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Amy Dunn

About 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.

Amy Dunn

12 Oct

The tale of the lost slippers

I haven’t had a decent, proper pair of slippers for a long time. So, a couple of weeks ago I treated myself while out shopping, especially thinking of the cooler days ahead, night feeds with a newborn and also just …

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9 Jul

It’s been a while…

I hadn’t actually realised that it had been so long since I posted something, anything on here! ¬†The blog has crossed my mind over the last few months but I’ve been struggling a bit with ‘writers block’ and not really …

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21 Feb

Call the Midwife episode featuring a character with Down’s Syndrome

  Being a regular viewer of the BBC One drama ‘Call the Midwife’, I noticed last week during the preview for this weeks episode that there was to be a character with Down’s¬†Syndrome appearing. I was intrigued and a little …

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7 Jan

Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza dough recipe Something a little different from my usual content but as it’s a new year, there are new things to share and new directions to explore! After being repeatedly asked for the recipe whenever I’ve made pizza for …

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26 Nov

Now you are six

A letter for Ella…To Ella, our wonderful girl, today you are 6!Six years since I missed my own baby shower because you decided to show up three weeks early. Six years since our journey into the unexpected started. Six years …

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6 Nov

Our little Rainbow

I have fond memories from my childhood of my time as a Brownie and Girl Guide…   Drinking my first cup of tea at Brownie camp, first time away from my mum and dad (a whole 3 miles down the …

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17 Oct

Superstar

I’m still getting used to the double drop off and pick ups on the school run, with Ella and Lucy being at different places for this school year. Wednesday to Friday, Lucy is in pre-school which means I drop off …

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7 Oct

A World Without Downs

I will write more about ‘A World Without Down’s/NIPT soon – I need some time to gather my thoughts first (and I’ve got a poorly Ella to look after at the moment!). ¬†The following post is cobbled together from my …

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27 Sep

Milk monitor

I’m still struggling with getting back into the school routine. ¬†Mornings particularly are a hectic and stressful time of day for me – as they probably are in most houses where school age children live. Ian leaves for work at …

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22 Sep

Visit from the Tooth Fairy

When Ella was a baby, one of many things we were told (that subsequently turned out not to be the case), was that as she had Down’s Syndrome she would teeth later than other babies and when they did start …

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4 Sep

Potty Training a child with Down’s Syndrome – our journey

Potty training is a rite of passage and a skill that most children conquer between the ages of 2 and 4 years of age. ¬†And, just like every other life skill children have to master, some get the hang of …

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21 Aug

End of an era: Lucy leaves nursery

This was our last time ever through the big blue doors…   Five years ago, I carried Ella through these doors in her car seat as a little baby, when life was still so full of worry and uncertainty. ¬†The …

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16 Aug

Summer Baking Class with Ella

We are almost half way through our summer holiday. ¬†We’ve had some lovely family days out, seen family and friends. There have also been days where we’ve had nothing planned and just spent some much needed time at home and …

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27 Jul

Learning and Growing

That’s it!¬†Reception year is finished… School is finally out for summer… Wow, that year went fast. The once pristine book bag is now looking well used, the hem on her dresses is much shorter and I’ve been praying for a …

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15 Jul

A Butterfly In The Wind…

I can’t believe that Ella only has two more weeks left in her reception year at school. This time last year I was so full of anticipation, hope and worry at the thought of sending her to school… ¬† ¬† …

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30 Jun

I See…

I look at these photographs and see so many things…¬† ¬† ¬† I see my little artist drawing – one of her favourite things to do. I see her concentration and focus on the task at hand. I see a …

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22 Jun

Heart MOT

It’s been 5 years since Ella had her heart surgery at Alder Hey. We celebrated her ‘heart day’ just a few weeks ago with a bit of quiet reflection, lots of thankfulness and of course, cake… Today we went back …

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8 Apr

Heart & Sold Art exhibition

We have recently spent two lovely Saturday afternoons visiting Salford Museum and Art Gallery.¬† ¬† Our reason for visiting was the recent opening of the ‘Heart & Sold‘ Art exhibition. This unique and special art collection was previewed in London …

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8 Mar

A little something extra… Everyday

The Celebrating difference¬† I don’t think about or see Ella’s Down’s syndrome everyday. I used to, but not now. ¬†On the face of it she is like many typical 5 year olds. She goes to school, has lots of friends, …

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31 Jan

Losing Down’s syndrome?

