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Child Developmental Clinic

It was my little mans CDC appointment the other day, and I really did not know what to expect from it. I had asked several people who had been to them before and everyone gave me different answers, so I’m going to tell you about my experience and how it all went!

The whole day before I had so much nervous energy I ended up sorting out my whole kitchen, cupboards and the lot!Β  hadn’t expected to get much sleep that night but I must have worn myself out running about like a lunatic cleaning/sorting/worrying etc as I actually managed a pretty decent sleep! Which was a great start as it gave me the energy I needed to be able to listen and concentrate on what was being said.

We were called from the waiting room and met a lovely lady who explained to us what was going to happen during the 90 minute appointment and that there was six other people there to observe him .. so seven people to watch my little 23 month old boy, that seems like an awful lot right! Well it seemed like even more when you walked into the room and saw them all staring at you..all happy, smiling and welcoming faces just very over whelming! My little man wasn’t sure at all what to think, but they are all very used to that and they had everything under there belt, the winning one for him was bubbles! He loves bubbles, what child doesn’t! They then all introduced themselves one by one; physio therapist, speech therapist, Occupational therapist and so forth! The questions then came as he was being observed by all the people there and as one by one they all went over to him and tried to get him to do whatever it was they wanted.. from walking up stairs to making eye contact.

There was so many questions asked I can hardly remember any of them or how I even answered, my partner told me he was impressed with how well I handled them all and answered them all… So I’m thinking they weren’t really the easiest of questions and that is why I have forgotten the majority of them, mixed in with my anxiety I’m surprised how I even remembered to breath through it all let alone answer all these questions thrown at me!

They then went around the room and gave there feedback to us about there findings; one thing that I was worried about was the muscles in his legs being a little short as he is constantly on his toes and not only just a little bit he goes fully up on his toes and occasionally will even walk on the other side of his toes! His muscles are fine though and we were advised to get him some heavy boots to try and encourage him to walk flat footed otherwise he will end up shortening the muscles in his legs. I am now on a hunt for some cute little boots in a lovely size 5! =]

The speech therapist told me to work on his eye contact and that we would have a few appointments with her shortly to help and give me more ideas on how to get him to give eye contact. Then the others mainly spoke about how to try and help him in the world around him, doing lots of messy play to try and encourage him to get used to different textures and how everything in the world around him is. To try tight clothing when I take him out to see if this helps him to feel settled as its like getting a big hug and close contact. I got lots of ideas of things to do with him to try and help him get used to different textures etc so that he will then hopefully start to eat a lot more things! Did you know that your hands are very closely linked to your mouth, so hopefully when he accepts different feelings on his hands he may start to in his mouth too!

It then came back round to the lady who was asking all the questions and listening to what everyone said; she looked at us very seriously and said that it was Autism.
Even though I had expected this my heart sank.. I just needed to get out of the room. Away from all the eyes watching and all the ears listening and waiting for my reply.
She then went on to tell us that she couldn’t refer us to the Autism Clinic until he was two and a half years old, so that we would have to come back in six months for this and that when we were back we would also discuss where would be best for him to go to school and to apply for schools too then as it was important to get on there lists from the start to make sure he got a place.

I asked a few more questions about how long till certain appointments etc.. then quickly left after thanking them all.

Even though I expected this outcome, it was still a huge shock. I am still coming to terms with it and I’m sure I will be for a very long time. I’m really not sure how to feel about it all.. all I know is that our life has changed forever.

I love him & I always will, no matter what.

WeeOhana xx

 

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Gruffalo Trail

The other day we set out on an adventure, to find The Gruffalo!

First of all we had to start with a little drive in the car.. and the Sat Nav trying to make us actually drive through the forest.. but we figured out where we were really meant to go and got parked and ready to head out! We had went on a week day, and it wasn’t overly lovely weather so it was a bonus that the place was quieter than we had expected! We had also taken a picnic with us.. but with little grass space and it being a bit chilly we ended up eating in the car! There was picnic benches for if it is a bit of a nicer day whenever you get a chance to visit!

