I’ve heard my friends talk a lot about how different it is to go from having only one child to having two or more.  While that’s very true, it’s even more true when your first child has special needs.  To add another child into the mix can be terrifying, exhilarating, and overwhelming.  It also adds…

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Oatmeal and peanut butter are hard to clean up. They both stick to everything they touch. “No” doesn’t always mean “no” to the child who hears it. Selective hearing is a real thing. Kids say exactly what they are thinking, especially when you don’t want them to. Potty training happens when your child is ready;…

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There are days when I wish more than anything that my son could talk.  He is 10 years old and is non-verbal.  I know I’m not alone in wishing this.  A lot of Mamas and Papas out there have never heard their child utter a single syllable.  Some of us have heard our children speak…

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Joel and I took the kids to Disney over the Christmas break.  This doesn’t sound like a major undertaking, but it wasn’t easy, either.  With Jamie’s disabilities, we had to make sure he would be comfortable, warm (even though it’s Florida, it DOES get cold), and wearing dry pants (we’re still in the midst of…

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There are a lot of folks out there who are against the whole Elf on the Shelf idea.  I’m not sure why.  Some say it’s because he’s creepy, or that he is used to bribe kids to behave (don’t we already do that with Santa?).  For our family, it’s just another fun tradition we do.…

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Sunday night I am lying in bed and thinking to myself, “I need to go to Kroger tomorrow and to the bank.  Then I need to go get my nails done again because they look like shinola.  Somewhere in there, I need to get gas for the van, take Abby to the groomer’s, and then…

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Have you ever had one of those moments when you’re just so unbelievably pissed off that you can’t see straight?  I have!  Usually, it’s when someone has said something completely hurtful or ignorant regarding one of my kids or my mothering.  The following is a list I’ve compiled, with the help of Nicole, to tell…

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On this Thankful Thursday, I’m thinking about my grandma.  See, my grandma was admitted to the hospital Tuesday for some pretty serious issues that came up at the nursing home where she’s been living for almost two years now.  Grandma is one of those women who always did for others, hardly ever taking time for…

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For this Wishful Wednesday, I had a pretty good post about wishing people wouldn’t lie.  I was alost done and realized it was time for me to take Jamie to his yearly neurology appointment.  So, I saved the document, got Jamie ready to go and we took off down the road.  Little did I know…

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Sometimes, I try to imagine what my life would be like if I never had kids.  If I were one of those women that didn’t want to have kids, what could my life have been?  Would I travel the world at the drop of a hat?  Could I eat what I want when I want…

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It’s finally quiet.  Your children are napping or have been sent off to school.  Your husband is at work.  OR, you’re in the car on your way to work.  Really, it’s the best part of the day for you. YOU ARE ALONE!   Grab a cup of coffee and get ready to relax.  What works…

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I’ve been thinking about this post for the last few days.  My husband and I just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary and I wanted to commemorate the occasion by writing a little something about him.  I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that the old adage is true: Happiness really is being married to…

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A few days ago, I began to think about my daughter starting Kindergarten soon. Tomorrow, in fact.  I’m concerned that because we’ve kept such a tight reign on her social life (meaning who she’s allowed to hang out with) that she will come home with either an attitude we can’t stand, or saying things we…

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So, I decided that it was time to potty train Jamie.  He is almost 10 years old.  If you’ve read my posts in the past, you know that Jamie has cerebral palsy and some other health issues, but nothing that would make potty training too terribly hard.  Or so I thought. Jamie had been giving…

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I noticed a while back that my sweet-faced little man was starting to get a mustache.  Surely this was just a trick of the lights, right?  Shoot, in the right (or wrong, in my case) light, even I have a mustache, much to my aesthetician’s delight (I would swear we come from hairy peasants).  It…

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