This is Ella at 2 days old, snuggled with her daddy. Loved and protected. All that she knew and all that she needed.       And in so many ways, I wish we could keep her just like this. …

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7 Jan

The year that was – 2015

I always enjoy writing these end of year posts on the blog. ¬†What we’ve done, where we’ve been, who we’ve met and what we have learnt. It’s always lovely to be able to look back and see where the year …

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23 Nov

Mummy

I was sorting through Ella’s school book bag on Sunday evening, getting ready for the week ahead. In and amongst the parent governor nomination letter, her communication book and the many drawings she comes home with on a daily basis, …

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21 Oct

A Pink Umbrella

Today was wet! And we can’t complain too much as the weather has been quite dry of late. But I guess it’s that time of year when the days are just going to get darker, colder and wetter. After I’d …

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25 Sep

Ready for the School run…

Ella’s been in school for 3 weeks now. She has settled well, is participating activities and learning along side her peers. She loves her teacher, giving her a big hug as a greeting each morning.¬† She knows where her peg …

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21 Sep

Proud Moments – {September 2015}

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.¬† We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome …

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3 Sep

Starting school

On Monday, Ella’s next adventure begins… ¬† The Education Health and Care Plan has been finalised, the school uniform bought and my head is fit to explode with equal measures of pride, worry and love. My big girl is going …

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24 Aug

We Three Teds

‘Three teds (Dotty the Cat, Olive the Lion and Frank the Monkey) ¬†travelling the world visiting real families who want to share their lives – each is lucky to love a person with Down Syndrome’… Our visit from Dotty the …

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2 Aug

Runner bean

Ella very much lives for the moment… I love that about her, but it does bring with it certain challenges. ¬†And this is in no way meant to be a negative post, just an honest one. I am finding it …

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23 Jun

Proud Moments – June 2015

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.¬† We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome …

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7 Jun

Sliding Doors

These are my two babies at their 20 week scans… ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Look very similar, don’t they? Both loved, wanted and unique. ¬†However, one of …

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1 Jun

The ‘Magic’

A couple of years ago, I nursed a lovely old lady. I’d not met her before and while helping her to have a wash, we got talking about her and her family. She told me about her husband, their two …

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20 Apr

The language of life

I often wish I could get inside Ella’s head… ¬† I wonder what the world is like from her perspective, what she sees, how she thinks and how she feels. ¬† I’ve had a challenging time with her recently – …

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17 Apr

School and the EHCP

As with a lot of families across the country, this week we received our offer of a place at Primary School for Ella. ¬†We did our research and ended up choosing our local, mainstream school that we live in the …

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21 Mar

Proud moments – {March 2015}

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.¬† We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome …

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20 Feb

{Proud Moments} – February 2015

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.¬† We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome …

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15 Feb

Oh Help, Oh No…It’s a Gruffalo!!

Friday was an inset day for Ella, before her half term break starts. With Lucy at her nursery as usual, I had a rare day to spend with just my big girl. A quick google search for local days out …

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21 Jan

{Proud Moments} – January 2015

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.¬† We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome …

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19 Jan

Living Arrows 2015 {3/52}

My East Coast American cousins will wonder what we’re all so excited about this side of the pond… But we’ve had SNOW!! Not as much as they’re used to but enough for a snowman (or two) and a few snowballs. …

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12 Jan

Living Arrows 2015 {2/52}

This weekend I got to spend some time with just Ella while my mum looked after Lucy. An adventure with my big girl… Her nursery had organised a trip to see ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ at The Lowry …

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8 Jan

Unexpected Thanks

I used to think I was a pretty organised person. As the years have progressed and I now have more responsibilities (and less time) I am slowly coming around to the realisation that how organised I think I am and …

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5 Jan

Living Arrows 2015 {1/52}

Thought I’d start off this years Living Arrows project with some pictures of both girls, so I can look back at the end of the year and see how they have grown and changed. Here’s my biggest girl who just …

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30 Dec

Another year over…

The presents have been opened, lots of food eaten and lots of fun with family has been had. Now the decorations are down as we say farewell to Christmas and await the beginning of a new year… ¬†A good time …

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21 Dec

{Proud Moments} – December 2014

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome …

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9 Dec

Now I am 4!

