Posts made in May, 2011

Update on May’s vision

Posted on May 30, 2011 | 13 comments

Update on May’s vision

A year ago, I took May to see a ophthamologist at the hospital to check the mechanics of her eyes. We’d already established that May’s vision was weak, but in what way? To what extent? And, what could we do to help? I struggled to get anyone to help her. I’ve found the medical community is very helpful with May’s physical problems, but anything cognitive or that goes beyond the physicality, they say will just happen as it happens. In these cases, they often say there is nothing to be done. That kind of attitude is beyond frustrating - it is unprofessional. What they...

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May made the top of the list!

Posted on May 20, 2011 | 2 comments

About a year and a half ago, we started the long and completely demoralizing road to finding May a nursery. We contacted over 50 childminders and nurseries and all, bar one, turned her away. Some placed us on waiting lists. We never heard back from any of those nurseries. In fact, we soon found out that at least one of those nurseries didn’t even have a waiting list. However, today, I received a phone call from a nursery that put us on their list. We liked this nursery. They seemed unfazed by May’s needs and the nursery had a huge outside play area with lots of happy children...

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It’s official. May has special needs.

Posted on May 15, 2011 | 15 comments

Every child in Britain with special needs, minor to major, needs a Statement of Special Needs to receive funding, equipment and therapies in school. In recent weeks, everyone involved with May contributed a statement and these will be presented at a panel (of people who never meet May) who determine to what extent, if at all, she needs any of the above. Statements start at three. May is two. Regardless of this fact of life, May’s team encouraged us to apply for Statementing and already we have been told that we will probably get it. Why? Because May is already in a school setting...

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This week I’m… sitting in a Bumbo seat. Fun! Independence!

Posted on May 9, 2011 | 7 comments

May has conquered the Everest of the baby seat world THE BUMBO. For those unfamiliar with The Bumbo Seat, it is one that babies can sit upright in as soon as they can support their own neck. The seat is made of a kind of firm foam that cushions and supports. The seat secures the baby’s legs, hips and lower back, leaving the upper back, arms and head free. What the Bumbo manufacturers didn’t realize was that their design was actually a vehicle for kicking your legs and bouncing forwards and backwards (the point of the seat is that it won’t topple). It took a long time for...

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Finally – the birthday photos!

Posted on May 7, 2011 | 11 comments

I’ve let my May down. There… I’ve said it. In some ways I’ve let motherhood as an institution down. That’s right. I’m not afraid to call a spade a spade (I think I’m the spade in this analogy). What mother would wait over two weeks before posting birthday photos of her daughter. What mother would wait to share the glory of her adorable daughter on this, the most important day of the year, of her life? Phew! Now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way… BRING ON THE PHOTOS! I dare you to even imply that May is not the cutest two-year old...

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