Throwback Thursday: Videos of Baby C!

I love looking back at old videos of C. It seems like so long ago!

Here is Baby C ripping paper and laughing.

Here’s Baby C doing pull ups!

(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Quiet Sibling Moments

When things are difficult, these quiet sibling moments are even more special. These two sat next to each other after bathtime to watch an episode of Daniel Tiger while C had his tube feeding. I live for these moments when they get along!

Quiet sibling moments #LittleMamaJama

The Truth is I’m Struggling

You may have gotten this from my posts about fear and the autism clinic last week, but the truth is I’m struggling. Special needs parenting is kicking my butt in a whole new way. I knew C would have a difficult time transitioning to preschool. I didn’t expect to see him lose skills and independence. I didn’t anticipate that he would get a cold and end up vomiting so many times that he hasn’t kept a full tube feeding down in days. Yes, vomiting from a cold; because that’s how his life is as a tubie.

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Crowd-Sourcing: Preparing for the Autism Clinic

C puts together Disney Planes puzzle

I’ve been reading articles, watching videos, observing my son and absorbing as much information as possible. I believe he may have high-functioning autism.

He has an appointment next month with a clinic specializing in autism and developmental disorders. Our first meeting will be with the clinic psychologist. She will determine if his case warrants an appointment with the rest of the team.

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(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Interrogation Techniques

With wind chills approaching -30 degrees, I opted to keep C home from school today. I used the extra time to teach him interrogation techniques.

Toddler Interrogation Techniques #LittleMamaJama

C’s First Day of School

Starting a new routine that includes school drop off is just plain weird! I do not know how my child got so big so quickly. Even with all the challenging days and nights, I don’t know how we arrived at preschool so quickly. I was apprehensive about today. He was leaving my care for a few hours. How could I be sure his needs were being met? How could I know he was okay?

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Tomorrow, you start school.

Tomorrow you start school. #LittleMamaJama

You reached over the bed rail for my hand. I squeezed it tightly, gazing into your eyes. I love you, my child. My heart.

As I looked at you and gave your little hand a squeeze, I was brought back to the countless nights I rocked you to sleep. I slept in the rocking chair with you many days and nights, because you would not sleep any other way. I held you, rocked you, breathed in your sweetness.

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Merry Imperfect Christmas!

Our plans for this year included Christmas Eve service at church, baking cookies for Santa, cooking a delicious meal, and driving around to look at Christmas lights. The reality of our Christmas? Two children with the flu, none of the things we had planned, and Hubster and I waiting for the flu to strike us, too.

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How to Make a Planes Runway with Holiday Rope Lights

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias

It’s my favorite time of the year and it’s also the time of the year when I realize I’ve forgotten to purchase a few presents. Oops! Like everyone else who either forgot gifts or procrastinated until the last minute, I found myself in the toy section of Walmart. Select Disney Planes merchandise is on rollback right now and I found some great deals! The Walmart rollback items are: Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway Rollback to $24.97; Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack Rollback to $14.97; Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment Rollback to $19.97; Planes Character Assortment die-cast set and the Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set are both on rollback at $4.97.

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Hi Teacher, My Son has Special Needs

Hi Teacher, My Son has Special Needs.

C is starting 3k on January 5! He’ll be in school three mornings per week. Those mornings conflict with the group therapies he has attended since February, adding to my anxiety about his transition. We’re excited for him and nervous about the new environment. I think he will *love* school. I think. I hope.

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