Happy Birthday Ella! For some reason, 4 seems so much bigger and older than 3 to me. I feel as though she’s grown up so much, more than the passing of just one year… ¬† ¬† 3 to 4… A …

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21 Nov

{Proud Moments} – November 2014

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome …

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24 Oct

Sisters #4

Through the recent sleepless nights, two poorly girls, temperatures, tears (including mine!) and snot there have been lots of (mostly) lovely moments between my little ladies. ¬†Seemingly small, trivial and fleeting things that don’t mean very much on their own …

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21 Oct

{Proud Moments} – October 2014

There’s a lovely little thing that happens every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group.¬†We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the three copies of chromosome 21 …

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6 Oct

Pre-school begins

We are already 3 weeks into Ella’s first term at pre-school. ¬†Time is flying by! And I’m happy to report that she seems to be loving it and has settled in really well. ¬†I was able to drop her off …

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29 Sep

My Big Girl and I, Part 2

This is my last Monday with only Ella while Lucy is in nursery. Then it’s back to normal from next week. So today I thought we’d do something that would be nigh on impossible with both of them and that …

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21 Sep

Proud moments – September

There’s this lovely little thing that happens on the 21st of every month in the ‘Future of Downs’ Facebook group. We celebrate our children’s milestones and share what’s made us proud. We do this on the 21st to represent the …

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9 Sep

My Big Girl and I, Part 1

To cut a long and rather boring story short, for the next few weeks Lucy is going to nursery on a Monday meaning I get a day a week with Ella by herself.This Monday was our first day together. ¬†After …

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3 Sep

I Heart my girl

Just a quick post.¬† Ella had her yearly cardiac review today. It soon comes around! I know I’ve said this before, but it’s still the appointment I worry about the most and the one I lose sleep over. I doubt …

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23 Aug

3 years later…

3 years ago this week, I started a blog. A blog about my baby daughter Ella. A lot had happened since her birth and I wanted to capture her milestones and achievements and to share our journey. I wanted to …

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6 Aug

Little butterfly

Today was Ella’s leavers party at nursery. Saying goodbye to all the children leaving to go to school or pre school. They had a great day, with bouncy castle, games and party food. There was still very much a party …

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3 Aug

On a Roll

I suddenly seem to have a little girl by my side, no longer a toddler… She’s very independent, chatty, pushing boundaries and generally growing up way too fast. ¬† Over the last few weeks, the biggest change in her has …

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22 Jun

Learning disability week 2014

To celebrate this years learning disability week, Mencap have chosen ‘firsts’ as their focus topic. Wonderful stories of first days at school, first dates, first homes, jobs and other milestones have been shared by people all week.¬† It’s made me …

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20 Jun

Sleeping lion

When I was little, my parents would often find me asleep on the landing outside their bedroom door when they got up in a morning. I have vague memories of doing this and seem to remember taking my blanket with …

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6 May

The Learning Journey

Last week we received confirmation of Ella’s pre-school place… Can’t actually believe I’ve just typed that. Pre-school?! Where have the last 4 years gone?!¬† I’m already an emotional wreck about it. ¬†She will be leaving the wonderful nursery she’s been …

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13 Apr

Living arrows 15/52 –

The time, place, family and story behind the picture may be different. But if you look back through many a baby photo album there are certain scenes that get re-enacted time and time again.¬† A brand new, pink baby in …

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7 Apr

Living arrows 14/52 – snuggles

Today was mostly wet and miserable. This afternoon while Lucy napped, Ella and I cuddled on the chair and watched some TV. ¬†It’s very rare these days that it’s only Ella and I – makes every little snuggle more important …

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5 Apr

Living arrows 13/52 – my little artist

Ella just loves drawing. She often asks for ‘paper’ and will sit and draw at her little table for ages. It seems to be the one activity that holds her attention and calms her inner whirlwind for a time. Her …

