Posts made in October, 2010

May you are 1.5 years old!

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 | 6 comments

It was a year ago, yesterday, that I posted my first birthday progress report. Even then, I knew May was capable of more than originally thought. At the time, I was desperate to focus on what May could do, as opposed to what she couldn’t. I’m proud of myself. I forced myself to celebrate her accomplishments. So, in keeping with previous birthday updates, I bring you the 18-month progress report! DRUM ROLL! May when you were born, here is what the doctors definitely knew you would be able to do: - pee - breathe At a year and a half, you can: - entertain yourself with sounds you...

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Yes May, but is thee-a-tar art? The Oily Cart Show says YES!

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 | 8 comments

Joining the long list of things I never thought May would appreciate because of her brain damage, but in fact does: watching a performance and the jokes of silly children’s entertainment. We “normal” folk appreciate the benefits from entertainment every day. May doesn’t watch television. She doesn’t have a tantrum if her favorite song isn’t played. Sure I have big hopes too – but sometimes it is the small things that “normal” children do, that I want most for May. The Oily Cart Show made that one small hope a reality this week. I have...

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This week I’m… feeling the burn!

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 | 9 comments

This week I’m… feeling the burn!

Lots of heat this week. Our ears are burning from the chatter on the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, where May made her first appearance. My blog about not wanting to be seen as a “hero” was read far more favorably than I expected. In fact, being the NYT, the debate was more pedantic (or philosophical) than anything else. In what circumstance is “hero’ the appropriate term? How does one define “hero”? No one seemed bothered by my reluctance to accept it as a term that defines me. I expected to offend far more people. I guess you never know how a...

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May and Mama’s adventures in modern art

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 | 9 comments

May and Mama’s adventures in modern art

Faithful readers of this blog will remember that May is a budding art critic. For my birthday, today, she offered to take me to the new exhibition in the Tate Modern’s turbine hall. The Tate Modern rests in a disused power station on the South Bank of the River Thames. The turbine hall is a concrete shell, several stories high. For this year’s exhibit, the artist filled the floor of the hall with millions of crafted, porcelain sunflower seeds. Attendees are encouraged to stroll and sit and disturb the seeds in any way they choose. The point of these exhibits, or the point to...

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Grrrr. Halloween Controversy (also nice link at the end for new mums)

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 | 4 comments

Ellen Seidman, an editor at Redbook, wrote a beautiful essay in this month’s magazine about her son and their Halloween tradition. I was stunned to learn that someone took the time to write in chastising her for adjusting Halloween so he could enjoy it, terror-free. Worse, after it was reported on the Motherlode blog at the New York Times, more people wrote in. Apparently, the anonymity of the web, makes it okay to be a total twat. Here are just a few of the comments from the site: I’m sorry but going trick-or-treating when not wearing a costume is just not cool. A major part (if...

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