Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Today we Celebrated St George's Day as it was a beautifully Sunny Day we settled down for a picnic and then Story time i Told the 3 children stories about St George and Kellyn made up his own stories for us. It was a lovely time celebrating our national heritage.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
As i am hard of hearing myself and i am currently waiting for further tests with Arrianna to see if she too will have hearing problems i feel it is a good time to share my experience with you. I have been deaf since birth, When i was 8 years old i was given hearing aids, this for me was to late as i had already adapted to life with out them. My deafness meant i had to have a lot of time off school which left me falling behind everyone else and i never really caught up, At school i never had many friends i attended two different primary schools the first one was not a nice experience it was a small country school with three classes, as i reached the final class which was taught by the head of the school i was given additional equipment in the form of a radio aid these are now called listening devices, It was a very heavy piece of equipment made of two parts one i had to wear and the other was supposed to be worn by the teacher. My teacher at the time refused to wear it, one day i forgot to put on my part of it equipment and she told me off in front of the whole class, it was a very embarrassing and humiliating experience which i can still picture today.Eventually the bulling became so bad i was moved from the school to another school, Again i was singled out never making friends and i spent my break times following the dinner lady around as i was just so scared of being on my own and did not know how to mix with other children. I was given a smaller device by now but again it still left me with head aches and feeling very tired. When i left the primary school and went on to secondary i was put with those who used to bully me at my first primary school, this brought back the problems faced at the first school but also made new ones to. If i wore my hearing aids i would get pinched in the head, Shouted at, people would come up to me and flick my hearing aids, i was hit with bags and pushed down the stairs, Going home on the bus i would have coins thrown at me stuff put in my hair as well as name calling being tripped up and other forms of physical and mental abuse. I just hated school and no helped me, teachers did not want to know and dismissed this as school life. This has effected me in two ways now 1. i find it very hard to make friends or to talk to people 2. has left me with a fear of my hearing aids. Having problems like this makes going out hard if there is a crowd hearing is hard, going out to a restraunt too can be tricky everyone talking at once, there are so many times when its an issue you never really free from it, even at home you miss to hear the door bell, phone and the TV is a pain with out subtitles. Worst of all for me is not hearing the children, Talking in the car is extreamly hard work and i try to avoid it. On the other side it can be hard to communicate with someone who is deaf, here are a few tips Always talk clearly, stand in front of them be patent and calm. repeat what you say and never say it doesn't matter, With Arrianna i am hoping for good news we are going back to hospital this week for further tests, so we will no more then. in the mean time fingers crossed.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Recently we have visited lots of places. One of our trips out was to Llandudno, a Seaside town which was enjoyed by the Victorians. This was Arrianna's first trip to the sea side, It was such a beautiful day as you can see from our photo's Arrianna sat in my coat watching and listening to the waves crashing on the beach and taking in what Kellyn, Her Brother and Ceienna, Her Big Sister were doing. after a short spell on the beach for a picnic and usual beach time antics we settled to watch a very traditional Punch and Judy show. Fingers Crossed we will be back at the Beach again soon.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
These photographs were taken during her exercises She is doing fantastically well and remains very strong and developing excellent control of her head
The other good News is Arrianna's facebook page has now got 200 followers a fantastic achievement. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has joined and supported the group it means allot to me. This is the start of a wonderful journey we have started to meet wonderful people looking forward to the future.
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Today we took advantage of being a single parent family and after school we headed to the Beautiful Lake Vrynwy which is located close to where we live. This afternoon the weather was stunning and it was wonderful to take full advantage of it.
Llanwddyn. The lake serves Liverpool with its water supply. Today the surrounding area has recently been put up for sale. Today was such such a clear day we could see Rhiwargor Falls in the distance another place well worth a visit.
After our drive around the dam we visted the sculpture park its great to visit with small children and the footpaths make the area very accessible with a pushchair. The sculpture trail is a series of various wooden sculptures which our children love to spot and talk about each one is different. and the children interpreted them in different ways.
There is just so much to do here it make a really nice cheep day out.there are also trails provided by the RSPB and children usually get prizes at the end.
For me it was fabulous to get out and about again. while i was pregnant with Arrianna i suffered from an illness that meant on some days i could not even walk up stairs with out being dizzy and having to stay home sent me into a state of depression as i could not do to things i loved Walking and Photography. But today here we were geared up and ready to go. Muzzy was on his lead which is very unusual but after his recent accident he still is in recovery with his leg and i didnt want to loose him as when he is in pain he sulks and runs away.
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
After selling a few things from around the house on Arrianna's Facebook page i have brought her some news toy with the money raised from the sales. Arrinna now has a New activity Gym this helps her with hand and eye co ordination. I invested in a gym which is easy to transport so that if she need to have more hospital visits the gym can go with her to give a bit of home comfort.
We also have a Sit me Up Cosy now This will help Arrianna to buld up her mussels in her back at this early stage she loves the feel of the mat in this. This particular item will grow with her as she will be able to use it for support sitting up too.
Huge Thank You to Everyone who made this possible by buying from our page.
For Mothers DAy this year the children and i headed to Welshpool to visit Llyn Coed y Dinas a Nature Reserve just a few miles from where we live. The weather was terrible occasional rain showers but the breaks brought a lovely sunny day. Kellyn and i both took our camera's and had fun chasing each other to get pictures. When we arrived the rain was heavy so we went in the bird hide first. Kellyn and Ceienna love watching the birds and Kellyn is building up a good knowledge of different birds now, even though the weather was bad there was still plenty wild life around.
Eventually the rain gave way and we headed out the hide it was still slightly drizzling but Kellyn and Ceienna carried on regardless and Arrianna was snuggled up warm under blankets and had the rain cover over the pushchair.
The 3 children were getting tired now so we walked back to the car loaded up and headed for home where we made bracelets together and had a fun evening doing lots of activities. Bath time was fun too as we had a water fight. Great fun together.
Llyn Coed y Dinas is an ideal place to visit with young children especially if they have just started walking the footpath is easy to use as it is flat, The reserve is not very big but the use of space is wonderful. For older children there is a trail where they need to find different wildlife in carvings around the reserve Kellyn and Ceienna both enjoyed this too. There is a good sized Car Park here and it is easy to get too once you know where it is. We all recommend a visit here.