Saturday September 11, 2010
Doesn't time fly!!
Samuel is nearly 1 year old now, but
its hard to know where the last 12 months have gone.
Other activities we wanted Samuel to attend were baby massage, (out of the group of 8 mums, 5 of us still keep in touch and we meet up regularly - lots of birthday parties at the moment as all the children reach 1year old ) Post Natal group, Sing & Sign, Tumble Tots, and other local toddler groups.
How we feel
Having a child with Down Syndrome has its low points, meeting other children who are running around at the same age as Samuel, and sitting up where as Samuel is still only able to lay and roll around can be a little upsetting at times, but even 'normal' children are all different as well, but he will get there with love and patience. Some Mum's we meet wish their child would stay in one place instead of walking round the furniture and getting into things they shouldn't do, so maybe its not such a major disadvantage after all :->
You often see other children Samuel's
age eating a sandwich or mashed up normal food, but Samuel is still on
pureed food as he does not like any lumps, he is not a fussy eater, he
particularly enjoys any vegetable mixtures that have some sweet potato or
carrot in. We regularly cook a batch of vegetables and by using a £4 Tesco
Value handblender (why pay £30 for a Braun one?) we puree the vegetables and this
makes around 4 or 5 meals, which he really enjoys.
As for his development he now attends speech therapy and tries to copy mouth movements and is starting to do some signing.
We have mentioned above one
or two low points but honestly the highpoints far far out-weigh any of
these. He truly is a delight, he has slept soundly since birth, he loves
being part of things. You may have read in our site about the comments from
family on learning that Samuel had Downs that we would not be able to do
anything or go anywhere, but its quite the opposite in reality, we have
never done so much. Samuel loves flying too and in his short life has been
lucky enough to go to Spain twice! On both occasions other passengers have
commented on how well he travels and makes not the slightest fuss. He is
outstanding with even total strangers noticing how good he is, and
frequently on trips to the supermarket people come over and make a fuss of
him. We have taken Samuel camping several times, this can be difficult for
any child but he thoroughly enjoys the experience.
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