Saturday, February 10, 2018
Hezekiah wanted to show me what he has learnt this last week during his swimming time at school. So we headed up to the pool this afternoon. Hannah got to show me how much she has improved too.
It was amazing to see him happy to put his head under the water like this.
He had told me that he had touched the floor of the pool. So he showed me. I'm so pleased he has gotten over that fear of going under.
Seeing Hannah dive so nicely he wanted to work on his dive too.
And his freestyle is coming on so very well too.
Well done to you both.
Friday, February 9, 2018
Above: They had a break just as we arrived and the water was sprayed up to allow anyone to cool off under the spray.
Then we spotted Hezekiah and Ruth with this challenge.
And then they moved onto the dry grass and had a really good challenge with as many on each team as they could get.
There wasn't any activities I thought she would be able to join in on, but it was good to have her there to watch some of it. As we were walking from the car she had seen all the children on the field and waved and say "hi". So that was already an encouragement to me. I still remember her first visits to preschool - and she didn't even notice the other children.
I was also pleased with Hezekiah's involvement today. Last year he had not enjoyed the tug-of-war and was a bit nervous about doing the challenges today. But he tried hard at them all and enjoyed the afternoon.
And as a nice end to the day, Taylor ended up winning overall.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Thankfully she was pleased to see her box with familiar things, and enjoyed playing with them all. She wasn't looking great and I wondered if we would see another seizure in the morning, so I asked Rachel to bring her cake for morning tea, rather than waiting for lunch.
Beautifully done Rachel.
One candle hidden behind the horn (I didn't think about that). It was nice to have her class sing for her and get to enjoy her cake together.
I ended up staying and helping with keeping her distracted till around 11. I was then able to head home for a bit before picking her up at 12:30.
The day went really well. Much better than it could have. Rachiel (her Teacher Aide) also commented on how well it went. We had both been prepared to potentially have a lot of screaming and even hitting - but she didn't do either. So wonderfully successful from that side of things.
BELOW: Nice to get a 2018 School photo of them all this afternoon.
They have "fitness" first thing in the morning and so we went outside with Asher. She ran over to where all the children were playing catch. Hezekiah spotted her and even tried to help teach her how to play. It was very special to see.
Her teacher suggested chalk for outside, so once she had lost interest in their game I got her drawing with the chalk (using "Wheels on the bus" song - which she often "draws" with at Champion Centre).
Her teacher also got some balls out which worked well and then gave Rachiel some bubbles. So she had a few different fun and familiar activities outside which was a great help.
The primary head teachers in the class on Thursday mornings after morning tea, and she gave me this encouraging feedback:
"We had a shared writing session on the mat, and I wrote a story about Asher being at school, and then asked a student to come and draw the picture to go with the story. Asher then also on her own accord, came up and took the pencil and also contributed to the story by drawing and making dots. She did this on more than one occasion and it was delightful to see."
We are all so very pleased that she is settling in so well and already starting to look at what the others are doing and even joining in.
Monday, February 5, 2018
This morning Asher had an MRI under general anaesthetic. They allowed Brendon to take a photo of the machine. Thankfully it all went well.
BELOW: Friday 2nd: Our first children's monthly photo on the new furniture. Much easier to get everyone on.
Asher didn't have a proper school visit today, but I did put her uniform on so that she could get used to it. She also spent the morning at Lynda's home (her first EIE at preschool) and had her school "box" with her. The idea is that she gets to know that it has all familiar activities in. It will be her "safe place" at school, so it was really nice for her to have the opportunity to play with the items in a safe environment (as she has been to Lynda's home before).
Asher thought it was fun too.
Saturday 3rd: Ruth having some fun with Asher.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Unfortunately Asher started pacing again this morning and had a seizure at 11:30.
As she looked ok after her sleep, I thought I would take her with to the pool this afternoon. Making sure her goggles went on before she walked into the pool area (as last time she walked past the pool first - so I wanted to make sure that wasn't the issue). Unfortunately after some fun in the pool she again had a seizure. So the mystery still remains as to why she coped for so many hours in the pools at Hanmer. Thankfully she had wanted to get out the pool and so she was walking around with me when the seizure started. It may have been a lot harder for me to get her out the pool.
Asher had another seizure this morning at 10:30. Just 1/2 a minute this time.
So there was no way I was taking her to the pool this afternoon. Brendon watched her and Anastasia though, so that I could go and have a swim with the children. It was so good to get a lot of lengths in. It was SO hot today, so it was great to cool off and get some exercise. The pool temperature has been in the 30s, but with the outside temp at 37, it's still wonderfully refreshing.
Fri 26th: Ruth setting up cuddles again. :-)
Rachel is very pleased with her upgrade.
(Note: Our next step was to sell her manual. Within a week of just mentioning that it was up for sale, it got sold.)
Hezekiah and Hannah enjoyed playing before and after the study and Hezekiah did really well sitting quietly through the study too. If only we had tried it a couple of weeks ago. :-)
BELOW: It was so hot again today and there was no ice cream in the freezer, so we decided to help everyone cool off with ice cream Sundays at the tearooms. A nice last minute family treat.
Looking so nice and neat.
Tuesday 30th: The children only start school tomorrow but Champion Centre started today. So Ruth came with me. It was great having her with to help with Asher as I had my hands full with Anastasia.
BELOW: An updated video of Anastasia "talking". I do wish I had gotten one with her talking to Debbie last week. It was so precious.
Thanks for filming Ruth.
Wednesday 31st: School started today but as Asher will be having visits next week and starting soon after that, I decided to wait on taking a "2018 school photo".
Dad and Hannah went to collect the eggs this afternoon and enjoyed a treat at the tearooms. It's working out well to have a forced little outing each week (even though the pickup is only 5 minutes away). It's a good excuse to get some one-on-one time.