding skills I am giving him the tools for communicating. If J continues to be on-verbal than this will be in the form of sentence strips using his pecs. Either way, J needs to understand language in order…

My toddlers gambling addiction…

Today we went to spend the day with my niece and Mum (J’s cousin/Godmother and Grandma). We went to Planet Laser. Obviously J is too young for Laser games so me and my niece went to play whilst he enjoyed the machines with Grandma. I tried to keep to a budget. Toddlers in general aren’t cheap….

Signs and symbols…

Today was a fun day. It was a long day! J’s Early Years advisor came to see how he was settling in at preschool. She made some lovely comments of the developments she noticed since she last saw him.   After our long day at work/preschool we chilled with the iPad together on the sofa….