• Little E

    Little E is Becoming a Water Baby

    I started mother and baby swimming lessons with Little E when Ethan started school. She was nine months old, a little older than some of the other children in her class as they start the lessons from four months old. Little E enjoyed the lessons but she didn’t like being placed on her back and she didn’t really move her arms and legs that much. She stayed in the younger class for two terms but this term moved up to the 18 months to two and a half year class. Being a summer baby I have found that it holds her back a little as her teacher feels she cold…

  • Ethan

    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…

  • Little E

    Little E’s Growing Confidence

    We haven’t really visited playgrounds with Little E as much as we did when Ethan was younger. This is partly because of our routine in the week, working around her groups and Ethan’s school but also because Ethan lost his confidence around other children. When we had the chance to visit earlier in the year Little E didn’t really know how to climb and we just placed her on the slide. Swings were also a no-no with her, and still are. Whilst we were at Center Parcs we visited the playgrounds and after making sure Ethan was settled we let Little E out of her buggy. I couldn’t believe the…

  • Ethan

    The Pancake House

    I love pancakes, Shrove Tuesday is easily my favorite day of the year. Unfortunately Ethan doesn’t agree with me and never eats my pancakes. We have even tried shop brought ones and he turned up his nose, even when we have added nutella. With this in mind when we visited The Pancake House at Center Parcs for a last day treat we didn’t order Ethan a pancake. We ordered him some ice-cream as he had already had his lunch.  I on the other hand ordered the Cookie Monster Stack! When the waiter brought over my pancakes Ethan heard the word cookie and within seconds dived right into my pancakes. You…

  • Travel

    Center Parcs Elveden Forest Pony Ride

    We haven’t been able to take Ethan on a pony ride for a while now. It’s something I wanted to do regularly with him as he has always enjoyed it. There is a riding school local to my mum’s house but pregnancy and Little E’s arrival stopped the plans. Darren’s shift pattern also doesn’t help and we just haven’t been able to fit it into our routine. So when I was looking through the activities we could book whilst on our Center Parcs break I was excited to see a pony ride option. This wasn’t available when we visited in March last year and we opted for a horse and…

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