Preceded by Labels

Preceded by Labels

“Any conditions, allergies, or other things we should be aware of?” I have answered variations of this question hundreds of times. Experience has taught me to write small in order to fit everything into that little space. My sweet boy. In addition to all of the awesome qualities that 4-year-olds have, my C comes with multiple diagnoses. Gastroparesis, g-tube, sensory processing disorder, autism. There are only four things, but they pack a punch.

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Much Needed Cuddles

Much Needed Cuddles with C

Every morning, I struggle to keep C on task in order to get him out the door and to the center (for autism therapy) on time. I could tell you that this is a challenge, but that word does not quite give justice to what I face each morning. It wouldn’t describe the days I chase him around the apartment, trying to lasso a shirt over a moving target. You wouldn’t know about the times I get hit and kicked while trying to administer a tube feeding. You certainly wouldn’t expect the morning we had yesterday, when I asked him to dress himself after learning that he has been working on it at therapy and is now capable of doing so. Over an hour of crying, screaming, writhing on the floor and yelling ended in Hubster helping C to get dressed just so we could get out of the apartment on time.

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Potty Training Begins – and two cleaners I can’t live without!

Baby Jo is potty training

Potty training and g-tube button changes are tied on my list of least favorite parenting duties. It’s that time, though. My sweet little Baby Jo is potty training and soon there won’t be any babies in our household! *insert soft crying here*

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Make Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza in Your Backyard (and Enter to Win a Backyard Makeover)!

I was compensated for this review of Papa Murphy’s and their Flavors of Summer Sweepstakes. All opinions and statements remain 100% my own. #FlavorsofSummer #Ad

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We’ve purchased Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza for years, for events like family get togethers, birthday parties and busy evenings at home. These homemade pizzas are convenient and flavorful. In fact, when C had a short list of foods he would eat orally, Papa Murphy’s pizza was one of them. It remains one of his favorite foods today. We often purchase the Mini Murph to create a sensory challenge for him while he makes his own pizza creation.

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How to Clean Vomit Out of Car Seat Straps

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How to Clean Vomit Out of Car Seat Straps

That moment when your child vomits all over themselves and the car seat without warning? Yeah, that’s not a pleasant ride home. The smell permeates your vehicle, your child is crying and everyone in the car just wants to jump out. When we got home, Hubster carried in the entire convertible car seat with Baby Jo still strapped inside. We went straight to the bathroom and started removing layer after layer of vomit-soaked clothing. Everything else could go into the washing machine, but what about those car seat straps?

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