Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Looong Overdue Post :-/

I haven't checked the stats recently so not sure if people still make their way to this blog but sure will do an 'ol update anyway. It has been a few months so sorry :(
Life has been been very busy as we also have our little Dylan. Ava had a good summer but was definitely getting bored by the end of it. This seemed to manifest itself with a lot of shouting which we didn't enjoy much. We were hopeful that when she started creche and "second steps" class in her school that we would see this improve and hopefully see a start to the walking!

So Ava started her "Second Steps" class 4 days a week and also has creche two afternoons a week. We have seen a massive change (all for the good) in her since she started. She is super close to walking now and is definitely trying to talk more. The extra stimulation has her babbling and standing and generally really moving forward with more words etc. There was an adjustment period where a few tears appeared when she started back but these seem to have gone now (fingers crossed)

On another note the last few months have seen me do some more work with Down Syndrome Centre doing interviews with new parents discussing the most excellent Liaison Nurse plus general new parent case studies. They also ran a new parent night in Dublin which was well attended with 60+ people.

Got a reminder from a friend this morning about Punky a new animation series from Monster Animation. You can read more about it here. It launches early next year. The relevance here is that Punky is the first headlining cartoon character to have Down Syndrome. Punky lives with her Mother, Brother and Granny and gets up to all sorts of adventures and mischief! Sounds fab.
Punky will broadcast next year with twenty episodes, each seven minutes long.


Nan P. said...
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Nan P. said...

And she looks as cute and pretty and girly as ever....

Brilliant work about the Down Syndrome Centre. They really seem to have their finger on the pulse, don't they?

(previous post was typo-defaced... ooops!)

Northside Mum said...

Hi Southside Dad, I have been an avid reader of your fantastic blog for sometime now and I must admit I was just going to post to ask how you all were as I was anxious you had stopped posting and I wouldn't be able to keep up to date with the beautiful Ava and her adventures. I have three girls, older than yours but I can still remember the amount of work required to keep two small ones entertained (it does get easier ... I promise)
Your biggest Fan
Northside Mum
PS gorgeous picture

South Dublin Dad said...

Hey Nan P, they defo have their finger on the pulse, smart people with few resources making a real difference. I look forward to you guys seeing the videos we have done, you will recognise a few faces :)

Northside Mum thanks So much for your kind words :) Will defo keep updating :)