Mickie’s real name is Michaela but the Aussie in me felt the need to shorten it to Mickie. Like Lyla, Mickie has beautiful blue eyes and long hair. She has a wardrobe full of cute clothes, shoes and boots and she has bibs that match Lyla’s.
Side note: One of the first gifts that Kris gave me after we met was a Victorian doll… yes a doll…it had freaky staring eyes and my flatmate and I used to have to hide it under the sofa because it scared us so much – yes I know, he’s lucky I didn’t finish it there and then and it’s a miracle I went onto marry him. He will never live it down and he has remained a shockingly bad gift buyer but thankfully he has many other wonderful qualities that are worth more than any gift he could buy. Anyway I never thought I would have a doll like that back in the house again but ain’t life funny.
Like Lyla, Mickie also has a wheelchair and she has her own pair of ankle foot orthotics (AFOs).
In Australia we were part of a therapy group at CPEC , (Cerebral Palsy Education Centre), with six other families. One of the reasons I felt it was so important for us to go there was because we didn’t know any other families who had a child with a severe physical disability and we wanted Lyla to feel like she belonged somewhere, that she knew other kids like her, that we knew other parents and families like us.
Everyone wants to belong.
I will advocate and fight for Lyla to take her place in mainstream education but she needs to have touchstones along the way to remind her that she isn’t alone in this. Her friend Lexi from CPEC, will be a life long friend, I know it in my heart. Give them a few years and they will be using eye gaze on FaceTime to bitch about their mums, talk about boys and console each other when one of them is having a tough day of which I’m sure there will be many, especially in the murky teenage years. Lyla has lots of friends at nursery but we haven’t found any little friends with challenges similar to Lyla in Glasgow so for now Mickie and long distance Lexi will have to do.
And Lyla loves Mickie, she loves picking her clothes and pushing her wheelchair, just like any other 4 year old girl would enjoy doing. When the little afos arrived from America and we put them on Mickie, Lyla was fascinated. She kept looking from me to the afos and reaching out to touch them. Like mine Mummy.
Mickie is a Journey Girl doll from Toys R Us
Her wheelchair is a Journey Girl accessory
The wardrobe and clothes are Our Generation doll accessories from Smyths Toy Store
The amazing AFOs are made by a wonderful man in America called Bob Norris, you can buy them from his Etsy shop – Shishka Bob Designs