Instagram: Images December 2016

My current view – in bed with cat curled up on stomach & Sqk curled up alongside me….. taken Dec 04, 2016 @ 09:09
My current view - in bed with cat curled up on stomach & Sqk curled up alongside me..... #youmademyday

Starting to look like Christmas around here… taken Dec 04, 2016 @ 22:17
Starting to look like Christmas around here...

The final new appliance in our kitchen. Washer-dryer – saying goodbye to our Siemens washer that has given us 10.5 years sterling service with nothing being done to it. taken Dec 09, 2016 @ 18:14
The final new appliance in our kitchen. Washer-dryer - saying goodbye to our Siemens washer that has given us 10.5 years sterling service with nothing being done to it.

Sqk’s homework – well part of it. Sentences dictated to Mummy for describing picture using adjectives… taken Dec 11, 2016 @ 15:47
Sqk's homework - well part of it. Sentences dictated to Mummy for describing picture using adjectives...
I sit down for 2 minutes while Sqk occupied & someone else decides they need attention… taken Dec 11, 2016 @ 16:45
I sit down for 2 minutes while Sqk occupied & someone els decides they need attention...

Sqk’s treat from our hairdresser. Grateful to her as we were very late – forgetful Mummy taken Dec 15, 2016 @ 18:32
Sqk's treat from our hairdresser. Grateful to her as we were very late - forgetful Mummy

My Christmas jumper today… taken Dec 16, 2016 @ 08:38
My Christmas jumper today...
Henry-dog staying so attempt to run off energy from both of them…. taken Dec 17, 2016 @ 13:44
Henry-dog staying so attempt to run off energy from both of them....

Christmas cake stage 2 complete…icing will go on on Wednesday when I am Sqkless during day as last day at school. taken Dec 17, 2016 @ 15:14
Christmas cake stage 2 complete...icing will go on on Wednesday when I am Sqkless during day as last day at school.

Stage 3 of cake done…decoration will happen once icing is dry and Sqk can help… taken Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:25
Stage 3 of cake done...decoration will happen once icing is dry and Sqk can help...
Sqk has more cards than Daddy & I combined. Thanks to being at school. Had to put them on shelves as would mean no more space on our string… taken Dec 22, 2016 @ 13:47Sqk has more cards than Daddy & I combined. Thanks to being at school. Had to put them on shelves as would mean no more space on our string...

Decorated cake…with Sqk’s help… taken Dec 22, 2016 @ 18:53
Decorated cake...with Sqk's help...

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Instagram: Lego City Advent 2016


