I am going to share a little more about my experience with post-partum depression. Some of you may think I’m a loon and some of you may empathize. I want you to know I am only sharing my deepest, darkest feelings because I wish someone would have shared with me to help me feel a little better during such a hard time.
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We would like to welcome Leah back to Whimsicle for her second guest post. You might remember Leah from our Getting Baby to Sleep series and her post Being Baby Wise-ish. You can find more of Leah on her blog: leahkoch.blogspot.com. Hi, my name is Leah and my daughter has a disability. For any parent with a child who has a disability, they can understand that those words do not come easy and can also understand why it took me months of pain and tears before I could state them boldly. However, until I learned to say it, I could not be the parent that my precious daughter needed me to be. There is a story that someone shared with me called “Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley. In that metaphoric tale, you read of a journey intended for the beautiful country of Italy. Instead, you find that you did not end up in Italy as you prepared and planned, but rather find yourself in the foreign country of Holland. The lesson learned at the end is that it is okay to mourn for the child you expected and did not receive. Through that process you can appreciate and embrace the wonderful child you did birth. I highly encourage you read the whole poem, but do so with a tissue. No one ever expects to have a child with any type of disability, whether congenital or developed over time. No parent who has a typical child can quite understand what this experience is like for us. I had no idea that anything was wrong with my sweet girl in utero. Nothing presented on ultrasound and nothing was immediately obvious to the doctors when she was born. But I knew. From the moment I saw her, I knew something wasn’t right. That’s not to say I wasn’t immediately in love; I just knew something was wrong. They were little things: a tongue-tie, a failed newborn hearing screening, funny-looking feet. Doctors and nurses ensured me that there was nothing to worry about and it seemed like so many people handled my concerns nonchalantly. I persisted and over time we had identified piece after piece as the puzzle started to come together. I now know that she has Aural Atresia (her ear canals did not form correctly and close before reaching the inner ear) and mixed conductive hearing loss (basically her ear canals won’t conduct sound waves to the ear drum), a very delicate digestive system (which requires infant Prilosec and protein free formula), small stature and limited muscle tone, vertical talus in both feet (her ankle bones formed perpendicular to her feet instead of parallel so her feet flipped up to her shins), and now suspected Nystagmus (eye shaking, typically accompanied with head positioning so she looks at us out of the side of her eyes). We are finally able to pursue genetic testing to know more and find the answers we so desperately seek. If there is any advice or […]
I LOVE when my son brings home his art work because I can see how much his fine motor skills have advanced in such a short period of time. Trail of Ants is a fun activity for kids to practice cutting, gluing, and writing while learning number recognition and number correspondence. Attention to detail is not a skill that comes easily to my ADHD son, but when I find something he likes to do, he can do it for hours. He loves to cut and glue.
I LOVE cooking in the crock pot, especially this Chicken Noodle Soup. With three little ones, this saves me the chaos of cooking and watching the kids during the witching hour of the evening. This soup is one of my favorite go-to meals and offers plenty of leftovers.
My day started at 5am. My son tossed and turned in our bed. As much as I tried to coax him back to sleep, he instead sat straight up and started climbing over the headboard. While my husband eased himself out of slumber, I stumbled out of bed with Dude and took him into our home office. He was happy on my lap as I checked emails and such. Then, he started playing with the organizer on my desk that houses all of my office supplies – Twenty-two little drawers that he likes to pull in and out. He pulled one drawer a little too hard and the entire organizer came with it, crashing off my desk – all of the accoutrements spilled out onto the floor. Paper clips littered the carpet along with pens, expo markers and push pins. Dude then decided he wanted to play in it.
My 1-year old son is my little minion. He laughs hysterically at the tiniest jokes, babbles incoherently and makes spitting noises through his baby lips. For his one-year-old birthday, I planned a Minion themed party. Read on for the Minion Party food ideas that I used! Before Dude’s birthday, I scoured the internet for Minion party food ideas. I couldn’t find a single site with a Minion themed menu that didn’t consist entirely of different forms of sugar. So with a little creativity and the help of my favorite photo editing program, I revised some Pinterest recipes and gave them “Despicable Me” -like names. Our menu consisted of: Minion Meatballs The alliteration here was too good to pass up. I used a Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe from Pinterest. I served these with toothpicks on the side. No utensils required. Vector’s Pizza Ring This is a Pillsbury Pizza Bubble Ring recipe served with pizza sauce (from a jar) on the side. The pizza ring is comprised of pull apart rolls stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella. So delicious! My husband suggested adding it to our weekly dinner rotation. El Macho’s Chips & Salsa Easy one. Buy a bag of Tostitos, a jar of Pace Salsa and BAM! I also served queso with the chips as well. Cuke-y Robots This was my “pat myself on the back” moment because I figured out how to make the idea of “cookie robots” healthy. I used this Cucumber and Tomato bite appetizer recipe and then affixed bell pepper strips to a few. It was easy, yummy and they looked enough like robots for me! Shrunken Moons Powdered donut holes! This idea is all over the internet and was too cute for me to not include. We finished off our Minion meal with a cake made by local bakery, Mind Over Batter. I requested this be a Red Velvet cake with cream cheese butter cream frosting because I love that combination and I know most of my family loves it as well. What I didn’t take into consideration was that the cake is in the shape of a Minion head. When my hubby sliced through the cake, a thin red line appeared down the length of the cranium. We basically served everyone Minion brains. They were delicious Minion brains though. &amp;lt;A HREF=”http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;amp;ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fwhimsicle03-20%2F8010%2F34cae21b-5119-4e9b-b234-1f704585fcad&amp;amp;Operation=NoScript”&amp;gt;Amazon.com Widgets&amp;lt;/A&amp;gt; We also set the Minion’s head on fire and this was the reaction. Other than that, my little minion thoroughly enjoyed his minion party food and there was enough variety to keep all the grown-ups happy. Shared with: Be Different. Act Normal, Reasons to Skip the Housework
Fourth of July Eve Buddy got pink eye. In all my years teaching and with Biggie in daycare and school, we were spared the trauma – until now. My husband and I got horrible summer colds but toughed through it for the kids so they could see fireworks. Biggie got an ear infection…. My husband got pink eye…. Buddy flushed a Hot Wheel down the toilet and I had to pay a plumber to fish it out…. I got pink eye….My husband got pink eye again. All this illness slapped us in the face within a matter of five days, and suffice to say, I was starting to lose my cool.
When my husband and I moved in together, we got a cat. Our cats were our first practice for children. They were mostly self-cleaning, pooped in a box, independent and relatively low maintenance. They prepared us for the responsibility of a dog who in turn prepared us for kids. Now, with two kids, our dog is still a member of our family. She sleeps on our bed, she comes along on family vacations, we take her on Starbucks dates in our car. Our cats, however, have become the roommates who live downstairs.
I don’t know about you, but I have been spending an ungodly amount of money on iced coffee these days. With Arizona summer temperatures topping at 115 degrees, nothing sounds like more of a turn-off than hot coffee. In my search to find economical and tasty ways to make iced coffee at home, I found an excellent method to get the caffeine kick without breaking the bank.