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24 Mar

Living arrows 12/52

After a couple of weeks of illness and teething, our happy girl is back… +1003   

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24 Mar

Living arrows 12/52

After a couple of weeks of illness and teething, our happy girl is back… +1028   

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21 Mar

Living arrows 11/52 – raising awareness xx

So, breaking with the norm a bit here.. A video rather than a picture but it’s World Downs Syndrome awareness week and this sums it up nicely xx http://youtu.be/ssGqVO6BBBM +1024   

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21 Mar

Living arrows 11/52 – raising awareness xx

So, breaking with the norm a bit here.. A video rather than a picture but it’s World Downs Syndrome awareness week and this sums it up nicely xx http://youtu.be/ssGqVO6BBBM +1075   

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17 Mar

Lose the label campaign

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness week – there couldn’t be a more appropriate time for Ella to be featured in the powerful and emotive photo campaign entitled ‘Lose the Label’… It took a long time, but I don’t think …

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17 Mar

Lose the label campaign

This week is Down’s Syndrome Awareness week – there couldn’t be a more appropriate time for Ella to be featured in the powerful and emotive photo campaign entitled ‘Lose the Label’… It took a long time, but I don’t think …

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14 Mar

Living arrows 10/52 – First of Spring…

Lovely afternoons in the garden with my girls this week. ¬†Lets hope this lovely weather continues! +1068   

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14 Mar

Living arrows 10/52 – First of Spring…

Lovely afternoons in the garden with my girls this week. ¬†Lets hope this lovely weather continues! +1027   

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8 Mar

Living arrows 9/52 – family

So here’s this weeks living arrows. Better late than never, can you tell I’m back at work now?…¬† Here’s Ella with my two younger brothers at Fountains Abbey last weekend. I love them as my brothers, but love them even …

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8 Mar

Living arrows 9/52 – family

So here’s this weeks living arrows. Better late than never, can you tell I’m back at work now?…¬† Here’s Ella with my two younger brothers at Fountains Abbey last weekend. I love them as my brothers, but love them even …

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5 Mar

The rest will follow…

Ever since Ella was a tiny baby there has been huge emphasis on supporting and helping her development. ¬†Over the last three years she’s had medical and developmental input from physiotherapy, speech therapy, dietitians, paediatrician, specialist nurses, cardiac team, feeding …

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5 Mar

The rest will follow…

Ever since Ella was a tiny baby there has been huge emphasis on supporting and helping her development. ¬†Over the last three years she’s had medical and developmental input from physiotherapy, speech therapy, dietitians, paediatrician, specialist nurses, cardiac team, feeding …

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25 Feb

Living arrows 8/52 – in the picture

Since becoming a mum, I’ve taken hundreds (possibly thousands) of photos. Early days, baby firsts, special days, family, friends, funny moments, milestones. They are a lasting reminder of both our daughters time in this world. Looking through them the other …

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25 Feb

Living arrows 8/52 – in the picture

Since becoming a mum, I’ve taken hundreds (possibly thousands) of photos. Early days, baby firsts, special days, family, friends, funny moments, milestones. They are a lasting reminder of both our daughters time in this world. Looking through them the other …

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18 Feb

Adventures with Henry

On valentines day, Ella bought a friend home with her from nursery to stay for the weekend. ¬†He came with a list of likes and dislikes, a diary for us to write in and he seemed to be a well …

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18 Feb

Adventures with Henry

On valentines day, Ella bought a friend home with her from nursery to stay for the weekend. ¬†He came with a list of likes and dislikes, a diary for us to write in and he seemed to be a well …

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16 Feb

Living arrows 7/52 – one little pirate jumping on the bed!

I’ve had a tough week with Ella, she’s been stroppy, defiant and shouting when she’s tired, frustrated or things aren’t going her way. Learning how to handle her when she’s like this and trying to decipher what’s wrong has been …

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16 Feb

Living arrows 7/52 – one little pirate jumping on the bed!