The Gruffalo Trail is by the Colin Glen Visitor Centre, which has toilets and a cafe in also which is very handy when traveling with little ones! I would made a suggestion of reading the book the night before too.. we decided in the morning to go so we didn’t really think of that! We had forgotten what order all the creatures come in though we still enjoyed, but with a refresher for little minds and yours it may make it even more enjoyable!

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This is the entrance to the very exciting Gruffalo Trail, when we first saw this we thought they may have snippets of the book throughout so thought it would help refresh our minds, but this is all the words there is!

As you are walking if you keep a look out in the trees there are little picture signs that show you and your little ones which animal is coming up next and what to keep there eyes peeled for! It also adds extra things too look for, so keeps the excitement for the whole walk! We found that the walk took approximately thirty minutes, that includes stopping at all the figures for pictures, picking up sticks, looking in the river and all the things little ones enjoy to do while out on an adventure! You can carry on walking but we decided to turn around once we had met The Gruffalo, as it was a little chilly and she was already saying her little legs were getting tired. She was also highly disappointed that we didn’t meet the real Gruffalo in the deep dark wood.. but when we explained that he had been and that this was where we had stood etc she then loved it again!

The first stop was the little mouse
dsc00498.jpgI say little loosely as the figures were all of fantastic size, quality and detail! They looked exactly as they are pictured in the book and in great condition seeing as there will have been lots of children clambering over them all! My little girl just loved the fact you could touch, poke, climb on and do whatever you really wanted to do with them!

Anyway.. I wont show you pictures of all the animals you met along the way, its good to have some sort of surprise, right? πŸ˜›

I would recommended the Gruffalo Trail, but I’m not sure it would be a whole day trip even if you did keep walking, as after that it is just forest and I’m not sure how long you can walk or how far little ones who like the Gruffalo could walk! Even so, it is a great little trip for half a day or the such with the walk and then some food! It is close enough to Belfast, so it depends were you come from for how long the drive is really! I can imagine this would be very busy on sunny days, especially weekends or when the children are off for Easter/summer!

Here are my favorite two with The Gruffalo!

dsc00526.jpgYep, Little man slept the whole time while the other ran about thoroughly enjoying the fresh air!

If you are ever near Belfast and have a few hours to kill, now you have a new place to explore!

WeeOhana

 

 

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Remembering the Good <3

Time just seems to vanish at the moment, since having my little man i seem to blink and a week disappears! It doesn’t seem like ten days since I last blogged.. more importantly it is nearly impossible for e to believe that he is 7 weeks old today… did I have a giant sleep through a few weeks after having him?!?

Some days it feels like he has been here forever, we have a lovely little routine (which generally works..) his big sister is completely in love with him and everything goes as smoothly as it can with a three year old and a 7 week old! I can’t wait for it to be the summer so that I can start taking hem both out for long walks and explorers as right now it is a little cold for him to b out and about for a long period of time..

Other days I don’t know how i cope. My three year old doesn’t listen or help and the little man just wants to be held constantly, which obviously just can’t always happen so easily whenever I am trying to entertain my little girl! These days I just want to scream, run and hide. I think that there is no way that I am going to get through the day.. but I manage! Mainly because of my fantastic hubby, who doesn’t always know how rough of a day it has been but will aways make me smile and give me a cuddle when he gets through the door from work! Then there is my mu, who I know no matter what that she is just a little phone call away and if i’m really struggling she will be with me as quickly as she can to help. Generally I just call and ask what is she up to and does she fancy coming round for a cuppa, because one thing I’m not to great at is asking for help or support. I feel that if i ask for this then I am admitting defeat and that I wouldn’t be able to do it all on my own. I like to think that no matter what happens I would be able to cope on my own and handle the kids, suppose most people like to know they can do it on there own, but I know I must work on opening up to people about how I feel and to ask for help when I need it rather than just hoping that they will see that I need it. Talking about emotions and how I feel about anything at all though isn’t a strong point at all for me

The main thing that gets me through the hard days, is remembering the good. Remembering how fantastic and well behaved my little three year old ca be when she wants to be. That I have a great support network full of family & friends;Also how lucky I am to have a beautiful loving family, a roof over our heads and full tummies.
Thank you guys ❀

So; Remember the good times, because hey, life would be too predictable if we didn't have the bad.
What do you guys do/think to get you through the hard times?

