What's been happening....

Well it's been a few months since the last post and that's my fault as we have been buying, selling and renovating a new house for the family. During these months Hugo has come along in leaps and bounds and we are well overdue for an update!

Here's a few of the major milestones...starting with Hugo's new ability to Houdini straight out of bed each night! The blankets couldn't be tucked in more tightly but no matter what happens he's out. With his new ability to also sit up on his own this makes for a bit of a dangerous combo of tricks so he's getting a new bed - more on that soon! 

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In February Hugo had fun celebrating his cousin's first birthday. Here he is with his brothers and Aveline. 

March saw a fun trip to a Babies Proms concert at the Sydney Opera House with Bunny and Bertie and Caleb. 

Hugo is getting huge enjoyment out of being a preschool boy at Waterford in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Fiona, Fran, the educators and the other families at Waterford have been incredibly supportive and welcoming to Hugo and his involvement with other kids in and with the day to day program has been hugely beneficial. Like other 4 year olds he loves water play and art and enjoys the music sessions. He loves to bounce on the trampoline and he's made some friends who enjoy playing dress up and role play games with him. He's now able to sit with the other kids on little chairs and participate in his own way with what they are doing each day. Here's a few photos of things he's been getting up to there: 

Hugsie has also made some incredible physical developments in the last few months. His walking is getting better and better each day, including now spending increasingly longer periods of time being able to support himself at the walker. A few weeks ago at his physio session he walked all the way down the entrance ramp and out on to the street on his walker! It takes hours of practice and persistence but day by day and step by step this is certainly paying off! 

One more big physical change has also been Hugo's new painted artificial eye. This has been something we've been keen to have for a number of years but have had to wait until his eye socket was mature enough for this to be worth it (so the prostheticist doesn't have to paint it regularly as the eye shape changes). So this was quite a fun and different change for Hugo a month or so ago. It took some getting used to for us actually. To see him with two "real" eyes, instead of his normal characteristic white socket, was quite a new thing for us - but it really gives him a new character. It's been hard to get a good photo of this yet - but we'll keep working on it! (it's his right eye in case you can't tell!!!)

Finally, a few family photos we've taken recently. These are always rare for us so a nice thing to have. The challenge of getting three wriggly boys to all sit still at one time is always interesting - so there's certainly room for improvement in capturing this photo as well :) You can see it's much easier when we only have to get Hugsie to try and smile on his own..! 

Until next time...!

Clare, Hugsie and the family. xx