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

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Back from a trip away to enable the twins to do their O levels and then a holiday by the sea where they could all variously climb, walk, swim, and kayak (beside enjoying the fellowship of valued friends) Victoria is all set for a parcel of appointments coming up over the next two weeks. Hopefully it won't be derailed by whatever-it-is which James has 'gone down' with. James was taken away by David for a birthday outing but he's not been well and it appears that red spots are manifesting themselves. It sounds like chicken pox - in which case it doesn't bode well for Victoria. She's got a cold - in fact is getting over it. The latest bout of croup wasn't as severe as the previous one but it went on most of the night and wasn't shiftable by any of the usual remedies. I did think that I would have to take her to A and E in Bangor but was, mercifully, spared that as it didn't happen a second night. If all goes well, she will have feet, eyes, ears and the usual cardiac checks between now and a week on friday.
Victoria now routinely puts two signs together with understanding as is going on more frequently to put three together. Working on getting her to combine 's' and 'ee' when we were down beside the sea was very entertaining - as was trying to get her to make her mouth into the right shape to blow the balloon off the palm of my hand. She looks so very intently into my face - she has absolute trust and doesnt' think I'm having her on or giving her misleading information - she just has a go at copying me. What a responsibility!!!
David arrived in Wales on Thursday and was keen to take Victoria in the back-carrier up a nearby hill. When they were near the top DAvid gave V. a dandelion telling her she could give it to me when she got back. The look of joy and satisfaction on her face as she walked across the room and handed me this irretrievably flaccid dandelion was very memorable. I almost felt like preserving it, but didn't. David had only said it once and she had remained single-minded about what had to be done with this flower. I think I've a lot to learn from Victoria!


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