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Mikey’s Progress: Portage, Speech Therapy & Nursery

When Mikey had his two year check back in October 2016, I mentioned to my health visitor I had some concerns about the fact he wasn’t speaking, making eye contact or responding to his name.

The first avenue we took was a hearing test.

A few people had mentioned he seemed deaf or that he may have hearing problems, we went for a hearing test and he passed with flying colours.

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So the next route we took was removing his dummy and limiting his TV time, which improved his focus and he started to make a few sounds, but we decided together he needs some support.

So we had three options to explore: Speech Therapy, Portage and Nursery

This was October last year and I didn’t quite feel he was ready for nursery so, I went to a Speech Therapy drop in session and my health visitor applied for Portage, which went to a panel along with other applications and it was decided Mikey would qualify for it.

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Fast forward to January 2017 he had his first appointment session of Speech Therapy and is now saying the words: Bubbles, Up, Pop, Daddy, Jack, Bot Bot and Yeah.

He now goes to nursery twice a week and runs off without saying bye, then cries when I pick him up because he wants to stay there (charming).

Plus on Tuesday he had his first Portage session.

I felt nervous and excited about his first session with the Portage worker, I didn’t really know what to expect.

I knew their aims were to improve his eye-contact, socialising and interaction, we’d discussed that in the initial meeting and I felt happy with these goals.

The session went really well, she brought along some toys that meant Mikey had to give her eye contact and she put her thumbs up and said “good looking” every time he looked at her.

I saw a great improvement even after just one session, so I’m excited that he has this weekly.

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The fact is that Mikey is extremely clever, (like scary clever) he knows what he wants and he sees the world in his own way and he lives by it.

Time and time again I keep getting asked what “they” think is “wrong with him” by people, especially because the Autism word keeps getting thrown around.

NOTHING is “wrong” with him, there is so much right with him, he’s so intelligent and if anything overly independent for his age.

Plus it’s not for “them” to decide.

Who are “they” anyway?

Professionals who don’t know him?

I’m his mother and it doesn’t matter to me what label may or may not be given to my son, because to me a label doesn’t change who he is, I love him for exactly who he is right now, his quirks, his meltdowns, the special little moments we get together.

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It isn’t for anyone else to change those things, but of course I take into consideration that he may need support and I would never hold him back from anything that can make his life easier to live, I mean celebrities pay thousands for therapies, it can’t do any harm whatsoever, so my thinking process is…why not?

I’m having these therapies put in place for him, partially because his health visitor suggested it and I completely trust her judgement, he is a very kind person, with a lot of experience and really cares for Mikey. Also my own instincts as mother tell me that although it works for him now being self-serving and not interacting with others, that it may be a struggle for him when he’s older, but there’s a good chance it won’t be.

I’d rather him have gentle therapies now to support him at a young age where he knows no different and prevent any future struggles that may happen, than waiting to see if he has to undo habits once he is in school, when it will be much harder for him because he will have more of a comprehension of the fact it is support he is getting, rather than knowing no different.

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The support he is getting has improved his interaction, eye-contact, socialising and speech in such a short space of time, I’m so proud of him and how well he is doing.

If anyone else is going through a similar journey with their child please comment, I’d love to hear from you about your experience or just to know about your little one.

I will keep you updated on his progress.

Thanks for reading!

michael

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Three poorly babies

I know Jack & Mikey aren’t technically “babies” but they are MY babies, so I have three poorly babies today.

It’s been starting for a few days but today it’s hit our household like a bacteria filled bomb, all three have sticky eyes (Yuck!), poor Jack woke up and thought he was blind! 🙈

Mikey has no comprehension of why I have to clean his eyes, he’s the hardest one to help. Jack doesn’t like having his eyes cleaned (using boiling water and cotton wool) plus eye drops, but he knows he needs them and if he just plays along it’s over a lot quicker than if he fights me, Nicole hates having her eyes cleaned (she’s too young for drops) but is too little fight back, so just gives me a guilty feeling with her bottom lip.

But Mikey, he is the strongest out of all three and hates any sort of intervention, wiping his nose, washing his hair, changing his bum…he’s not a fan of anything like that, so trying to swipe his eyes with cotton wool in one direction so I’m not rubbing it back into his eye, then putting in eye drops is near-impossible, but I managed it, I may have had to gently restrain him with my legs, but it took me no longer than a minute, whereas I could have sat there for an hour trying to reason with him but got nowhere, if you are a fan of the TV show Friends….Imagine Rachel with the eye drop, but x10!

I had plans to take the kids out to the park today or maybe even to a play area, but I’m not so well myself and really all they want to do is stay in their pyjamas and watch TV, so I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to chill with them and not spread this cold/virus/eye infection whatever you want to call it, to the outside world.

Kids perk up pretty quickly so I’m hoping they’ll be OK for nursery and a play date tomorrow, there’s really no way to tell until the morning with kids, they are pretty unpredictable. I know they’ll be absolutely gutted to miss out but I suppose it’s my job to decide what is best and weigh up the pros and cons, they’ve been having their eye drops for two days now, so hopefully their eye will be better by tomorrow.

