The Favourite
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by Vickywoo
2M ago
One morning, as I laid in bed, with both of my children snuggled either side of me… Rex (who is eight), asked “Who is your favourite child?”. Of course I tried to side step and make light of this one by asking “Out of all the children in the world??”, but unfortunately he clarified “No, out of me and Audrey!”. And then they proceeded to push and pull saying “Me! It’s Me!”. Naturally, I told them they are both my favourites and they were left unsatisfied. But it sparked some thoughts. Because when Audrey was born, I guess I thought she could never be the favourite. She would always be the disa ..read more
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Camp Bestival!
awesomeaudreyemily
by Vickywoo
1y ago
We went to our went first (staying overnight) family festival in 2019: Camp Bestival. Not being a camper or even much of a festival goer, it was a big leap for me. Audrey was in the Camp Bestival campaign for 2019, which meant we could attend at a discounted rate and it forced me into trying festival life! We rented a camper van because camping is just not for me. Then I panicked about driving this huge camper van and roped my lovely friend into joining us and driving us. I wrote a bit about our experience in 2019 (when Audrey was six and Rex was three), but never published it. So now I can t ..read more
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Audrey turns nine!
awesomeaudreyemily
by Vickywoo
2y ago
When the birthday comes around, my musings about the past, present and future come too. So here we are. Nine years of Audrey. My summer baby I guess I would normally be talking about how far we’ve come since the surprise diagnosis postnatally. Sharing positives, expressing how much we love and appreciate her, but it’s also worth talking about the not-so-super-fantastic things about having a child with needs like Audrey’s. You see, in the early Instagram and blogging years, I read a few things other T21 mums said about pushing the whole “cute” angle with Down syndrome which can be damaging, and ..read more
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Dancing Queen
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by Vickywoo
2y ago
I’ve just had an extremely stressful (but fun) weekend and I definitely need to pour it out here on my neglected blog. I can usually write whatever it is I want to get off my chest/share with the world via an Instagram post, but this weekend was a biggie, so here I am. Let’s start with a brief note on Audrey’s dance history. At an early age (like many babies/toddlers), Audrey showed that she enjoyed music and moving to music. We went to all the usual music groups, as well as some a bit more different (me singing in a grown up choir whilst Audrey rolled around) and we listened to music at home ..read more
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Let them be little?
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by Vickywoo
2y ago
Audrey turns nine in July and she still loves CBeebies (for any non-UK readers, this is a preschoolers TV channel, aimed at babies up to around age six or seven). She still loves dolls. She loves her toy kitchen. She doesn’t choose to read independently (unless it’s her assigned reading book from school), but she loves to read picture books from memory and be read to. I am aware she is always going to be “younger” than her actual age. It’s not an issue for us and hasn’t really been a big deal, since having a younger brother has “allowed” her to continue to enjoy younger pursuits… In the same w ..read more
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Mother’s Day 2022
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by Vickywoo
2y ago
Is it me or is every holiday, awareness day, celebration, commercial nonsense etc now much bigger than they used to be? World Book Day is like Halloween, Halloween is like Christmas and Christmas is… well it’s still Christmas but it starts in November. Mother’s Day for me was always a time my family got together because we usually got together for a roast on a Sunday anyway. The only difference would be bunches of flowers and boxes of chocolates for Mum (she liked colourful arrangements and the smell of freesias, walnut whips and cards with ridiculous cheesy poems in). Now the Mother’s Day ma ..read more
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Audrey at 8 years old!
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by Vickywoo
2y ago
My baby girl turned eight this summer. Ok, so I have been neglecting the blog, I still use Instagram as my main daily/weekly outlet for what’s on my mind and what’s going on with us day to day. It’s not that I don’t often have a lot to say, it’s just that I don’t set aside the time to write all the thoughts down… And so, I drafted something for Audrey’s 8th birthday in July and forgot about it. I like to document her achievements and changes, so I am still going to write something, especially as it’s now October and therefore Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month. At eight years old, Audrey is stil ..read more
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Everybody died so we bought a house…
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by Vickywoo
3y ago
File this one under life milestones. At 42 and (almost) 40 respectively, we (Ted and I) have bought our first house. I often felt like we both made some strange financial decisions to get to this age with no home of our own or assumed that everyone else just had lots of money? It shouldn’t matter how you buy a home I guess. Inheritance, hand outs or hard work, but it certainly feels strange to know that we have this specific house because we have no parents. Whilst sharing pictures of the kids and general day to day on my Instagram, I didn’t mention our house hunt. We’ve been looking at houses ..read more
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Are things getting easier or am I getting braver?
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by Vickywoo
3y ago
Half term is done and dusted. Like many parents, as half term approached, I was torn between the feeling of relief that we don’t have to rush around to be at school on time and despair that I have to come up with ways to entertain two small children for a week, whilst squeezing in work. Train travel! I’m often quite slack at filling a school break with daily activities, but I like to have at least a couple of things booked in. Lockdown was certainly a time where we all realised that we could survive (just about) without having places to go or things “booked in”, suddenly we just had to make do ..read more
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Children’s picture books that deal with loss and death.
awesomeaudreyemily
by Vickywoo
3y ago
I usually like some sort of alliteration or pun in blog post title, it but in this case, like some of my favourite books about loss and death, I thought I’d be more direct. Ted and I have lost a lot of loved ones and know that we will lose many more, because, hey that’s life (and death). We definitely both feel that losing our parents before the age of 40 was too soon, but the real shame is the children no longer having any grandparents. Both grandfathers passed away before the kids were born, but our mothers died having known both Rex and Audrey and I was keen to find stories that would in so ..read more
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