I’ve had a tough week with Ella, she’s been stroppy, defiant and shouting when she’s tired, frustrated or things aren’t going her way. Learning how to handle her when she’s like this and trying to decipher what’s wrong has been …

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10 Feb

Living arrows – 6/52

Loving watching Ella and Lucy’s relationship develop. Ella at times can be bossy, reluctant to share, rough and there’s a little jealousy creeping in now too. Lucy is beginning to assert herself when Ella removes her toys or is too …

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10 Feb

Living arrows – 6/52

Loving watching Ella and Lucy’s relationship develop. Ella at times can be bossy, reluctant to share, rough and there’s a little jealousy creeping in now too. Lucy is beginning to assert herself when Ella removes her toys or is too …

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5 Feb

The Adventures of Max the Dog & Ella the Princess

My brother and sister in law wrote a book for Ella a while ago. It features her as well as some beloved family pets (Max the dog and Gordon the cat).¬† My brother has spent many hours and lots of …

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5 Feb

The Adventures of Max the Dog & Ella the Princess

My brother and sister in law wrote a book for Ella a while ago. It features her as well as some beloved family pets (Max the dog and Gordon the cat).¬† My brother has spent many hours and lots of …

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3 Feb

Living arrows 5/52

Ella…a million and one things before she is a child with Down’s syndrome.¬† Sister, daughter, friend, mischief maker, banana fiend, puddle splasher, bookworm, hairbrush hater, Mr Tumble’s No 1 fan, trampoline jumper, climber, cat lover and makeup artist… My Ella …

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3 Feb

Living arrows 5/52

Ella…a million and one things before she is a child with Down’s syndrome.¬† Sister, daughter, friend, mischief maker, banana fiend, puddle splasher, bookworm, hairbrush hater, Mr Tumble’s No 1 fan, trampoline jumper, climber, cat lover and makeup artist… My Ella …

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26 Jan

Living Arrows 4/52 – sweet dreams

This weekend we decided to move Ella out of her cot bed (which we need for Lucy) and into a proper single bed. ¬†I had no worries about the transition (other than she’s growing up too fast!), Ella’s been sleeping …

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26 Jan

Living Arrows 4/52 – sweet dreams

This weekend we decided to move Ella out of her cot bed (which we need for Lucy) and into a proper single bed. ¬†I had no worries about the transition (other than she’s growing up too fast!), Ella’s been sleeping …

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20 Jan

Living arrows 3/52 – Moving Up

This last week, Ella has moved up to the over 3’s group at nursery. ¬†She left the baby room 18 months ago and has continued to flourish since then. ¬†And suddenly, she’s become a real little girl now, certainly knows …

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20 Jan

Living arrows 3/52 – Moving Up

This last week, Ella has moved up to the over 3’s group at nursery. ¬†She left the baby room 18 months ago and has continued to flourish since then. ¬†And suddenly, she’s become a real little girl now, certainly knows …

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12 Jan

Living Arrows 2/52- Lucy

This weeks pictures are of Lucy. I’ve been told she doesn’t feature enough on the blog, which I guess is true being that Ella has dominated this space for the last 2 or so years…¬† So Lucy and I have …

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12 Jan

Living Arrows 2/52- Lucy

This weeks pictures are of Lucy. I’ve been told she doesn’t feature enough on the blog, which I guess is true being that Ella has dominated this space for the last 2 or so years…¬† So Lucy and I have …

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11 Jan

The Little Things (again!)

Watching Ella develop and grow into the independent, defiant, funny child she is today has been one of the best things about being a mum. Along the way, we’ve always been more appreciative of the little things she achieves. Small …

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11 Jan

The Little Things (again!)

Watching Ella develop and grow into the independent, defiant, funny child she is today has been one of the best things about being a mum. Along the way, we’ve always been more appreciative of the little things she achieves. Small …

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6 Jan

Living Arrows 1/52 – cat and snuggle

Living Arrows – A portrait every week of what having children is all about. ¬†Some weeks it will be Ella or Lucy, others a favourite toy, place, meal or just something that has caught my eye that wouldn’t neccessarily have …

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29 Dec

Looking back…

I know it wont be the same for everyone, but for us, on the whole 2013 was a good year. This time last year, I was announcing my pregnancy, Ella was just taking her first steps alone and the house …

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29 Dec

Looking back…

I know it wont be the same for everyone, but for us, on the whole 2013 was a good year. This time last year, I was announcing my pregnancy, Ella was just taking her first steps alone and the house …

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20 Dec

The magic of Christmas

They say that having children re-kindles the magic and innocence of Christmas. ¬†And this year, Ella’s 4th Christmas, I have had my first glimpses of that ‘magic’ in action. On Tuesday there was a special Christmas visitor to the opportunity …

