Posts made in August, 2011

An Amazing Half-Brained Baby Milestone: 200,000 hits!

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 | 13 comments

[slideshow]When I wrote my 100,000 hits post, it was only February of this year. It took almost a year and a half to get there, and now a third of the time to get here. But, that’s not what I really what I find amazing. 200,000 hits is small potatoes compared to everything else that happened in that short amount of time. May discovered her mouth. She enjoys making clicking and humming sounds. She spits like a champ. She sings along with us. Her laugh is infectious. I defy anyone to not giggle along with her. What a joy she is! May’s seizures disappeared. We go weeks without...

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Stop grinding your teeth May!

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 | 5 comments

Stop grinding your teeth May!

After your baby was born, where was the first place you ventured out of the house to? I’m American. I went to the mall. Worse, I went directly to the baby store. (I also went to the book store. A girl’s gotta have her fix.) At the baby store, my husband pulled the stroller up to the elevator doors so we could go upstairs. The doors opened and two women pushing a stroller came out. Nothing unusual in that except the boy in the stroller was wearing his pacifier around his head. He wasn’t holding it, it was attached to his head by a piece of elastic fabric....

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What should you say to the parents of a baby in special care?

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 | 7 comments

Yesterday, I wrote a post ‘What NOT to say to the parents of special care babies‘ on BabyCenter. This got me thinking… what is the right thing to say? A week before we took May home from the hospital, my husband and I attended a wedding. At the wedding, pretty much everyone, even the people we didn’t know well, knew that we had a baby in the hospital. One friend of a friend approached me. He was a parent himself. He took my hand. “Congratulations and commiserations,” he said to me. Other people at the wedding were offended on my behalf, but I thought it...

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A face only a mother could love?

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 | 9 comments

Perhaps you think this blog is to inform you, the reader, of special needs issues, or May’s issues in particular. OR… maybe my blog should be endless slideshows of my adorable children. You decide. In the meantime, enjoy! I call this installment: A face only a mother could love? [slideshow] Want to read more from Stacie? Check out her posts on BabyCenter’s Momformation!

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Why do so few people care about May’s visual development?

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 | 11 comments

Why do so few people care about May’s visual development?

I will remind everyone reading this that I’m not a doctor since I’m about to explain how vision develops in a baby. (Feel free to correct me.) There are two aspects of vision: mechanical and cognitive. Mechanical is how the eye moves, focuses on things, etc. Cognitive is how the brain reads, identifies and remembers what you see. The two are very different and yet they work in conjunction with one another. So, when May went to her first eye appointment (lots of fun, you can read here), the mechanics of her eye were fine, but the nerves that grow at the back of the eye and link...

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