New 0 – 36

Since completing the 0 – 36 month reflection on Sophia’s life last November I’ve been attempting to read more information on the actual workings of the brain. I’m probably that very dangerous person, someone who knows only a microscopic fraction but feels impelled to act / react on that knowledge! The mass I’ve read and … Continue reading

Old 0 – 36

To all intents and purposes now that Sophia’s blog has seen her reach 36 months old it has finished as it was always my intention to stop once Sophia was 3, the major brain development period being 0 – 36 months. Of course the brain continues developing and we continue learning, but not at such … Continue reading

Sophia’s 3rd Birthday and Annual Review

Another delightful, albeit low-key family and close friends birthday party. (So unlike James’s affairs!) Although I did see on the internet there’s a mobile ‘soft-play’ bus you can hire for functions and I think that would be a great idea for Sophia in the future if we can find a parking area big enough. She … Continue reading

Celebrating Holland

“Celebrating Holland – I’m home” was written by Cathy Anthony, a parent, advocate and Executive Director of The Family Support Institute in Vancouver as a follow up to “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley which I featured earlier in this blog. Here it is: “I have been in Holland for over a decade now. … Continue reading

Hi / Bye

As I was awaiting Sophia’s portage home visitor for the first session of our New Year this week, I was singing Old Macdonald Had a Farm and attempting to get Sophia to engage in raising her hand in the much worked towards ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ gesture to the animals. No wave, that’s still too difficult … Continue reading

Sophia’s 3rd Christmas

20th December Sophia has been very poorly and off her food leading up to Christmas but she has managed to smile a bit with it and, amazingly, continue trying to crawl to the piano before collapsing in exhaustion, moaning pitifully then cheering momentarily as I pick her up and sit with her on the stool … Continue reading

It’s all about James

I’d hate for James to read this blog in years to come and think that he was practically never mentioned, so I thought I’d include the following pre-Christmas events and then he will be incredibly grateful that I didn’t mention him more! He had been desperate for months for two things to take place and … Continue reading

The Piano’s the Key

The step in the middle of our lounge has been the source of a slight bone of contention with a visiting therapist. I said that it was great having it there as it meant that it contained Sophia in the lower part of the lounge if I had to leave the room for a few … Continue reading

School Starts

Tuesday 27 November 2012 Sophia started pre-school today. Fiona and another Physiotherapist took photos of her in her various physical positions to help the school staff work with her in a manner most appropriate for her development. We’d actually had a very productive meeting the previous Friday to discuss all Sophia’s needs in great detail … Continue reading