Our Neurodiverse Family 


It was only a few months ago that I even heard the following terms:  


And: 


After researching I found that the terms ‘Neurotypical’ and ‘Neurodiverse’ originated in the 1990s, but somehow, like other things had passed me by! 

These terms are often referred to when people are talking about Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or as some like to refer: Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC.) However the terms also refer to: 

“ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, bipolarity and other neurotypes as a natural human variation.” 

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurodiversity

I therefore decided to create the ‘Celebrate Neurodiversity’ logo using the Neurodiversity infinity symbol. I am happy that this symbol displays rainbow colours, as it represents the spectrum of ASD and diversity, as I definitely know that no people with Autism are the same. And we are also big fans of rainbows in our house, and what they represent – after the rain, there is sun and then a rainbow 🙂 It celebrates the positives of our diversity, what some people may view as a tragedy, I see as a celebration of: 

A “neurological diversity as inherently pathological, instead asserting that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status.” 

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurodiversity

I also: 

“view autism as a way of life rather than as a disease and thus advocate acceptance over a search for a cure.”

I don’t agree that Autism is ’caused’ by vaccines, or bad parenting, I do not believe that my daughter will “grow out of it” and I know this because at 34 I’ve never grown out of it, just learned how to cope and how to accept myself for who I am. I also don’t believe that being an “anxious mum,” makes any difference! My anxiety is only made worse by people who don’t believe what I am trying to get across! 

A fellow SEND blogger wrote a post for the Firefly Community about all of the things that parents have been told about their children, it’s very opening and I can relate to many of them, sadly. 

community.fireflyfriends.com

“The “acceptance perspective” endorsed by the movement is a view that autism is not a disorder, but a normal occurrence—an alternate variation in brain wiring or a less common expression of the human genome.[13]Advocates of this perspective believe that autism is a unique way of being that should be validated, supported and appreciated rather than shunned, discriminated against or eliminated.[13][15] They believe quirks and uniqueness of autistic individuals should be tolerated as the differences of any minority group should be tolerated.” 

Source: 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurodiversity


Our Family Dynamics

We want to celebrate our Neurodiverse family, even though there are many challenges, we are all about the positives 🙂 

Lou (5): 

I have noticed her sensory seeking since the age of 18 months, she has SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and Hypermobility, and currently being assessed under the ‘Umbrella Pathway’ which is the ASD assessment for the area where we live. Lou also displays traits of ADHD and PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance,) although I do wonder if the ADHD traits we see are all part of her SPD Sensory seeking, but her Paediatrician has said that they will assess her for ADHD when she is 6, so a year to wait! I have no idea how long the ASD assessment process will take, someone told me approximately 2 years! But we shall see! It is more difficult in Lou’s case as she ‘masks’ her difficulties at school, bottles up her frustrations and sensory overloads all day, and then ‘explodes’ like a shaken up bottle of pop once she reaches home. I am hearing more examples of how Lou is struggling more now the pressure has upped in her first year at school, she thrives on routine, but likes to do things on her own terms, so the free-flow system that Early Years classrooms allow, do suit her best. I do wonder how she will cope with the challenges of a year 1 classroom and SATS eventually! Lou is showing more anxieties now, she requires ‘fiddle toys’ to concentrate, and she’s been picking at her nails which require medical treatment. 

Lou has had genetic bloods taken and in August 2016, we were told that she has a genetic anomaly of “unknown significance.” In October 2016 both myself and Lou’s daddy also had genetic bloods to check if this anomaly is genetic or unique to Lou, the bloods were sent away to Birmingham and we’re still waiting for the results. 

Lou is funny, she likes to make people laugh, she is fantastic with numbers and her writing is coming along, she is the master of ‘messy play’ and sensory seeking! Her memory is fantastic and loves learning facts, her current favourite TV programme is called ‘Do you know’ (CBeebies) where children can find out about how things are made and how things work. She has a huge special interest in ‘Shopkins’ and the ‘Trolls’ from the movie. 


Moo (2) 

Moo is still so young, I’ve been noticing some sensory issues and seeking with her for a few months now but I’ve been worried about sharing them as I had such a negative experience with Lou, in terms of my parenting skills being blamed for her difficulties. However, I’ve now contacted the same health professional that knows all about Lou’s history as I am aware that the earlier the support is put into place the better. 

Lou went to our local hospital’s children’s clinic this week and it was found that she is hyper mobile just like her sister. We have been noticing since she starting walking at 15 months, that she walks with a slight bend to her legs and her left foot turns in and she is tripping over frequently. She has now been referred to Orthotics. 

