My son’s birthday just passed. He turned six. And although it may sound silly, this was the hardest birthday for me yet. I have seen how much he has learned, grown, and changed over the last year, especially since starting Kindergarten that I cannot help but realize that he is not a little boy anymore.
Tag: special needs
Dear Self at… Age 2: You’re so proud that mommy hung that ornament you made. It’ll be a few more years before you realize she hung it on the back of the tree. Don’t judge – 30 years from now, you’ll be throwing away your kids’ artwork when they aren’t looking. Age 5: Your kindergarten teacher IS
Back in March I posted about Gavin’s win against our insurance company in the battle for his adaptive stander. I am still in shock that it took us a year, numerous internal appeals and an external appeal to get it approved. But it also left me feeling worried and nervous if that would happen for
An amazing thing happens when a special needs child turns 2 (at least in our experience). It seems as if all kinds of new treatment options come into play. Since we started Gavin on valium almost a year ago, we have been continually thinking about adding another “tool” to his ever-growing box of resources. (This
A few weeks ago my oldest daughter developed a rash on her face. I initially thought it was acne, then eczema, and then…yikes. By the time I got her to her pediatrician it was partially infected and her face was red and swollen. I also had an extremely miserable kid on my hands. As we
Every year, it’s hurt a little less. To the point where most of the time, there is no hurt. It’s just life. Our life is slightly more complicated than most but whatever. It’s our normal. Our normal feels so normal that I pause every time someone or something hints it’s not. A couple days back, we
We’ve known for a while that we needed to get Gavin a new adaptive stander. While we have one on loan from the N.E.A.T. Market, the issue is that it’s a little too big and he doesn’t feel comfortable in it because there’s no back to it (the stander makes him lean forward). Problem is
As a special needs parent I’ve come to realize a great many things about people (that includes friends, family, neighbors, and those I don’t know well) and to be honest, not all of these realizations have been pleasant. Luckily the unpleasant realizations have been few and far between. For example, we have found out that
With summer officially here, if parents haven’t already done so they will soon be looking for ways to keep their kids entertained for the next two and half months. Luckily (or not) for us, with three kids under the age of four, we’re not really at the stage of looking at summer camps just yet.
Listen to me. (Err… read me.) It is okay to feel overwhelmed. It is okay to not think about it sometimes. It is okay to think about it all the time. This is something that you have to grow through just as your kid does. It takes time to come to terms with “special needs.” Nothing