Small Steps Amazing Achievements – 22nd June 2016

Welcome to Wednesday which means it’s time for the Small Steps Amazing Achievements linky.

Thank you to everyone that linked up last week. It’s my turn to host this weeks Small Steps Amazing Achievements.

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If this is your first time here you can find out about the Small Steps Amazing Achievements linky HERE, we do hope you join in.

Posts can be old or new and don’t forget to share the linky love and comment on posts that spark your interest.

We do take the time to read and comment on all of your posts. We also share them on twitter using the hashtag #SSAmazingAchievements. So grab the badge and come and join in.

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Jeannette’s Small Steps Amazing Achievements Highlights from last week.

There’s preparations for school year 4 over at @sothisismemrst

@becomingasahm shares the lovely relationship between her children in her Siblings post for June

Monkey is growing in confidence and it’s great to read this post from @minnowmep

And
Sir surprised a very proud @earlyrisingmum with building a marble run

We really wish we could share all of the posts with you as we enjoy reading them all and find it so hard to choose which ones to include in this post, but you can read them all HERE.

I can’t wait to see what your children have achieved this week.


Handmade Father’s Day Cards

The one thing I do love about the children going to school and nursery is the handmade gifts they get to make and bring home. With Father’s Day last Sunday I was hoping that Ethan would bring home a card for his dad but I was presently surprised that Little E also got the chance to make a card for her daddy.

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Ethan’s Father’s Day Card

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Ethan’s Father’s Day card was football themed and now we have the added bonus that Ethan is learning to trace letters. It looks like he is getting quite good at it too.

Little E’s Father’s Day Card

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Little E’s Father’s Day card was made with paint. I must admit we haven’t done anything paint related at home so I would love to know how she reacts to paint. I’m hoping we can add some painting activities into our summer holidays.

I did ask how much of the work on the card she did herself and I was told she had help with the stars. The rest of the paint and glitter was all her own handy work.

Darren is very proud of the handmade Father’s Day cards he received from his children.

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Word Of The Week – Shocked

I don’t normally write about world events on our blog as I like to keep it as a place for our family memories and not subject of huge debate but this weeks events are the basis of our word of the week. This week our word of the week is

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Orlando holds a special place in our hearts as we got married there and it is the home of my favorite place, Walt Disney World. So we had a heavy heart when we heard about the terrible shootings that took place at the weekend. Another terrible act taking innocent life.

Waking on Wednesday morning we couldn’t believe it when we heard that a baby boy, more or less the same age as Little E, had been taken from the beach of the Grand Floridian hotel by an alligator. The very hotel that we got married in, the lagoon that takes you to the Magic Kingdom. A place full of happy memories for us, and many others.

There has been much debate and criticism on social media about how, and what happened to that poor little baby boy. I know that we talked about it all day, how it happened, what that poor little boy went through, how the parents were going to be leaving that place which should have been full of happy memories without their child.

I have only just been able to look at my photos of the Grand Floridian, you can see for yourself how it would be easy to forget that alligators roam in Florida waters.

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I wouldn’t wish that tragic accident on my worst enemy and I really hope his parents will someday be at peace with what happened.

As if the week wasn’t bad enough yesterday we witness a terrible murder of a MP who, like everyone else, was just expressing her view in the EU Referendum. To be honest I will be glad when the EU Referendum is over. It feels like we have been watching the debates for weeks, and they always come across as doom and gloom no matter what side you are listening to.

So for us this week we have been very shocked, lets hope that next week is better for all of us.

The Reading Residence

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This month has been a very tough one for our siblings as they are having to learn how to share. This isn’t helped by the fact that is now in full big brother mode and worked up that he can easily wind Little E up by taking away or playing with some of her favorite toys.

It hasn’t been easy and has been a big contrast from the week that they enjoyed together at Center Parcs. At times I have felt like a referee and have been sick of the sound of my own nagging. But through of all of the noise and the crying that this life lesson has brought with it, we have witnessed our siblings bond still shining through.

The garden has been a massive hit with our siblings this month and they loved jumping in the paddling pool together. Little E actually cried when it was time to come in and say goodbye to the paddling pool.

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The Little Tikes car has also been a massive hit but both children have had to learn about taking turns. This of course has been interesting but Ethan did learn how to play with Little E and enjoyed pushing her around the garden.

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Of course there has been peace when they have both been interested in the iPad but Little E has been asking to use the iPad more and more this month which has caused some friction.

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This really has been a different month in our siblings relationship which I’m sure is due to them both getting older. I’m hoping we will have mastered this sharing thing before the start of the summer holidays!

