Runa is now one whole year old!
She has had a fantastic weekend of celebrations, seeing lots of wonderful people and playing with many beautiful gifts.
On Friday (the 1st of Feb, her birthday) her big sister was very excited about given her present and singing to her first thing in the morning. Soon after I took Runa to her hydrotherapy Group. She is such a water baby that she ended up falling asleep in the pool!
Following that, we went home to collect her big sister and headed out for lunch with some close friends. We then headed to a toddler group run by parents of children with additional support needs; a group that has been invaluable to me for moral support.
On Saturday we invited family to the house to have a small gathering to mark Ru’s big first birthday. It was so lovely to see the family who could make it, and the family who couldn’t were missed.
Before we cut the cake I gave a toast, thanking family for their support over the past year. I am particularly grateful to them for their unconditional love and high expectations for Runa. I made a special thank you to Nina for being the best big sister in the world; her inclusive attitude towards Runa will support her to thrive. A special mention was made to my wonderful husband Stewart. Everyone sees me as the strong one who keeps everything moving, but he is stronger than he knows and me and the girls would be lost without him.
The toast finished by being directed to the birthday girl herself. Though her disability has made things difficult at times and triggered some challenging emotions, it is only one part of her. She is strong, bright and beautiful. She is inspiring, loving and, as far as we are concerned, perfect. She makes everything we do completely worth it.
Runa received so many wonderful gifts and a good chunk of them are sensory toys. We are so well equipped with projectors, lights and touchy-feely things, I’m looking forward to integrating a “sensory play” time into her day.
We’ve had a lovely weekend and, though she had no idea it was her birthday (and slept through most of her party), Runa has thoroughly enjoyed herself.
Happy Birthday Runa! We love you so much x