Moo is already such an oral seeker, she wants to chew on items constantly, she gets very distressed when she cannot have access to something to chew, she will put items such as mud, sand, stones, crayons, and Play Dough into her mouth to chew on. We have to ensure that Lou’s Lego and beloved ‘Shopkins’ are put out of reach! She also likes to wear her coat and often hat indoors for hours, she thrives on constant contact, especially to me – which is the opposite to her sister! One of the most recent signs I’ve noticed is that Moo will place her hands over her ears when the hairdryer or Hoover are turned on and we recently went to the supermarket and she heard a high pitch beeping sound and got distressed and held her hands over her ears also. If her older sister is screaming, Moo will shake and literally climbs up my leg for comfort. 

Moo is also naturally funny, she is very loving and thrives on cuddles, she will place my hand onto her tummy to squeeze her for comfort, her speech is coming on a treat and we adore her curly red hair! She definitely is a girl who knows what she wants! Moo loves ‘Bing’ Bunny from CBeebies, Teletubbies and is a huge fan of ‘Mr Tumble,’ she is now using a few Makaton signs from watching. 

Mummy

Mummy (34) is the one who sat in a talk on Autism in September 2016 and thought “that’s me!” I used to feel ashamed of my differences, I always knew I wasn’t the same as most people around me, but I never quite knew why! I would describe myself now as ‘quirky’ but for most of my childhood and teenage years, thought myself weird and strange. I have masked my difficulties for my whole life and suddenly thought “I’m exhausted, I can’t do this anymore” so I went to my GP and now I have my Adult Assessment for Asperger’s in April 2017. I’ve been given so many different labels over the years so having a diagnosis would finally give me the release of all those questions over all those years! 

My biggest struggle at the moment is socially, I go through patches where I thrive and organise and arrange so much as I feel able to, then after as the pressure ups, or if I take on too much, I then withdraw and find it hard to cope in social situations and worry that people will find me odd and strange. I still have ‘sensory overloads’ especially in public and have to hold it all in in fear of embarrassment, if supermarkets are busy, loud and lights are bright and I feel closed in, I will forget what I’m in there for and head for the nearest exit! I am also still claustrophobic, if I can’t see a clear entrance or exit in a building I will panic, especially if someone is blocking my path and talking at me! Sensory overloads result in what look like ‘panic attacks’ for me these days and I usually save them up until I get home and explode! Just like Lou! 

For Autism Awareness The National Autistic Society have realised the following video: Make it Stop

It is such a good insight into how you feel if you are experiencing a sensory overload. 

Self confidence I’ve always struggled with so it’s difficult for me to explain what I’m good at! But here goes! I thrive on craft and art work, I love to express myself through creativity and writing, I can’t always express my feelings out loud but I can write it all down! I love my children and before they were born I struggled to understand how to have empathy for others, they have taught me so much ! I love being around children, I’ve always identified with children who have additional needs as I now have trained myself to think about how they may be feeling, especially if they have sensory issues, e.g if I see a child is distressed and cannot see why I will always think beyond and ask “is a label scratching you?” Some people may describe my methods as too empathic as I’ve heard so many times “your too soft” or “your wrapping them up in cotton wool,” but I challenge these people to put themselves in my head and see what I see and feel what I feel in terms of sensory issues, it has a huge effect on daily functioning! I do not see children as ‘naughty’ I’ve always identified that all behaviour has a reason and you just need to think ‘out of the box’ and not try to force children to conform! I know that not everyone will agree with me and I often clash with people! I like to help other people, something that I’ve also taught myself over time and enjoy doing 🙂 

Daddy

Daddy was educated in a SEN school in Somerset, in today’s terms (not the awful 1980s,) he would have been described as having GDD (Global Developmental Delay,) Learning Difficulties and severe Dyslexia. He was seen by many professionals and also had to wear supports for walking until past the age of 5. Professionals believed that he would never be able to lead an independent life, but he has been able to secure employment and now has a family of his own. 

Daddy teaches the girls all the practical stuff, it takes Mummy hours to put together a flat pack bread bin ! Daddy is the practical thinker, yet mummy looks too much behind the theory of stuff! Lou loves rough and tumble play so daddy is the best for this! Mummy hates it! Daddy makes us laugh so much! 

