My plan was to catch up with time so to speak and fill you all in on the first 2 years of Ella’s life but unfortunately I haven’t managed it as yet.
In brief. Ella has been very healthy for the first 2 years. Physio, OT and SLT all kicked in very well. Saying that the next time the physio patted my arm and said “she will do it when she is ready” I wasn’t going to be responsible for my actions!!!! One thing the physio did tell me was that Ella wouldn’t walk before she was 2. Well my stubborn little Ella had other ideas. She took her first 5 unaided steps at the start of July – 6 weeks before her 2nd birthday. By the start of August she was literally walking everywhere. If she fell over she was straight up again.
Seemed to have a few issues with the SLT — she didn’t treat Ella as Ella she worked to a book and nothing could be taken out of order and the real cutting comment was “The gap between Ella and an 18 month is becoming more and more apparent” At the time I was so shocked but when I got over the shock I got straight onto the phone to her boss and made a complaint. No 2 kids develop at the same rate and therefore shouldn’t be compared.
Anyhow I know some parents were very emotional in the run up to their little ones 1st birthdays. I was fine for Ella’s first birthday but her 2nd I got very emotional. Not sure if pregnancy hormones played a part or not but the run up to and the morning of the party had me upset on several occasions. Even now I can’t put my finger on why I was upset. Ella had achieved so much in her first 2 years and we are so proud of her.
The day of her party went well I had a nap between making sandwiches and guests arriving. A very good friend made the cake and everyone had a great day.
Sept saw Ella start a special needs nursery; she still goes to the private day nursery 1.5 days a week. It was assumed she would go to the Sn; her physio put her name down at just 3 months old. At that stage we knew nothing about it.
The nursery has all the therapies under one roof and the programmes are supposed to be given to the key workers and they work on them as well. Ella settled in very well. Perhaps it’s me but I felt things moved very slowly at the start. I understand they have lots of kids to sort programmes out for but having been involved in all therapies and knowing what was happening I felt very out of the loop.
Really must work out how to add photos — have a lovely one of Ella in her uniform. Saying that as soon as Ella sees a camera she poses. I have no idea where that came from it definitely wasn’t me.
Latest paed appointment had both its ups and downs. On the negative side Ella hasn’t grown still only 77cm. Doc was concerned about thyroid so did bloods there and then. All came back normal. Gota go back again in January. Also had her seizure meds increased. There had been a couple of little jumps and we were concerned it was the seizures.
On the positive side the doc couldn’t believe how well Ella was walking, how her babbling was coming on and in general I was told she was a picture of health. That made me smile.
Ella has picked up more signs and noises. I know it quite often seems you are banging your head against a brick wall when it comes to signing but keep at it. Over the past 3/4 weeks Ella has been doing an extra 6/7 signs on a regular basis. I had focused a lot on animals before and out of the blue they are all coming through — Cow, chicken, duck, and pig.
Ella is amazed by my every expanding belly (now 38+3 weeks pregnant) she keeps poking it. I asked her if there was a baby in there and she responded with a very firm shake of her head and did the sign we use for spider when singing incy wincy spider. She has done this 4 times in the past 5 days.
Ok enough waffle for one night — well done if you have got this far. Really should re read for grammar etc but since last Thurs Ella has decided 5am is the new get up time and I’m knackered.