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Little E – 23 Months Old

Dear Little E,

I’m sorry another late update from me as you have been keeping me on my toes! On Saturday you turned 23 months old. You’re nearly there, you are nearly two!

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This month has been a big month for you, it feels like you have gained lots of new words that have really helped with your communication. You learnt the word ‘No’ during our stay at Center Parcs. You use it all the time as a reply to any questions that we ask, which can be funny at times, but you are now letting us know your opinion with it. You can also say again and more, more is a pretty new word so again was being used when you did want more of something. Just these three words feel like our whole way of taking to you has changed.

You are also repeating so many things that we say, of course not perfectly but it is so sweet to hear. We also feel like your understanding has come on too. We also have a new game where you bring us your nappy when you need to be changed. You get very excited by this and there have also been a few times that you have made us aware that you need to be changed.

Your confidence has also soared and you really enjoyed the play park and are also making use of your brothers slide in the garden.

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You have loved the garden this month and we have enjoyed water play and driving around in the Little Tikes car.

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You have always been very aware of things around you but this month you have really been exploring. You have been finding bugs in the garden and have been discovering flowers when we have been going for walks. It’s lovely to see the world through your eyes.

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You have also been attached to your toddle bike whenever you get the chance. It’s just another thing that proves to me how much you have changed this month as it hasn’t really been an interest to you until now.

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You are really getting a cheeky personality and it is really starting to shine through. You do have moments when you aren’t happy with us, and you really aren’t a morning person, but your improving words and understanding is really going to make turning two lots of fun.

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Small Steps Amazing Achievements – 15th June 2016

It’s Wednesday and time for this weeks Small Steps Amazing Achievements linky.

Thank you to everyone that linked up last week, there were some lovely posts.

This week Jeannette at Autism Mumma is hosting Small Steps Amazing Achievements.

Jeannette’s linky is HERE or you can link up below as the code synchronizes.

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If this is your first time here you can find out about the Small Steps Amazing Achievements linky HERE, we do hope you join in.

Posts can be old or new and don’t forget to share the linky love and comment on posts that spark your interest.

We do take the time to read and comment on all of your posts. We also share them on twitter using the hashtag #SSAmazingAchievements. So grab the badge and come and join in.

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My Small Steps Amazing Achievements Highlights from last week.

There have been two great achievements in swimming this week.

@ericahughes H swam 200m and gained a certificate

and @DownsSideUp Natty proved she is swimming superstar

@rainbowsaretoo there was a first experience of feeling guilty

and finally Jessica was a very brave little lady during her cardiac catheter procedure @liquoriceuk

We really wish we could share all of the posts with you as we enjoy reading them all and find it so hard to choose which ones to include in this post, but you can read them all HERE.

I can’t wait to see what your children have achieved this week.



Eating New Foods

Ethan’s diet is very limited, it’s all part and parcel of autism. Foods can be refused because of lots of reasons but chips are always a safe bet in our house. During our visit to Center Parcs Ethan actually tried two new food groups and he has added three more since returning home. Sometimes we do have one-off foods that won’t be eaten again but these new items have actually stuck around for a few weeks.

Pancakes

The Pancake House was an unexpected hit during our Center Parcs visit. Last week during our food shop I remembered to buy some of the American style pancakes and some chocolate sauce. Ethan happily ate his way through the packet over the course of the weekend.

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Red Juice

Whilst at Center Parcs our friends took Summer Fruits with them to drink and we took our usual Orange. Ethan asked us for some of the red juice and really liked it. He has continued to drink this ever since. We do have the problem that Ethan now refuses orange to drink but we are happy that his tastes have changed. We will work on the orange issue at a later date!

Raisin’s

Raisin’s are one of Little E’s favorite snacks and last week Ethan asked for some, he proceeded to eat them all. Ethan has now added raisin’s into one of his daily snacks.

Apple Bars

Apple bars are another of Little E’s snacks that Ethan has taken an interest in. It was another snack that he has asked for of his own accord and now happily eats whenever he can. We now have to buy two boxes of the apple bars every week.

Jam Sandwiches

A few weeks ago we stopped for lunch at our local Debenhams. I decided against getting chips for Ethan and went with the packed lunch children’s option. Knowing that he wouldn’t eat cheese I picked up a jam sandwich thinking it would be ignored. To our surprise Ethan ate all of the jam sandwich. We are now able to give Ethan two types of sandwiches for lunch chocolate or jam.

All of these new foods are a massive step forward for Ethan and it now also means I have so many more choices when Ethan has to have a packed lunch. I really hope Ethan counties to enjoy these new-found foods and we can expand on them too.

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