#legocityadvent Day 1: a pair of snowmen. Well snowboy & snow fireman…. taken Dec 02, 2016 @ 08:32
#legocityadvent Day 1: a pair of snowmen. Well snowboy & snow fireman....
#legocityadvent Day 2: a rocking fireman to join snow fireman. taken Dec 02, 2016 @ 08:34
#legocityadvent Day 2: a rocking fireman to join snow fireman.
#legocityadvent Day 3: yesterday. Rocking fireman got microphone & speaker. taken Dec 04, 2016 @ 09:31
#legocityadvent Day 3: yesterday. Rocking fireman got microphone & speaker.
#legocityadvent Day 4: rocking girl fireman joined by boy fireman. taken Dec 04, 2016 @ 09:32
#legocityadvent Day 4: rocking girl fireman joined by boy fireman.
#legocityadvent Day 5: fireman gets a snowmobile which he shows off to rocking firewoman. taken Dec 05, 2016 @ 17:46
#legocityadvent Day 5: fireman gets a snowmobile which he shows off to rocking firewoman.
#legocityadvent Day 6: our fireman friend likes his new snow-plough particularly as snow seems to have fallen… taken Dec 06, 2016 @ 17:16
#legocityadvent Day 6: our fireman friend likes his new snow-plough particularly as snow seems to have fallen...
#legocityadvent Day 7: fireman & rocking fire girl are not entirely sure what has arrived today….wreath on a fence? taken Dec 07, 2016 @ 16:26
#legocityadvent Day 7: fireman & rocking fire girl are not entirely sure what has arrived today....wreath on a fence?
#legocityadvent Day 8: fireboy talking to ice hockey playing Lego man taken Dec 08, 2016 @ 18:22
#legocityadvent Day 8: fireboy talking to ice hockey playing Lego man
#legocityadvent Day9: ice hockey boy & fireboy discuss what has arrived in the city today… taken Dec 09, 2016 @ 16:45
#legocityadvent Day9: ice hockey boy & fireboy discuss what has arrived in the city today...
#legocityadvent. Day 10: girl hockey player joining boy hockey player on the ice… taken Dec 10, 2016 @ 10:46
#legocityadvent. Day 10: girl hockey player joining boy hockey player on the ice...
#legocityadvent Day 11: a tree with lights arrives in the city taken Dec 11, 2016 @ 10:13
#legocityadvent Day 11: a tree with lights arrives in the city
#legocityadvent Day 12: Today the city has gained a decorated street light which rocking firegirl has immediately appropriated… taken Dec 12, 2016 @ 17:37
#legocityadvent Day 12: Today the city has gained a decorated street light which rocking firegirl has immediately appropriated...
#legocityadvent Day 13: bearded firefighter not entirely sure what the city maintenance guy is doing but has come to say hello anyway. taken Dec 13, 2016 @ 17:05
#legocityadvent Day 13: bearded firefighter not entirely sure what the city maintenance guy is doing but has come to say hello anyway.
#legocityadvent Day 14: yesterday's city maintenance guy now has an explanation for his control unit – today he has a drone. taken Dec 14, 2016 @ 17:36
#legocityadvent Day 14: yesterday's city maintenance guy now has an explanation for his control unit - today he has a drone.
#legocityadvent Day 15: everyone crowds round the new shop that has appeared in the city taken Dec 15, 2016 @ 18:31
#legocityadvent Day 15: everyone crowds round the new shop that has appeared in the city
#legocityadvent Day 16: maintenance man gets another drone to explore with… taken Dec 16, 2016 @ 08:35
#legocityadvent Day 16: maintenance man gets another drone to explore with...
#legocityadvent Day 17: everyone crowds round to admire the new market stall. taken Dec 17, 2016 @ 14:28
#legocityadvent Day 17: everyone crowds round to admire the new market stall.
#legocityadvent Day 18: Bearded fireman & maintenance guy are not sure about the new gentleman who has arrived…why is he in breathing gear & what is he carrying… taken Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:11
#legocityadvent Day 18: Bearded fireman & maintenance guy are not sure about the new gentleman who has arrived...why is he in breathing gear & what is he carrying...
#legocityadvent Day 19: answer to yesterday provided by a pizza oven today. Strange guy is a pizza cook in breathing apparatus. taken Dec 19, 2016 @ 17:33
#legocityadvent Day 19: answer to yesterday provided by a pizza oven today. Strange guy is a pizza cook in breathing apparatus.
#legocityadvent Day 20: today the city folk gain two cash machines they think…. taken Dec 20, 2016 @ 17:47
#legocityadvent Day 20: today the city folk gain two cash machines they think....
#legocityadvent Day 21: today the good folks of the city finally get a Christmas tree. taken Dec 21, 2016 @ 08:55
#legocityadvent Day 21: today the good folks of the city finally get a Christmas tree.
#legocityadvent Day 22: today the city folk are joined by a husky complete with feeding trough.. taken Dec 22, 2016 @ 14:04
#legocityadvent Day 22: today the city folk are joined by a husky complete with feeding trough..
#legocityadvent Day 23: today Santa's sleigh arrived but no sign of the red-suited guy himself taken Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:35
#legocityadvent Day 23: today Santa's sleigh arrived but no sign of the red-suited guy himself
#legocityadvent Day 24: today Father Christmas has finally arrived. taken Dec 24, 2016 @ 08:43
#legocityadvent Day 24: today Father Christmas has finally arrived.

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Reflections

Well following parents evening a few weeks back and a meeting with the SENCO & Sqk’s class teacher a couple of Fridays ago, we are coming to the conclusion that we need to chase a diagnosis for Sqk. School once again suggested ADHD but our gut reaction is no .. backed up by his childminder (has been nanny to ADHD children) & my mother. I grew up with ADHD in my life as it is one (among several) conditions my brother has. Reading around and also taking a closer look at recent photos has us suspecting FASD – at least somewhere. So much fits other than his general cognitive ability – he struggles with handwriting but that is a fine motor control issue. His photos show some of the facial characteristics which would fit with what we suspect in that birth mother probably drank before she realised she was pregnant and then stopped.

He has 1:1 support in an afternoon at school and his teacher is doing what she can in a morning but his inability to focus for more than 5 minutes in a classroom is making it hard. He rarely joins in with rest of class – often sits with a Where’s Wally or similar book round corner apparently not engaging. However he is to a degree, given her story of the little voice chiming in from round the corner on several occasions when other children cannot answer question. The school have recognised his need for outdoor time (does help older adopted child in school really needs it), but are saying he is in many ways the hardest of the three adopted children currently in school as he has no learning difficulties as such – just the fine motor issue and inability to focus or sit still.

Between our referral to community paediatrician plus getting PAS involved and school’s approach via school nurse and EDPsych (eventually) hopefully we will get somewhere and find the appropriate therapies and interventions to help Sqk. He has a lot of potential if we can just get him supported and work through these issues. It may of course turn out to be mainly social immaturity but school feel it is more and at the moment we would agree. So on we tread with support of our new PASW who at least is listening and also being new to support team is working with manager in who I have some trust. Just got to hope imminent regionalisation doesn’t effect things.