Monday, September 20, 2010

Ira is determined to walk down the steps. Here I am giving him a hand. He is getting more steady and much faster on his feet.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ira's first 3 weeks (Rowan)

Here are some older photos of Ira durning his first two weeks here at City Kids. Looking back at these it is easy to see how far Ira has come in a very short amount of time. He is much more willing to walk rather than crawl and needs much less physical support to get around outside. All I can say is GO IRA !!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ira steps up

Ira has been really pushing himself today - Firstly he managed to step down from the french doors to the deck, with me holding his hand for balance. He really had to think about which foot to put first, but worked it our for himself. Later he stepped back up, using the bar on the french doors to hold on to for support (see video) no need for crawling down backwards now! We have also discovered that Ira can climb onto our tables without any support at all!!!!

Open letter to all professionals

Although we think we are extremely lucky with the therapists, doctors and specialists we get to work with to support Ira – this article touched us and explains simply and eloquently some of our experiences.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Up and Down

I have been meaning to put this story on for ages..... have finally found email with log ins. Did you want us to all log in under the same log in or would you prefer to have separate ones so you can see who has posted which info? I will talk with the other teachers about uploading their stories about Ira onto the blog, so most stories in his profile book should also be on the blog.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Ira is 2! First days at Citykids!

Well, Ira has now started his days at Citykids!

He is loving it.

He has a terrific family group teacher, Rowan, who he keeps on her toes, as most of the day (come rain or shine) I'm sure he would rather be in the outdoor area,  He makes a bee line for it as soon as he arrives.
Ira has only just started walking, so the jungle-gym and other climbing things scare us witless but are his favourite places to be.  He just wants to climb onto, over, through everything.

He's well known at CK through having dropped his big sis there for the past year - and the kids love him and the centre has been so encouraging and helpful.  We are very lucky to have such a wonderful place for him to play, grow and learn in over the next couple of years. 

We had Ira's eyes checked at the hospital to monitor the optic nerve swelling following his last surgery and the one fleeting glance that the Registrar got, appeared to confirm he no longer had pailoedema .
I'm not sure how accurate or concrete that is- as he couldn't check the other one, but we're in their hands.

Ira is now 87cm tall which is somewhere between the 50th and 75th percentile and 13.15kgs which is the 75th percentile.

We are really excited Ira has started at Daycare.. watch this space!