Not everyone understands our Neurodiverse family, I’m not unaware that people talk about us and comment on us, people may even joke about us 😦 

But we have to just concentrate on the 4 of us and try to block out any negative views or negativity, we are very lucky to have some lovely, supportive friends and family 🙂 

We are trying out absolute best, we can’t do anymore than that ~ everybody deserves to be happy ! 

Thanks for reading 🙂 

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I just thought I’d also add a fantastic piece of writing I’ve found this week from Faithmummy :  

Autism poem

Which shows the diversity of Autism and describes the many differences of my 2 children. 

2 Dairy and Egg Free Kids.

Lou loves to feed Moo ~ here is is giving her a fruit pot!

One thing that has applied to both my girls, is that from tiny babies, both were dairy intolerant. I’ve never really shared our story, or our journey to where we are today:
Lou’s Dairy and Egg free story.

Lou at a few days old

From Lou’s birth in March 2012, I noticed that she was a fairly ‘sicky baby.’ She found it difficult to keep her milk down and suffered terribly with Colic, so we used the various products on the market to help soothe this for her. Lou would only really be comforted if she was lying on her front and on someone’s chest like my own or her daddy’s. I took Lou to be weighed regularly as I did have concerns about her weight after the amount of milk that she couldn’t keep down. Luckily, her weight was always average for her age. 
When it was time to wean Lou, she was happy with foods such as sweet potato and banana, I thought that the addition of solids may reduce the amount of sickness, but it sadly didn’t, I then introduced yogurts and other dairy products to her diet from around 8-months-old. This is when I first noticed that there was a problem, as Lou would have up to 11 soiled nappies per day and would go through the nappy, vest and straight through her clothes, I had to throw away so many clothes due to this and I had carried about 5 outfit changes in her bag. With introducing egg products, such as scrambled egg, Lou would projectile vomit almost straight after it hit her stomach and came straight back out! Alarm bells were then ringing as I thought that “this isn’t right,” it is so difficult to know what to do and to not feel like your causing a fuss when it’s your first child. However, I then expressed my concerns with Lou’s health visitor, who suggested I try a Lactose-Free formula as she may be intolerant to lactose. I bought some tins from a high street retailer and couldn’t believe the price for the size of the tin! But this did reduce her nappies to 6 a day and I avoided egg altogether. For a baby of 9-months-old to still have 6 soiled nappies per day I still thought that it can’t be right. I then sought the advice of our GP who recognised that in fact, it was most likely an allergy to all dairy. The GP prescribed a formula called ‘Nutramigen,’ and advised to cut out all dairy products from Lou’s diet. An appointment to see a Dietician at our local hospital was also arranged. 

Lou at 10 months old

I soon noticed a huge improvement in Lou’s situation, the formula tasted fairly sour and I’d heard that some babies can reject it, but luckily Lou enjoyed it. I had a huge problem getting hold of the formula, it was like ‘Gold Dust’ and very difficult to order in as each small tin was fairly costly. I once waited from 3pm until 5pm for a delivery to come in as I was down to the last few scoops of the tin and Lou’s daddy had to come and take over with the waiting for the prescription whilst I got her home! 
When we saw the Dietician she was most helpful and we were given recipe ideas for dairy free meals and products that we could use as substitutes for dairy and egg. I soon became a ‘serial packet checker,’ it would take me twice as long to go around the supermarket, from checking the ingredients to ensure that no diary or milk products were included. Once Lou reached 12 months-old we were advised to try her with ‘Alpro Soya +1,’ milk that provided children with the right number of vitamins and minerals, however she was also intolerant to Soya and went back to around 6 soiled nappies per day, and we therefore cut this out. On a return visit to the dietician we were given information about the ‘Milk Ladder, where milk is slowly introduced back in the diet to check if the child can tolerate it at various stages or not. This started with baked products with milk in such as biscuits and cakes, then then in meals such as Shepherd’s Pie, Lasagne and then chocolate, yoghurt, cheese and lastly cow’s milk itself. We soon realised that Lou was more able to tolerate milk in baked products and she still suffered a reaction after eating yoghurts and chocolate, with the first sign of blotches appearing around her mouth. By the age of 3 Lou could tolerate yoghurts and cow’s milk in moderation but still suffered if eating any products containing egg, for example, quiche. We had to keep close observation on what Lou was eating at events such as parties. During Christmas 2015, Lou had lots of chocolate at the various events that went on over this time of year, we soon found that she was unable to tolerate dairy products once again. We had to start right back at the bottom of the ‘Milk Ladder’ and it took until August 2016 for her to tolerate dairy once again, we are very careful though, presently that she doesn’t over-load once again and struggle to tolerate dairy once again. 

