So…..

I’ve been busy, lots of butterfly chasing, some ups, some downs, love, laughter and tears.

My small one celebrated her 4th Birthday in June and she is doing so well, the daily progress is beautiful to watch and according to our paediatrician, we are exceeding expectations. We will happily continue to exceed them, thank you very much! We are still very much on the Anat Baniel Method path, and we have regular visits from a very lovely local Emmett Technique practitioner too which really helps to relieve T*’s muscle spasticity. We are very  happy with this combination of assistance and we are looking forward to adding a lot more horse-riding into the mix once sitting-up has reached a certain point.

I have taken the plunge today and  enrolled on The Bach Centre’s Level 1 Distance Learning Programme. I’m not sure yet if it is for personal development or if I may go all the way to practitioner level, but I’m looking forward to finding out!

S x

Wheels in Motion

Wow, can’t believe another couple of weeks have passed rapidly by! I have been very busy with felting and some other projects starting to fill up the pipeline so I’m happy. I’m trying to find an hour a day to get on with stuff without little helpful hands.

The weather has been uncharacteristically lovely this past week, Spring has really crept up on me but we have been making the most of it, windows open, washing on the line, ponies have their rugs off so enjoying the sun on their backs. My small one has even been outside in her walker much to her joy. She stood at the field gate shouting “Hiya” at the ponies to get them to come over….I thought my heart would burst.

In just over 3 weeks we will be thinking about packing for our next trip to London for the next set of Anat Baniel Method sessions. T* is continuing to progress well, I even remarked to our physio that her spine is much straighter now and she agreed. I requested that her legs were checked for stiffness from using the walker but thankfully all is fine, something I attribute to the fact we carry and wear T* in a sling and once again the physio agreed. T*’s neck and head strength have improved so much I have just acquired a wrap and tentatively begun learning to back wrap so there will be photos to follow soon.

Lastly, I would just like to share this blogpost with you from Natural Mamas. This beautiful print was designed by one of our mamas from our local slingmeet and 5 copies are being gifted to raise money for The Miscarriage Association. Miscarriage is very common but as it is so rarely talked about, many women have trouble finding the support they need. Best of luck with the fundraising x

Time’s Whizzing By…

And another fortnight has disappeared! I have completed all current customs drawings (except for a friends) so looking forward to not getting all stressed out with finding time to draw. I’d like to do some equine inspired artwork at some point too.

I’d like to share a photo of something I have recently completed, its my first needle felted picture and its of a fox and moon. It took longer than I would have liked as I had little hands trying to ‘help’.  I really enjoyed having a go at this, I think its safe to say I’m a bit of a felt addict as I’m about to have a go at wet felting too.

I used merino wool tops and 100% wool felt as my background. I bought my tops from sarastexturecrafts.com, there are some beautiful colour tops available, I especially love the colour blends. Anyway, I have submitted  photo of my needle felt picture so hopefully it may be featured in Sara’s next newsletter!

Needle Felt Fox Picture

In other news…the small one is doing really well and we are very proud parents! She has been getting the hang of her walker although we carefully limit how much time she spends in it. This past week she has been starting to speak much to our joy and surprise. Yesterday we visited a private pool where she suddenly demonstrated that she wanted to swim. We are really pleased with T*’s progress and looking forward to further ABM next month.

Happy Little Lady

Overdue Update!

Well its been about a month since I last posted and there’s been lots going on!

The small one is coming along really well, she is active, vocal, becoming more independent and confident. Yesterday we had a combined physio/speech therapist visit and she managed some fantastic sitting with relaxed legs and brilliant head control. The changes we have seen in the past month are so positive. After what seems like a very long time of excruciatingly slow progress it’s very exciting for us to be moving less slowly! We plan to return to London for more ABM in late April so lots to look forward to.

We are also very happy to share with you that T*’s Rifton Pacer walker was delivered yesterday, much to our surprise as all we knew was that funding had been approved, but we didn’t know if there was sufficient funding left in this financial year or that it had been ordered. To see our little one take her first steps without our physical help was brilliant, its going to take a bit of getting used to for her to be down so low when she has spent the vast proportion of her life in my arms.

Initial excitement aside, we need to be careful with the walker as it could undo all our good progress and even be detrimental. So it looks as if babywearing is going to remain a vital feature in our daily lives for quite some time!

 

 

Happy Update

I’m really pleased to be posting that our trip to London to try the Anat Baniel Method was a success! We have seen immediate results and we have plenty of things to be getting on with so all-round happy!

I can’t tell you how it felt for us to be told our little one could be helped, had loads of potential, was sensitive, bright and clever. Of course we already know, feel and see this every day…but to hear it from people who could offer us all the chance progression was so warming. We worked on sitting, head control, reaching, rolling, weight bearing down the arms working towards side sitting and rising to propping up on the elbow.

Already we are seeing the small person using her right hand considerably more. Previously this was 1/5th – 1/4th of the time compared to the left, now it is easily 2/3rds – 3/4ths of the time compared to left. Her head control is stronger which is very apparent when she is in a back carry. Every day we are seeing more and more weight bearing down her arms and she is very much enjoying the process of learning to side sit. I just can’t believe how fast she is coming along now! So, lots to do now, and we are looking forward to going back as soon as finances allow.

So for now, I’ll leave you with a photo x

Learning to side sit

Snowed Under

Me, that is!

Last week  I launched Embrace Art, my simple babywearing artwork venture, you can see it here on facebook. I also have set up a Folksy store although it’s currently empty as I’m inundated with custom work! I’ve got lots of plans to grow Embrace Art although I’m taking it slow as my small one is still quite demanding of my time.

All being well we will be going to try the Anat Baniel Method in less than a fortnight. I’m finding my anxiety levels are increasing and some repetitive behaviours creeping in but its under control.

Having to cut this one short as my little one is stirring from a very short lap-nap…I’ll be back sooooon!!