Ever since Noah was a baby we have given him the nickname 'monkey'. I don't know how it started - probably one day when he was being really cheeky and it has just stuck. Since then we have bought him monkey soft toys and he has a collection of t-shirts that have monkeys on them - the best one is the one that says 'grumpy monkey' as it suits Noah so well!!! Now it has been handed down to Harri and it suits him even better!
Kari had told me that they also did the same with Preston. He also had monkey soft toys. When Kari and her Mum and Dad organised for us to receive the money for Noah from Preston's fund, Kari said that one thing we should buy was a monkey soft toy for Noah, from Preston. We were going to do it before Christmas and put it under the tree, but this week we got a lovely surprise in the mail - all the way from New York. Mike and Cindy (Kari's parents) had sent Noah a little monkey already.
The past couple of weeks it's been so lovely knowing that if we want to go and buy something for Noah we can just do it without thinking twice. We have bought a few little things for him so far - mainly sensory stuff. This week I saw this awesome lava lamp on a huge stand at Target on sale for half price. I rushed in the first day of the sale and grabbed one for Noah. It is perfect as it sits right next to his recliner. His vision isn't great, but its awesome as it is so bright in the dark and really easy for him to see. He has been watching it closely all night.
We have a small area at home where Noah plays and we have bought a few extra things for it in the past couple of weeks, but my dream would be one day to have a house where we could have a room built just for Noah - with a sensory area which would be all blacked out and have lots of lights and things for him to look at.
It's been so great watching his reaction to it tonight.