For a copy of the ‘Milk Ladder’ document, please see here:

Cows Milk Allergy Guidelines 

Moo’s dairy and egg free story. (Just realised how ironic this header is!) 

Moo at a few days old

The day Moo was born I could tell that she was most likely intolerant to dairy, she couldn’t keep any milk down and I had only taken in around 10 bodysuits into hospital for her and had to make a frantic call to my sister to fetch some more. I noticed the symptoms straight away as I’d already been through it all before with Lou, but she was never this sick from so early on. I was getting worried about Moo’s weight gain as she continually brought milk back up, often just after the milk was hitting her stomach. I voiced my concerns with health professionals who suggested that I tried thicker formula to try and ensure that Moo kept it down, this did work at first but she became extremely constipated and I couldn’t stand to see the agony she was in. I kept it always in the back of my mind that I’d experienced this before, but we were in a different area with a different health visitor and different GP so it took until Moo was 3 months old for the recognition that Moo was also dairy intolerant. I repeatedly had to say “I’ve seen this before!” Moo was put onto Nutramigen as Lou had been a few years before, and we saw a massive improvement. We noticed that Moo was more prone to Eczema around her mouth and behind her arms and legs.

Moo when she started weaning at 6 months old

After weaning at 6 months old, we knew exactly the products to avoid and the best ones to use for dairy substitutes, such as Vitalite margarine. Moo was still suffering quite badly with Reflux, and she was then given sachets to include in her formula and meals, we then saw an improvement in her weight gain and she stopped using these sachets by her 1st birthday. We haven’t tried the milk ladder with Moo yet, the problem is that now we have 1 child who can tolerate dairy and one who can’t Lou sometimes forgets and will offer dairy products to Moo, and often Moo will eye up a chocolate biscuit and snatch it quickly! We have to ensure that Moo is offered a substitute when Lou is having a treat, such as dairy free milk buttons. 
We hope to introduce Moo to the Milk Ladder by the age of 2, and hopefully that she too, in time can gradually tolerate dairy products. 

Our favourite Dairy Free Products: 

Top left: Organix Rice Cakes, bottom left: Cow an Gate fruit pots (pack of 4.) Top right: Asda Free-from chocolate buttons, bottom right: Vitalite margarine – we use for spreading and cooking.

Oatly milk – we use as a drink, on cereal and in cooking and baking cakes 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂 

Magic Moments Linky 1/8/16

I’ve found a new Linky hosted by Jaime at http://theoliversmadhouse.co.uk

We had a magic moment with Lou and Moo only last Friday. As Lou isn’t a fan of hugs and people touching her unless it’s on her own terms, I was so happy when both girls wanted to sit on a bench together. I just had to snap the moment. I could see that my youngest, Moo (17 months) wasn’t keen that her sister had put her arm around her to keep her safe on the bench but this was a major step in Lou using her ‘kind hands’ with her sister. 

Thanks for reading 🙂 


5 favourite photos from July.

As July is coming to a close, I looked back on my 5 best photos from the month of July: 

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This is Moo at Lou’s sports day, she’s just learnt how to cover her eyes for ‘Peep-Po’ but it looks more like a reaction from the race results! 

2.

My action shot of Lou on a very hot and sunny visit to a local park.

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A very cheeky grin from a proud Lou as she’s learnt how to swing on her own!

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Lou and Moo are spending more time together, due to it being the summer hols, just had to capture this moment as both seemed reluctant but we’re making progress!

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My nature shot of the month – taken only yesterday during a visit to the park in my mum’s village, I just loved the orange and red tones in the field.

I’m not sure what the weather will be like for August but I’m looking forward to taking more photos to look back on next month.

Thanks for reading 🙂 

#saturdaysiblings 23/7/16

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It’s been a while since I submitted a Saturday siblings photo as there’s been so much going on! Things have calmed now as it’s the start of the summer hols and the girls will be spending more time together. I hope to continue to support their sibling bonding. This week they enjoyed the paddling pool with the hot weather we’ve had. Moo found Lou hilarious as she splashed the water about! 🙂 

5 favourite photos for June 

I thought I’d sum up the past month of June by sharing my 5 favourite photos.

A lot of focus for June was Sibling bonding, to continue to build a positive relationship between Lou and Moo. 

