Sunday, May 24, 2009


Here are some photos I took a couple of weeks ago of Luke and Em at therapy. Luke was working on some drawing, and Em took over the other side, and they were chatting to each other around the corner of the board about their drawings. Very cute. They both love drawing.

Mum making Luke look at the camera.

Busy drawing.

Practising standing to strengthen his legs and lower back.

Luke loved this and was feeling very pleased with himself :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Last Night

We have had about a week of great sleepers. Until last night...

Emily woke up at around 2 am, calling out "Mum, Mum, Mum..." I like it much better when she calls out "Dad, Daaaaad!". So I dragged myself out of bed, stumbled down to her room, and as soon as she saw me she said "I want an icecream."

Reply from Mother: "That won't be happening! I was asleep and you woke me up and it is the middle of the night. I'll get you a piece of bread" That's what you get in our house if you wake up hungry. It's not even buttered. Plain bread.

And back to bed.

3.30am Luke wakes up. I tried to settle him, but he was having none of it so I took him back to bed with me and fed him, then put him back around 4.

6.10 Ben comes in. "Is it time to get up now? It's hard to tell." Answer: "No. Go back to bed."

6.12 Hear him singing to himself from the toilet.

6.13 Emily up.

Great, an early start for the whole family, and Dad is working late tonight. Dinner and bath time should be fun...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Get Up!

We were all having dinner at the table the other night, and Miss Emily was doing her usual trick of getting down and making excuses to go and get things so she didn't have to sit still. I caught her by the hand as she was about to get down from her chair for the gazillionth time, and her father said sternly "Get up!"

The next thing you know, there was an echo, "Get up!" coming from the other side of the table. Our heads both spun around, and there was Ben, looking at Luke with a big grin on his face. "Did you hear that Mum? Luke said 'Get up!'" Neil and I looked at each other in amazement. It was as clear as a bell, and definitely Luke, not Ben.

Poor Em, being bossed around by both her brothers already!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Guess Who's a Big Boy Now?

I came into the living room the other day to give Luke his dinner. If the big kids are eating at their little table, Luke usually he sits in his pod seat and I spoon feed him, and then he has some of what the rest of us are having as finger food. Otherwise we are all at the table together, and Luke sits in his pod on the table. Well, the other day, here he was...

wondering where his was, and why he didn't have a chair!

Nothing like motivation to get you pulling yourself up on your knees!

So I got him the third chair we had, and away he went.

I couldn't believe it. He ate half of a roasted potato, but put the last piece on Em's plate, and swapped it for a piece of meat from the casserole! He is so clever :)
The big kids have to watch their plates now- it's all fair game as far as Luke is concerned!
But where did my baby go?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

5 Takes on Why and When Life is Grand

I have been 'tagged' by Nan P to share 5 ways life is Grand. So here goes:

-My 3 lovely children, who keep me on my toes, and who are in turns gorgeous, funny, clever, and downright naughty.

-My husband, who is short on words but does whatever it takes for his family, including getting a new job so that we could move here and access the best therapy for Luke.

-The Champion Centre and its staff, for doing such a great job working with kids with special needs and taking a huge weight off my mind, and for just loving Luke.

-My friends, particularly Trina, Hem and Anna, who have been amazing and who I know are there whenever I need them. I am lucky to have such amazing women in my life.

What's that in the sandpit? A bodyless baby?
Just a baby sampling the sand. Not enough fibre in your diet Luke?!

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Tooth

I think we have a tooth! Not certain because it is just a small white point, similar to a needle, but at 15 months, I think we have a tooth! This is probably because I told the Plunket nurse, who was going on about enroling Luke with the Dental nurse, that I didn't see the point yet because he had no teeth. When will I learn to nod and keep my mouth shut?!