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Our little water babies

31 Aug

I’ve been meaning to update the blog with further stories about how the kids have been developing over the last 2 months since living with us.

We have tried to make swimming an important part of our weekly routine as a family – and almost without fail have all been together once a week to one of the local swimming pools. We are blessed with 3 public pools to choose from in the area, so this has been great for keeping them motivated.

I have once again been overwhelmed by the improvements that both little ones have made in such a short space of time.

The first time we took them swimming was a little bit daunting for us as very new parents, because both little ones didn’t really behave in the most appropriate manner. But we were very keen to persevere, as we had been told in our adoption training that swimming with your adopted child could help build strong physical attachment. This is particularly important in the early days of placement and especially when adopting children, as we have, that are slightly older.

When adopting school age children there are not many opportunities to have close physical contact, skin on skin with your child – which is ultimately one of the best ways to replicate the baby/mother (or baby/father contact time in our case) that has been missed out on in the infant stages of the child’s life. This became very true during the first few times we took our little ones swimming.

Littler little one has gone from literally clinging on to one of our necks for dear life, screaming, physically shaking and shivering in the first couple of visits – to now swimming widths of the pool (and lengths if we would allow) and challenging bigger little one to how deep they can both dive under water and how high they can be thrown by Pappy or Daddy in to the air – before splashing down in the water!

Bigger little one has also leaped forward in confidence and ability – from the first few visits only wanting to play and splash around in the water, but reluctant to actually swim from a to b; to the contrast of during our last visit at the weekend actually swimming (albeit with arm bands and doing doggy paddle) more than 150 metres with only a few short rests during this mammoth accomplishment!

We couldn’t be prouder of how they have taken to swimming with our support and care. We know that they had been taken swimming before, but we don’t know how frequently or whether they were pushed to really try and swim properly, or just splash about in the water.

We’ve now laid some very strong foundations and helped to build their confidence and most importantly their enjoyment of the pool… the next challenge begins later this week when they start proper swimming lessons. Watch this space!

#day48 – Lion is racing ahead

18 Aug

Day 48 –  The ever competitive Mr Lion has been competing in the international Indie 500 balance bike championships! It is the final race of the year and he needs to win this one to take the title and the trophy. He is in the lead on the home straight and the finishing line is in sight… Can he hold on to the lead and win the race?


#day47 – Elephant’s dominos

17 Aug

Day 47 –  Elephant has been hard at work for hours, trying to build the perfect domino run… his persistence has paid off and it is ready to be knocked down, despite elephants having clumsy hands and a trunk that somewhat gets in the way – they instinct to never give up on something has served him well.


#day46 – Fox and Panda’s moon landing

16 Aug

Day 46 –  Panda and Fox have made it! Against all the odds the have flown through space and landed on the moon – planting their pink flag on the fluffy moon dust dunes… but will their landing pods make it back to earth?


#day45 – Fox and Panda the astronauts

15 Aug

Day 45 –  Panda and Fox are desperate to try their hand as astronauts and they blast off to space in a very special rocket ship – but will they make it to the Moon? What could possibly go wrong…


#day44 – Monkey and Dinosaur fail to pack light

14 Aug

Day 44 –  Monkey and Dinosaur are desperate to join the family on their big day out today, but they’re not too hot at packing light – they cant decide what clothes to pack, which toys to take or what to put in their picnic bag… The Family aren’t sure where Monkey and Dinosaur’s stuff is going to fit though!


#day43 – Monkey’s miscommunication

13 Aug

Day 43 –  Somehow Monkey had misunderstood Lion’s message about going surfing and had turned up with his laptop, instead of his swimmers and a surf board! He really needs to use his listening ears better, it will get him in big trouble one of these days and he definitely can’t use his computer as a surf board!


#day42 – Monkey the butterfly catcher

12 Aug

Day 42 –  Monkey’s love of butterflies has gotten a little obsessive and he is out in the #garden with his new butterfly net hoping to catch the elusive orange princess butterfly! He only wants to look at it, draw it and then set it free though!

#day41 – Lion’s painting

11 Aug

Day 41 –  Lion is possibly the most creative animal you could ever meet. If he is not juggling for the circus, or baking cakes for all his friends, you will probably find him in front of his artist’s easel painting something beautiful! Today he is doing a still life painting of some pretty flowers and a bowl of juicy fruit!

#day40 – Teddy bears picnic

10 Aug

Day 40 –  if you go down to the woods today…. There’s a wonderful teddy bears picnic going on! all of the teddy friends have come together for one big celebration

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