Well considering we arrive about 45 minutes before he's due to go out to his lesson to put his skates on. His skate are great... they open almost to the toe, just because of the spascisity in his feet, It takes about 10-15 minutes to put the skate on his more spastic foot and about 6-10 minutes on his not so spastic right foot. I have to say that I am getting better at putting them on and this time after I took his skates off his feet felt like mine and he said "ahhhhh Nice Feet!" before they became stiffer again... Did I mention the changing rooms are downstairs? so there is the bumping of his stroller down the stairs with his frame with mine and his skate bags? Then the 20-25 minutes to put skates on Oatie... his harness is really easy to put on so maybe 5 mins and then I put my skates on and navigating the doors etc... so we do fill the 45 minutes arrival right till we step out. My friend giggles as the lesson is 30 minutes and We spend 45 to get ready for it.
|About to catch the Beach Ball... look at his Smile!|
Then he had his distaste of going around the pilons...(Cones) and literally stuck his pic in. Now he can Steer too.. So I'm now encountering a new era with him. Totally fascinating as well obviously he's his own person and has his own ideas and thoughts most of which he didn't have the ability to converse or convey... but now he's beginning to and it's really intriguing when you think you know someone and then they either back it up with words or contradict what you thought they might like or do... like Oatie.
|Oatie Caught it!|
I did say that if he worked hard in class, then we'd go for a swim after... so he did, he waited his turn, and did great. He did cry when he dropped the pilons when it was time to clear up... he almost passed them to his instructor after carrying them 10feet and then dropped them 6inches shy of her hand.... which made him cry. So after I explained that the pure fact that he wanted to tidy up and it didn't matter that he dropped them... the very fact he had a go was just amazing and I said just as amazing as his older brother landing his big fast jump... and Oatie just said ok and smiled. I told Oatie he was too hard on himself... and he should be proud of how far he's come on his skates. All this extra interaction with Oatie is all NEW...
|Post Skating Snack... pulling a funny face for the camera...|
After lunch we did 2hours of ABR before taking my older two skating. At the moment Oatie cries if we're out of the house and he's hungry so I've been saying that he just needs to say Food or Hungry instead of howling and not using his words and we don't know what's wrong. So he walks along the bench snuggled his head on my arm and said "Snack Mummy?" and blinked his cute eyelashes at me - another change another difference.
I have to say that after taking him skating and swimming and doing his bench taking the older two skating and doing all the normal chores I was looking forward to my bed later on in the day !!! but he does love his swimming and skating.
Our ABR has been going well... apart from the ski days we've been getting in 2-3 hours Monday-Friday. At the weekend we've had Xmas parties to go to...
Today Tuessday, my older two had a ice dance test which they both passed, I was relieved as they both worked so hard, i've never seen either of them practice as much or as hard as they did for this one... so not passing would have been a bigger blow than if you don't practice as much isn't it.
We got in 3 hours of ABR which was good...