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12 Dec

Sisters #3

Ella often asks to *cuddle Lucy… *(replace cuddle with ‘hold in a headlock and generally manhandle’ which is actually a more accurate description).¬† Lucy has always tolerated this interaction with her big sister really well – she really seems to …

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12 Dec

Sisters #3

Ella often asks to *cuddle Lucy… *(replace cuddle with ‘hold in a headlock and generally manhandle’ which is actually a more accurate description).¬† Lucy has always tolerated this interaction with her big sister really well – she really seems to …

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9 Dec

Now I am 3!

So, now she’s 3… How did that happen?!¬† She has achieved so much this last year and shows no signs of stopping. ¬†She’s gone from taking one or two solo steps just after her 2nd birthday to now running round …

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30 Nov

Everyday is a Rainbow Day…

Ella has always had a keen desire to learn. I feel massively responsible to nurture this wonderful trait and provide lots of opportunity for her to learn new things, introduce her to new experiences and (probably most importantly) allow¬†her to …

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30 Nov

Everyday is a Rainbow Day…

Ella has always had a keen desire to learn. I feel massively responsible to nurture this wonderful trait and provide lots of opportunity for her to learn new things, introduce her to new experiences and (probably most importantly) allow¬†her to …

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26 Nov

Happy Birthday Ella xx

Very busy 3 year old… wouldn’t stay still for any photos! ¬† Birthday post coming soon after the weekend’s celebrations with family xx Now you are three xx +515   

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26 Nov

Happy Birthday Ella xx

Very busy 3 year old… wouldn’t stay still for any photos! ¬† Birthday post coming soon after the weekend’s celebrations with family xx Now you are three xx +542   

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12 Nov

Bedtime adventures of Ella & Cat…

Ella’s always been so good at going to bed, getting herself to sleep and on the whole sleeping through til morning.¬† Her¬†bedtime routine has remained pretty much the same since she was around 6 months old; bath, drink, brush teeth, …

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5 Nov

Sister Act…

Ella’s become really wary of the camera (once again) and isn’t up for having her photo taken at the moment. ¬†I’ve tried a few times to get a picture of Ella and Lucy together, that’s half decent and finally managed …

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Amy Dunn

29 Oct

Thief!

We are lucky in that getting Ella to eat fruit and vegetables has never been an issue. ¬†She’s a little fruit bat who will choose blueberries or carrot sticks over cake or biscuits any day. Her favourite fruit is bananas …

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Amy Dunn

11 Oct

Welcoming autumn

We’ve had some lovely weekend day trips to my mums recently. ¬†Trying to squeeze as many days out in the garden as we can before the cold weather sets in. ¬†It’ll soon be time for warm clothes, hot chocolates, autumn …

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Amy Dunn

7 Oct

Similar sisters xx

Down’s syndrome awareness month, day 4…¬†#DSAM2013One of the worries I had when we were told that Ella had Down’s syndrome was that she wouldn’t look like us…Although every person with Down’s syndrome share certain features or characteristics with one another, …

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Amy Dunn

7 Oct

Cheeky (pig) Monkey!

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 …

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Amy Dunn

23 Sep

Flower Power!

Last weekend, Ella and Lucy were the flower girls at my brothers wedding. ¬†They wore beautiful matching dresses, sparkly shoes and Ella had a lovely heart adorned with bells to carry instead of flowers. ¬†Although she didn’t fully understand what …

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Amy Dunn

22 Sep

Heart check-up

In the early days, when Ella was a baby there were lots of appointments. So many in fact that it was impossible to plan the weeks activities. In those first few months Ella spent more time in hospital waiting rooms, …

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3 Sep

Dancing Queen

It’s becoming more and more apparent that Ella likes music. ¬† We went to a wedding on Saturday and she loved the post ceremony entertainment of singer and keyboard player. ¬†By the end of the third song she was in …

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Amy Dunn

22 Aug

Superheroes

The following post is written for Learning Disability Week – an annual awareness-raising campaign organised by Mencap. This year it takes place from 19-25 August and will celebrate people with a learning disability, their families and supporters by asking the …

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