Posts made in August, 2010

Baby Jet Lag

Posted on Aug 28, 2010 | 0 comments

Baby Jet Lag. Not fun. It’s a funny thing, see – babies don’t understand time zones. They just don’t get it. And, May has one super power above all others. The power to sleep in any situation, in any position – even when held completely upright or upside down. She developed this power specifically for times such as these, when her parents dearly want to sleep at 4 AM, but she wants to bounce. Bouncing at 4 AM requires the super power of sleep to replenish energy reserves. Cute photos of May a year ago to remind her parents why she is worth it: Bouncing! More...

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Family Helps

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 | 2 comments

Four days left in the Land of Free and Home of the Brave. Sob. Since May’s birth, I’ve searched high and low for information on helping raise a brain-damaged baby, and the amount, or lack of, literature has been shocking. The most formative months of her life, and what help do I get from medical and scientific minds? Zip. I’ve certainly had help from the professionals working with May, but when it came to source and developing my own understanding of May’s condition. Zip. Nada. “There is so little we know of the brain,” I am constantly told. “Not...

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This week I’m… playing with toys.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 | 8 comments

The following is a Brain-Damaged Baby: Genius Moment. Playing with toys is not something May has ever shown interested in. A therapist once said to me, “Some children are toy people and some are social people. May is social.” That is the kind of reassurance that lasts a few weeks, but then a year later, May’s mama still wondered, with a mild sense of doom, “Why won’t May play with toys?” Could it be: She has difficulty using her hands and arms to reach them? She is severely visually impaired so she can’t see them? She isn’t interested in them...

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The Next Blogs

Posted on Aug 10, 2010 | 0 comments

New posts! New blogs! Some of my blog entries appear as well on the web site The Next Family. It’s an online community that publishes writing from all kinds of families; modern families like single parent households, gay parents, multi-racial – all kinds – and, as of a week ago, (drum roll!) families like ours. Also, my husband now has two blogs. (I’m ignoring his attempts to one-up me with two blogs compared to my one. Oh, wait! I do have two blogs - my other one I haven’t updated for a year.) He still writes about Sci-Fi on Cadair Griffin, but now he also...

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Lots of firsts this week!

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 | 4 comments

America has had all kinds of positive influences over May. Today, she rolled on to her front five times. May can roll side to side, but rarely all the way over to her front. Despite getting stuck in this position, this is a sign that she is stronger. She is also reaching up to touch my mouth all the time when I make sounds she likes. But, yesterday, she reached up and touched my sister’s face. We’ve only seen her do this to my husband and I. Further evidence that she is reaching properly now, is a new toy I demonstrated for her. I reached her hand out to brush a large and very...

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