It seems we have a cheeky monkey on our hands…

On collecting Ella from nursery on Thursday, I was met with ‘She’s been a right cheeky monkey today!’. ‘Uh-Oh’ I thought! 

She had been looking at a picture of a dog with Lucy, her key worker. Lucy had asked Ella ‘What is it?’ knowing full well Ella can recognise a dog, do the sign and say the word.

‘Pig!’ Ella exclaimed (and signed) followed by putting her hand over her mouth and laughing mischievously. Even when one of the other children came over and signed ‘Dog’ to Ella she continued to say and sign ‘pig’, laughing all the while.

This little story from Ella’s day made me smile for a couple of reasons. Not only is she beginning to show us all her cheeky sense of humour, I was also touched that the other children have been learning makaton and that they are able to communicate with Ella and therefore include her.

We were treated to Ella’s new ‘trick’ this morning in her Speech Therapy session. She chose a rabbit and when asked what it was… you guessed it…

‘Pig!’ hahahaha.

Here is a picture of our little cheeky monkey xx


Amy Dunn

Our first baby, Ella Mary, was born at the end of November 2010. We were shocked to find out soon after her birth that she has Down's Syndrome. I was determined from the start that Down's Syndrome will never define Ella or what she is able to do. We will provide for her everything she needs to become the child and the person she deserves to be. There will be hard times ahead.... there are already many hard times behind us. But I already know that the good times will always outweigh the hard times. She has taught me so much in such a short time and seeing life from a new perspective is a privilege that not many of us get the chance to experience.

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