I’m doing a video on my Vlog about my poorly babies, check it out and please subscribe

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The cutest laugh ever!

Throwback to this time last year when Mikey was absoloutely p**sing himself laughing at Jack throwing the ball for the dog!

This kid has just got the cutest laugh ever!

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Bubbles

If you follow my blog, you’ll know my son Mikey is about to start speech therapy. He’s just turned two and still doesn’t speak, he makes the odd sound but no words yet, not any that he will say more than once anyway.

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There is a question of Autism that keeps getting brought up every now and again, but I’m all for the gentle approach, so we’re starting with some therapies to see how he gets on.

He is very close in age to his older brother Jack and people say the older sibling sometimes “talk for” the younger one, so that’s a theory I’m willing to accept, but I’m open to the option there is the possibility of other reasons for his speech delay. It’s a case of time will tell.

So he has an appointment for his first speech therapy session in January, but until then we’ve been given a little homework to help him. One was rolling a ball to each other to increase his eye contact, which does help, but we’re still getting the hang of sitting him still to do that and the other was blowing bubbles.

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It’s surprising how easy the word bubbles is to say and how blowing bubbles to your child can improve their eye contact. We’ve only tried it for a few days and Mikey is already saying the word bubbles, not every time, but it’s definitely improving.

Plus it’s something that all the kids enjoy and it’s not a strenuous task, there is never an bad time to blow bubbles for kids.

I’m looking forward to his speech therapy starting and to see how he progresses, I’ll keep you updated.

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Little Lulu’s Shoes: A Review

Little Lulu’s Shoes

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy shoes…which is kind of the same thing!

Little Lulu’s Shoes hand make shoes out of Italian leather for little babies just like my princess Nicole.

She was lucky enough to receive a pair of Little Lulu’s Ruby Tall Boots for Christmas and they are gorgeous!

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I’ve never been a fan of putting baby in shoes because they always seem to tough or hard for their tiny little feet, but the leather on Little Lulu’s is so soft, perfect for squidgy baby toes. I never want to take them off her feet now.

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If you are looking for the perfect gift for a newborn baby, then look no further. For boys or girls, Little Lulu’s have a shoe for any baby! It is the hottest new trend in baby fashion and they are even the winner’s of Bubble London’s Rising Star Award 2015.

I have a great nephew due in January so I’ll definitely be buying him a pair!

Beautiful handcrafted, eco-friendly baby shoes made in one of Italy’s most prestigious ateliers, available to order online, with free UK delivery.

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Check out their site: Little-Lulus

They even have their own blog: Little Lulu’s Blog

Plus a gallery of pictures for you to look through: Little Lulu’s Gallery

To learn more about their shoes: Little Lulu’s – Our Baby Shoes

Or to find out more about Little Lulus: About Little Lulu’s

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Two kids in less than 12 months!? How will you cope? … Here’s how!

I remember laying in bed at 20 years old n 2011 and pondering my future, planning a career then to have children at around 30.

Fast forward to being 22 in 2013 and I’d suffered a Molar Pregnancy and a Miscarriage, I was now longing for a child! Me and Paul would lay in bed with a gap between us, telling each other one day we will have a bundle of joy to snuggle and coo over.

Fast forward to the present time of February 2015 and we’re nudging each other to do the next night feed, wiping snot with our sleeves and trying not to drown in a sea of dirty nappies. That’s right, we had two kids in 11 months!

Jack (currently 15 months) was born in November 2013 and Michael (referred to as Mikey, 5 months) was born in October 2014.

If you are planning on or are lucky enough to have children so close together, you need to prepare your comebacks for the following comments (cos believe me you’ll get home and think of the best one when it’s too late):

“I hope you know you’ve got your work cut out, young lady” (patronising grrrr)

“You need a TV in your bedroom” (sex innuendo, unwelcome)

“They’ll suffer, you won’t have enough time for both of them” (Wrong, wrong and wrong again)

“I hope your taking precautions, you’ll never cope if you have a third” (Wrong and none of your business)

“I bet you’re gutted, you obviously tried again so soon to get a girl!” (No, genitals don’t bother me, a healthy baby will do just fine)

and finally…this one’s a cracker! They lean into the buggy turn to Mikey my youngest and tell him….

“Well, you were an accident, weren’t you young man!” (There are no words strong enough to describe my anger)

Yes, it’s hard work! To all the people who told me it was going to be, it is! But I was prepared for that, I considered it a long time before you did. But it’s not the terrifying sinking ship you think it is, I haven’t had to deal with jealousy, adjustment issues for Jack or re-adjustment for my-self, I was already in ‘Night Feed Mode’. As they grow it will be great to be able to take them to the same age appropriate activities and even though I know they’ll be each other’s worst enemies at times (what siblings aren’t?) but they’ll also be the best of friends!

So to any parent in a similar situation, ignore the negativity, if you left an age gap the same people will be telling you “it’s about time you had another”.

You can do this, it’s not the end of the world…it’s actually the beginning of a beautiful one ❤