Updates on Victoria Lily Joy van den Broek, born 120705.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


I did it, I plucked up the courage to weigh Victoria - she has gained a little - she is now 7.20kgs. The boys are sure that she is getting really heavy and the portage lady said she looked like she had grown!
When Tina arrived today at 1pm Victoria had just been experiencing a couple of prawn crackers then she had some milk. The prawn crackers didn't really agree with Victoria and kept putting in an appearance, bit by bit, throughout the portage session. I should have taken a picture of it but will instead try and describe one item which Tina brought this afternoon. It was a plastic frame on the bottom and sides with an aluminium section over the top into which were slid the tops of lenths of that bobbly-type chain which often has a plug at the end. At the back of this was another strip of metal which, when the chains were rattled, completed a circuit and played a bit of electronic 'music'. Victoria enjoyed feeling the chains but sometimes she just left them swing and leant over to stare at them intently. We are thinking of knocking up some such thing - surely between us we have the technology. I think one can buy this chain stuff at at DIY store.... tina said if we figure out how to make them we have a market! It is sure to cost less than £125 to make. I think that the manufacturers of 'special needs' equipment are going to have a lot to answer for at the judgement - the prices charged for such items is out of all proportion to their cost, I am sure.
this evening Victoria worked her way through a quarter of a jar of baby food (so she had about 20gr!!!) and seemed to enjoy it.
She doesn't yet make any signs but will hold up the palm of her hand when I say 'kiss' - because I kiss each palm and then her nose. One time I kissed each palm and then she screwed up her face and hid it behind her hands!!


  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger Rosesandtea said…

    Hi there!
    Victoria sure is a cutie along with all her brothers and sisters!

    I know you aren't kidding about the cost of equipment. The price of normal school furniture is hideous and I know from working at a school for the handicapped that pieces of special equipment are doubly so - even when they aren't real complicated to make. Now there's a ministry/home business opportunity for someone!



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