Posts made in August, 2012

Everyone gets a seat, except May. Fair enough?

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 | 15 comments

Everyone gets a seat, except May. Fair enough?

This week, on BabyCenter, I wrote about a news item that featured a young lady with disabilities who was denied use of her iPad on plane. She can’t speak, so she uses it to communicate. Regulations meant she couldn’t have it – even if she switched it into airplane mode. There is a point when regulations cause more harm than good. A couple of weeks ago, I saw our luck take a turn for the better, but that is a very rare experience. In the post, I wrote about a time when United Airlines refused to let us use May’s car seat on a plane. The car seat is a popular brand and...

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5 things my half-brained baby taught me on vacation (pics!)

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 | 4 comments

5 things my half-brained baby taught me on vacation (pics!)

America, you are big. Your roads are long and your availability of public transportation is small. You have many malls, too many to visit. You tempt me with your burgers. Damn those burgers! All this I knew before; visiting family in the States brings it all home (literally). But, even I have more to learn. And, May is ready to teach me. Okay, she is no longer a half-brained baby – maybe, at three-years old, we can call her a half-brained beauty. Here are 5 things my half-brained beauty has taught me: Your half-brained beauty will have more fun than you think. Lots of fun. The...

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The result of the stupidest thing I’ve ever done

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 | 8 comments

The result of the stupidest thing I’ve ever done

So, last week, I did something really dumb. So stupid it left me stranded at Heathrow Airport, in the middle of the Olympics with two children under-4 screaming for food. There is no pacifier in the world big enough to stop up that situation. I had just laid the disabled daughter card on the desk of the ticket agent for Delta. The ticket agent didn’t look moved. Not by that, or the tears I struggled to hold back. I knew what missing that flight meant. It meant I wasn’t going home to see my family. My family who I hadn’t seen in seven months. Turns out there are worse things...

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Of all the stupid things I’ve done, this was the dumbest.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 | 10 comments

Of all the stupid things I’ve done, this was the dumbest.

Last Tuesday, my husband and I packed up our kids, two pieces of luggage, two carry-on’s, May’s standing frame and a double stroller into our Ford Mondeo Estate (yes, it all fit) and drove with the children from Wales to London Heathrow. It was a three-hour drive and only the start of my travels home to Michigan. The day started at 5.40 AM. It didn’t end until after midnight. Well after midnight. Actually, considering that the children left in the morning with no breakfast and we woke them early, the day started smoothly. The kids complained a bit and then fell back asleep....

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