I feel I should start writing my blog again, if only to keep a record of all the things that have been happening of late.
I'll start with the good;
Finn has learn to cruise, climb the stairs, clap, feed himself with a spoon, and has developed the cheekiest mischievous personality.
My lovely friend Lizzie and her gorgeous son Alfie came to visit for a few days which was amazing, it was great to spend time with her, have a few cheeky vino's and for the boys to play together. I've missed that girl so much!
I am now a fully qualified Baby and Pre School swimming teacher with Puddle Ducks, genuinely the best job in the world, I go to work smiling and come home giddy with excitement!
My 'mummy knows best' skills have finally led to all sorts of referrals for Finn, which leads me onto the not so good.
We had Finn's development review today, his development has been put at that of a 9-10 month baby, I'm not sure I agree with this entirely, I would put him about 12-13 months maybe, however, this has lead to various interventions.
He will now need an MRI scan to see if there is any brain injuries, a X-ray of his skull to check growth, a blood test for screening various things, physio for his feet and possibly his arms; he'll be under the community paediatric health visitor, we will need to attend various structured play sessions, we'll have home visits once a week to stimulate him further and he has also had a dietician referral.
Rather a lot to take in in one hit. Especially when you're not given any answers as to what may be wrong with him.
As I sit here with my tub of Ben and Jerrys, I wonder whether I've done enough, if I could have done more to stimulate and developed him. Will he lead a normal life, will he be bullied? Should I have taken him to more groups, let him be around more children, what if, what if, what if, what if...?
All I know is that he is the most happiest, beautiful, loving, cheekiest little boy I know. He makes me laugh daily and is so affectionate it's unreal.
I love him with every fibre of my being and what ever is thrown in our way we shall take in our stride.
I'm sorry for being away for such a long time, as you can see I've been a busy bunny, but I hope to keep this blog up to date now as often as I can, it'll be nice to look back on and see how far we've come.
Monday, 20 August 2012
Today I had decided we were going to play with Oobleck, however I was being a little dim and decided to add cornflower to water instead of the other way round and didn't have enough cornflower. Plan B was shaving foam which went down very well!
I bought a can of 26p shaving foam and coloured it with food colouring, put it in bowls with various utensils and put Finn in the paddling pool to play with it.
The paddling pool was a bargain from Tesco's, £2.99 I think and it's perfect for messy play as it can be hosed down or showered off.
This activity kept Finn's interest for about 15mins, but he was fairly grumpy and tired before hand
I was quite impressed that he didn't try to eat any of it either!
The sun finally decided to shine after our rainy day messy play so we went for a walk to the park and to the library.
I wasn't too impressed with our local library to be honest but it does the job, I think we'll try out Story Time there next week.
Do you do messy play activities? What's your local library like?
Friday, 3 August 2012
Please excuse my absence over the next couple of weeks. I'm going home on Sunday and I bloody can't wait. I'm super duper excited to see all the beautiful people I've been missing for months and to see my family!
Traveling with a toddler isn't easy and I'll be driving back by myself. it's about 5 hours drive so I'm setting off at 7pm and driving through the night, if I'm lucky he'll sleep the whole way and go straight into his cot at the other end. Wish me luck.
Planning this trip has been like a military operation, I don't have time to breathe but that's the way I like it.
I'll post again when I'm back to the grim north! Eeeeeeeepp I'm excited, can you tell?!