Author: Kate Anderson

Birth Plans Really Aren’t Plans

Our first pregnancy came almost exactly a year after having a miscarriage. We were so excited when we got past the first trimester and could start sharing the news. Course that’s also when I started planning and prepping, everything from room color and decor to types of diapers (we loved those from The Honest Company–you can see their great products here), first foods, etc. The big stuff – what I later came to realize wasn’t really so big – was discussed later: the “birth plan” and nursing vs. formula. After numerous discussions, my husband and I decided that after...

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After 3 Long Years – I Was Right!

I would like to start out by say that for once, at least in this particular instance I AM NOT LOSING MY MIND! And ironically, I have one of Gavin’s new specialists to thank for this (another unusual occurrence). Let’s take a little journey back in time to February 2014. Gavin (at all of 3 months old) is sent to the ED with respiratory issues. Turns out he has a severe case of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and after stabilizing him is taken up to the PICU (Spencer later follows but with a much more mild case – thankfully). Hospital staff had to deep suction his lungs to help him breathe. After a few days and lots of meds (and a lot more suctioning for Gavin) both boys were released. We were told the “junky” sound we heard in Gavin would eventually go away – remnants of the virus. Fast forward three years and guess what? He’s STILL JUNKY! I never believed that was really a thing – “being a junky kid”. How is that even possible? While no doctor said it outright, they always gave me the look of “yeah – she’s a PITA mom” or “really, we’re discussing this again” when I would bring it up during visits. Yes, yes I am going to bring it up in visits because this was never a thing prior to...

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Parenting: It’s the hard-knock life

Boy did “Annie” ever have it right! [Parenting] is a hard-knock life! (Side note: just to be clear, I mean the “Annie” of 1982 release). It’s only now officially spring, but we’re already in summer camp planning mode – as I would think most parents are about now.  This is the first summer that Gavin won’t have Birth 2-3 services, having “graduated” last November. It didn’t really hit me until about two weeks ago that when school ends in June so do his services. We’ve never had that before – weekly appointments under Birth 2 -3 don’t take a break (unless we or the therapist are on vacation) but there’s no lengthy interruption in services. Panic set in. Thankfully, I have a wonderful group of moms I can turn to who have quite a bit of knowledge on the subject of summer services and where/who I start to question. Yesterday we had a PPT with the school to discuss current goals, summer services and next year’s routine. With the exception of two goals we are discontinuing for now (still working on but will not formally measure against due to physical limitations), Gavin is making great progress. He is such a hard worker and continually tests his own limits. Next year’s routine only changes slightly so I don’t see there being any issues – for now. AND he qualifies for...

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As a mom, sometimes you HAVE to come FIRST

I’m going to preface this by saying I hate to run. I find nothing relaxing about it and in fact find it to be more of a chore than anything else. But I have goals and somehow (much to my dismay) running plays a part in the end goal. Let me explain. In 2014 a group of friends and I decided that for some reason it would be “fun” to run Rugged Maniac (a 5k, 26 obstacle course). I have no idea WHY we thought it would be fun and some days I think we still need our heads checked (especially as we were seeing the injured walking out as we’re walking in about to start the course!). Sure, I’ve never run a 5k so why not add obstacles to the course?! We “kind of” trained – mainly hitting the track and working up to intervals of running. We were so NOT prepared for that course. But had a blast anyway. What made it such a great accomplishment for me wasn’t just the fact that it was a 5k. It was the fact that I pushed myself WAAAAAAAAAAAY out of my comfort zone and climbed up walls (did I mention I am terrified of heights?), jumped over fire, crawled under barbed wire – IN MUD!, etc. Fast forward to 2015 and add in a few more (non-obstacle course) 5k’s...

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A jack of all trades is a master of none.

Last week I had a doctor’s appointment. Same practice but new practitioner – so of course that leads to a game of 100 questions.  I try to give the cliff notes version of my medical history for the last five years – which includes (as brief) a rundown (as possible) of the kids – which is always entertaining because even doctors (especially ones that aren’t Gavin’s direct docs) aren’t sure how to ask questions when it comes to Gavin and Spencer. When they ask about Spencer, they want to be direct, but not rude. Unfortunately there’s no real PC way to say, “so hey, is your other son “normal?” or “Did you know that Gavin was going to have CP?” Sometimes I take mercy on them and answer all questions at once – but sometimes, I don’t and I make them squirm (payback for long wait time!) Anyway, this new doctor was generally interested in my life and family and how we make things work. Either we’re more of an anomaly than I thought or she hasn’t had much exposure to special needs families. In either case, we get on with the appointment and at the end she said something that has stuck with and bothered me since Friday: “You are a supermom. You’re an inspiration and I am in awe of you. Truly, I am very impressed by...

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