WeeOhana x

8

Alarm & Waffle!

Once again, the alarm on the house across the road is going off!! It seems to go off at least once a day recently and it is really starting to bug me! Not only does it tend to go off at this time 7:30pm, so whenever my little one is nearly asleep in bed so it startles her and then takes me an extra half an hour to go back down, it make the most irritating noise ever! it goes straight through you! ='[  It has got so bad I have contemplated breaking it in the middle of the night so I don’t have to listen to that rancid noise anymore!

Moving swiftly on… I have bought the most amazing bedding in the world! Not only is it kinda Christmassy orientated .. its made from brushed cotton! It is so snugly and just lovely and warm! It feels like you are getting a giant hug from a teddy bear every time you get into bed and even better, it feels super lovely and fluffy and doesn’t even make you overheat! I was worried before I bought it that it would make me super warm in bed, and with being pregnant I’m already over heating in bed when I sleep with nothing on! So I thought, pah lets buy it anyway and see! Aw it feels so snugly and lovely… I think I’m in love with my bedding… But look at how pretty it is!
bedding
isn’t it just marvelous! Pretty little reindeer’s and just so … haha I’ll calm down on the whole bedding love malarkey!

 

Hmm.. now that I went on a little note about my bedding I have completely forgot what I was going to blog about tonight! Currently sitting munching on a chocolate Orange with toffee peices inside it… its pretty delicious to be honest! If you haven’t tried one before you really should! Get yourself out to Tesco while they are on offer ;]

I got my old laptop working today and i turned it on… it had like 100000 songs on it, it was amazing because I fond lots of old music! It reminded me of when I was younger, I wouldn’t have went anywhere without headphones in! Even down to the kitchen without music was a big expedition for me! Music got me through everything in life, no matter what it was! Now; I hardly ever get to listen to music, bar nursery rhymes! πŸ˜› What gets me through now is my beautiful little family! They are just fantastic, they always make me smile and just feel so special and loved! =] Thats what family is for right! I never knew how fantastic being a mummy would be! Mind you, no idea how im going to split my time between two kids, but loads of people do it for 3/4 or even more children! So I will be fine, I’m super mum right ;]

I would love to not have to go back to work and to get to spend all my time with my little munchkins! Though I will just have to wait and see how we cope and if it is even a choice for me to not go back to work, even until they both start work! Suppose lots of mums would like that though, it means you get to spend all your time with your precious little family! Though we will just have to wait and see!

Can’t believe how close it is that we will be changing from a three person family, to a four person family! My little girl tonight came up to me with a key and put it up to my tummy and went ” mummy that’s your tummy unlocked for baby brother to come out tonight” … Does she know something I don’t? lol! I found it ultra cute though, it shows that she does really understand it all and is obviously excited for baby, otherwise she wouldn’t be unlocking me for him to come out? right? I’m so glad she hasn’t asked me how he gets out, would be an awkward one to answer.. think I may just reply with “magic!” What did you tell your little ones? She knows that I have to go to the hospital and that she is getting to come to the hospital and she is all excited for getting to bring baby brother home! & more importantly.. shes super excited for her promised McDonalds.. lol!! Typical three year old! ;]

YAY! The alarm has finally stopped going mental!! =D

My belly button is now poking out.. so my belly looks like a giant boob with a nipple! This baby is pushing my poor little body to its limit!

Anyway, I still can’t remember what I had in my head to blog about! So I will stop waffling as I don’t think its going to come back to me! Time to panic about packing my hospital bag, any advice on what needs to go in it? Anything you took with you that would suggest I take? Look forward to hearing some wild and wonderful ideas! πŸ˜›
WeeOhana xx