We went to play group with my friend in the morning. Hughan leads me around everywhere. I help called him walking, and he’s off. He now knows where everything is, and he is very keen to try it all out.
He gets on the swing and has a couple of turns and then he’s off again, wanting to do something else.
Over the weekend we had some friends around and there were 14 children at the house. Hughan joins in very well, playing in the sand pit and joining in with his little friends.
My friends are also interested in Hughan and if they ever asked questions about him we are very open to tell them what we know.
In the afternoon we went to our normal tea group. We all take it in turns to have that tea at our houses.
Today the friends we had tea with live in a complex. Hughan was getting very adventurous, going out to the gate and watching the big children play will start
Vil and Hughan had a game again, when we got home, crawling around chasing each other.
We spent the morning at play school with my friend. Hughan had a great time on the motorbikes and bicycles.
He is joining in well with the children. Today I lifted him up so he could feel the vibrations from the music on the speaker.
He is often pointing to his ear and shaking his head when he hears a sound.
Today I mentioned to Willem that he had said something that sounded like ‘mam!’, and Willem said he had thought he had said ‘tea’ when he saw his bottle – he is still babbling well.
We spent part of the morning playing with Lego, which he loves. When I built a house for the rabbit, Hughan likes to put him through the door and vocalises very well when he can see him through the windows.
In the afternoon we went out to the farm. He gets very excited when we get to the bumpy stretch as he knows exactly where we are going.
Vil and Hughan had a lovely game after dinner. They both crawled around the room chasing each other.
I decided that I would send Nessa the diary notes that I had done so far, so she could see what we were doing with Hughan in Gaborone.
Many people have commented on the change in Hughan. He is crawling around and his babbling has also improved. I am also finding it easier to get eye contact.
This morning we went to see my friend with the play group. Hughan was very pleased to be back. He started the morning with painting, which is very messy.
His main interest today was playing with the water. There is a table where the children can stand around. They have cups and saucers, and mini jugs. Hughan was covered in water by the time he was finished.
He poured the water from one jug to the other and poured it into the cups and drank the water and had a great time.
I found I was able to talk to him and he was quite happy to give his eye contact during play, so I felt we had achieved a lot today.
Hughan loves sitting on the chairs at the tables and part of the time I left him playing with four other boys his age, passing things to each other and throwing the Lego about and building with it.
A friend of mine in Gaborone looks after about 25 to 30 children on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The children are aged from one to 3 years old.
She has about five helpers that help her look after the children. She has offered me to go along with Hughan and join in.
Today was our first day. He painted a picture, played in the sand pit, had his turn on the swings, he joined in making music and dancing. He played with puzzles and joined in with all of the other children very well.
He had a great time. They have tables and chairs that they sit at to have their morning tea. All so sweet! We will definitely be going back to join in.
Hughan enjoyed every moment.
Eye contact is coming along very well! At times he is very good. Even if he is not always giving eye contact we are all still talking away to him.
The sayings he is responding to are – “no”, “come”, “goodbye”,” switch on the light”, “switch off the light”, “where’s daddy?” (There he is!) “Tina” (the dog), and a few others – and of course his name.
He is now getting very good at responding when he is called.
I feel things are going quite well and have noticed a few changes even in the last week.
I am sending you this update and hope you like the photos. We are enjoying our work.
In the morning we played with Hughan’s trolley and the blocks that fit into it.
Taking the blocks out of the trolley and putting them back in. Building and pushing the blocks over and then watching them all fall down.
He is definitely vocalising well, especially when he shows great interest in what he is doing.
In the afternoon we had a get together with the mums and children – we do this every Thursday afternoon.
Vil has his friends to play with and there are also some smaller children, Hughan’s age that play together.
Today Hughan and I played with the play dough. He liked the feel of it because it was cold to touch (as it had been in the fridge).
We talked about rolling the dough out on the board and patting it and pressing the moulds into it, making different shapes.
Vil had a swimming lesson in the afternoon at school, which is very close to where we live, so we had a walk down to the school and played with the brothers and sisters of the children in their lesson. He had a great time.
He is still not walking by himself, but instead holds onto my finger for some support and off he goes!!
Hughan played in the morning and we talked about the toys he played with.
In the afternoon we went out to a farm.
I teach a goal horse riding once a week and I always take the boys with me.
They have horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, peacocks and a parrot. The boys always have a great time.
I take Grace with me and she looks after Hughan while I am teaching. She shows him around the farm.
Hughan had a great time today with our little dog Tina to is lots of fun. He crawled after her at great speed.
He was vocalising very well, and laughing at her. She was running from room to room and he was trying to catch her. He is also starting to be very gentle with her.
Later in the day I visited a friend with children of the same age and Hughan joined in playing with no problem. He enjoyed the other children.