Here Lou is sharing her sensory seeking experiences with Moo in the sandpit.
We explored a park we hadn’t been to before. Lou and Moo explored the tractor together beautifully.
Moo explored my parents garden properly for the first time as she is now fully mobile! She enjoyed the little bike that was originally Lou’s.
We enjoyed a day out to Worcester Woods. Lou was fantastic at balancing along a tree trunk.
I enjoy taking various nature pictures, I captured the Poppies growing in a field in the village where we live.

I look forward to capturing some more lovely moments from July, especially as we move into the summer holidays! 

Extreme Jealousy

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Research series
Our experiences of sibling jealousy or Rivalry.

Sibling Rivalry
What is sibling rivalry?
“Sibling rivalry is the jealousy, competition and fighting between brothers and sisters.  It is a concern for almost all parents of two or more kids. Problems often start right after the birth of the second child.”

Source:

www.med.umich.edu

We didn’t tell Lou she was going to be a big sister until I was noticeably pregnant. At about 6 months pregnant we broke the news and soon noticed a change in her behaviour. Until Moo’s birth in March 2015 Lou was the only grandchild on my side, she was the apple of everyone’s eye and was used to an audience of people with their undivided attention on her.

When Moo was born Lou had little interest in looking at her when we first brought her home. Lou was given ‘Big Sister’ T- shirts and cards to make her special. People would ask her “have you got a baby sister?” “Are you a big sister?” And “what’s your baby sister’s name? Lou would change the subject and talk about something entirely different. Sometimes she would say “baby” but she wouldn’t say her actual name for at least 6 months after her birth. Lou’s behaviour at home was tricky, she would rock the moses basket rigorously and attempt to tip over the bouncer chair that Moo was sitting in. I literally couldn’t take my eyes off them for a second. Lou started to get angry and throw objects so I’d have to shut myself and Moo inside another room behind a stair gate. I would need to watch carefully as Lou would try and grab Moo’s tiny leg if I walked past with her. I tried everything to include her with helping with bathing and getting Moo dressed, fetching nappies etc, and helping to give a bottle, but there was little or no interest. I was told that Lou has started to draw her family, she said “there’s mummy, there’s daddy and that’s Maisie Moo” – finally saying her name, Moo was drawn in black and myself, daddy and Amber were coloured blue. Lou was toilet trained before Moo was born but she did regress once Moo arrived, she wanted to have a nappy on and be “changed like a baby” as she said. We also would get the sitting down in the middle of the path as there was jealousy of Moo being in a pushchair and Lou was a big girl walking. Not even the addition of a buggy board would convince her!

I did wonder if Lou would get better once she realised Moo was here to stay! She would try and sit across people that were holding Moo, even though everyone was careful to ensure that Lou wasn’t left out. She would say “my mummy” if I was giving Moo a cuddle or a bottle and would launch the bottle away across the room. When Moo got to the age where she started crawling I’d have to act as a referee as Lou would try and pull her legs and flip her over. She wouldn’t have a clue that she was hurting her sister, even if Moo cried. Once Moo started walking I’d hope the situation would improve but the rough-housing seems to be more frequent. I will start a game and Lou will just randomly try and pick Moo up and wants to drop her, I’m unsure what her motive with this is as if I try and talk about her feelings on hurting Moo she will change the subject onto something completely different.

It is heart melting to see some great sibling moments and we really praise for times like these, Lou has a kindness towards Moo which I’m trying to build on more each day, she will break a biscuit in half and say “look mummy I shared!” I am also building on a special time of each day where I have quality 1:1 time with Lou, usually during Moo’s nap time, where I have been including activities for Lou’s ‘Sensory Diet’ including a lot of tactile and messy play. I am currently going through having to reassure Moo when Lou approaches her as she is afraid that she’s going to get hurt if she even goes near her as it’s happening so frequently, I don’t want Moo to be afraid of her sibling so I’m working on Lou using ‘kind hands’ all the time. We are still in the early stages of this. It is with great hope that the 2 girls will grow to have a positive sibling relationship we hope they can eventually share a room without Lou constantly waking Moo up! I’ve had people ask me if they think that Lou’s difficulties wouldn’t be so prominent if we’d decided to have Moo later than a 3 year gap, I was quiet taken aback, but I do think the longer Lou would have had with us and the family alone, then the harder she would have found it to accept Moo as a part of the family. I just think she’s a child who finds it difficult to share us.

