Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year’s Eve

It’s new year’s eve and most everybody is getting ready. Some people are going to party. Some people are going to light up the sky with firecrackers. Some people are going to celebrate quietly. While we may all differ in how we welcome the new year, I think it’s safe to say that most of…

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New Beginnings

Happy New Year’s Eve! I think this is one of my favorite holidays! There is so much anticipation of what the next 12 months will hold. For us, this new year is going to change our lives in so very many ways. We are going to step out in faith and do what needs to…

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What You SHOULD say to a Special Needs Family

To follow up on last week’s post of what NOT to say to a Special Needs Family, I polled some folks to find out what you SHOULD say. You know, stuff that would be nice to hear? And this is what my special friends told me: What can I do to help? If you don’t…

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Too Many Friends?

When Peanut was born, we immediately contacted our local Down syndrome guild.  When Peanut was a mere two weeks old, I attended my first Mom’s Night Out with other moms of children with Down syndrome.  Very quickly I enveloped myself in the world of parents of children with special needs and found comfort in knowing…

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A Coward?

I recently spoke about Let’s Cure CP, here on a post. I’m going to do my best not to write too many posts about the organization but it’s highly likely I’ll write one from time to time. This post is related because I need to ask a question of this community. I believe what we…

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It’s a Puzzle…

My kids each received a jigsaw puzzle as one of their Christmas gifts. I gave the littles a couple of “preschool” puzzles – the ones with a couple of dozen pieces. The oldest can now do these with ease and I didn’t see many options in between those and the 100 piece jigsaw I got…

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Goodbye 2010

Our year in review: January:  Will enrolls full time in his new ABA based school.  The two year old begins a toddler/preschool class once a week and cries every morning at drop off.  Heather makes a new year’s resolution to stay fit, enjoy her kids, and worry less. February:  The two year old no longer…

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Special Exposure Wednesday

Apologies for our absence. We were in the hospital. We made it out for Christmas just in time. I’m still getting over the shock of it all; Ivy lost her brand new port, not five months old and now has another PICC. She was septic and although I am thankful that her heart and her…

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Where Did our Friends Go?

For us, one of the most surprising and disappointing aspects of parenting a special needs child was the loss of our friends. It seems strange that when you need them the most, they are nowhere to be found. Where did they go … and why?

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Are Perseverations A Deeper Thought Needing A Better Answer?

I’ve learned not to look too deeply into what J’s thinking. Beyond what his needs are, what may cause or did cause a meltdown and how to keep him entertained and growing without meltdowns is about as far as I’ve gone. We’ve been in such a similar space with similar likes and dislikes for so…

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