I found that ‘The Sibling Support Project’ provides support for siblings of children with health, developmental and mental health concerns:

www.siblingsupport.org

I also sourced some books about having a new baby in the family from our local library, which can also been bought online, such as from Amazon:

New baby book

New baby book

And a book for parents – another to add to my wish list which us ever – growing!

Sibling Rivary

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Spectrum Sunday

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This is my June offering for the

#siblingsproject.

Over the half term break we spent a lovely sunny afternoon at a local park that we’d not visited before. I am working on building a positive relationship between the girls, especially as Moo is now on the move and wants to follow her big sister everywhere!  

#siblingsproject

The Me and Mine Project

What makes me proud

I have always been a ‘glass half empty’ person. For some reason I always look at the negatives in every situation. It is somehow easy for me to write about things that go wrong or I find difficult. But this is a positive post. Somethings included may seem trivial, but it is my attempt to look at every positive, however small.

My two children themselves are the very positives in my life, I am ultimately proud of them, even at their 4 years and 15 months. They continue to make me smile every day, sometimes it’s tough but I never fail to find positives from their learning and humour.
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Lou is my lively 4 year old, she struggles to understand other people’s humour but she has the ability to make people laugh without even trying! She will dance along and copy dance moves from pop videos such as Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry.’ Who she calls “Justin Beaver!” She has a love – hate relationship with her younger sister Moo, she once told a friend: “Some people have cats, some people have dogs, I don’t have any pets – just Moo!” Lou never stops talking she doesn’t like silence, a bit like me! She has particular fascinations one being water, when she first started nursery she used to flood the bathroom area everyday with her fascination with turning taps on and placing her hands right under! This hasn’t changed at the age of 4 but at least I now understand that this is part of her ‘Sensory seeking.’

Lou has a fascination with time, she likes to go to the kitchen clock and tell us the time, I was amazed at how accurate she is saying “7 o’clock now mummy, it’s bedtime!” I was amazed and when she recognises “20 past 2 mummy,” even though it’s 20 minutes to 2 this is still amazing, I feel! But then I am biased! Lou also has a love of letter and numbers, she frequently recites the alphabet song and is already beginning to sound out letters such as ‘c-a-t’ I feel that when her anger and frustration doesn’t surface she can really enjoy learning.

Lou is a very friendly young lady, she says “hello” to anyone who walks past on the street she isn’t afraid to talk to people, which is very different to my extreme shyness as a child. I’d rather have her with a sprit than a pushover like I was! We do have to keep an eye on this over-friendly-ness, I don’t want to knock this quality out of her, but we’ve had support from our local children’s centre in terms of ‘Protective behaviours’ as she does have no awareness of ‘stranger danger.’ And can be over trusting.

Lou does struggle with knowing how to appropriately play with toys, often because she is distracted with Moo in the room, but she does have a great imagination and it’s great to catch this. She will often come to me and say: “I’ll be Ariel, and you be Prince Eric.” (From the little Mermaid.) One of us is frequently ‘Anna,’ and the other ‘Elsa,’ (Frozen.)
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Just the above image (where Lou is ‘reading’ Game of Thrones,) makes me laugh as she said: “Mummy I’m just reading this story!” I thought: that goodness she can’t read yet!

Moo has a great amount to deal with at her tender age of 15 months. She has to observe a great deal of meltdowns that Lou displays. We do wonder as she gets older if she may copy these behaviours or indeed have any additional needs herself. But for now all we can do is enjoy her while she’s so young and absorbing everything like a sponge!
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Moo copes incredibly well with everything that goes on and she has to endure Lou’s very tight squeezy cuddles! She has started to put her hand out as if to say “I want to be left alone at the moment.” She is a resilient little thing and is also developing a sprit, she definitely knows what she wants! I love to watch Moo, she’s such a busy little girl she will get her dolls and pat their backs, rock them and say “Ahh.” She loves the tea set and will stir the cups using her spoon then bring it to me. She loves animals she will now point and say “bird,” She loves watching the ducks and enthusiastically shouts: “Quack, quack!” Moo is a very loving child she is more clingy to me than I remember Lou being, Lou will only cuddle me now on her terms but Moo offers frequently ‘loves’ and pats my back and says “Ahh.” image

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These are the readings I wrote for Moo’s Christening back in May ’16.

One thing I do know for sure is that I can be having the worst day in the world but the 2 best things in my life keep me going 🙂

Just had to add this last image as this sums my daughter up in one:
Queen Elsa of Arendale with a Red Power Ranger’s mask!
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Thanks for reading 🙂