May's History

Happy Birthday May! You are 5!

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 | 9 comments

Happy Birthday May! You are 5!

Sorry? May is what??? ((Gasp. Choke. Cough.)) Five? Yes, it’s happened. And this year my birthday cupcake making ended in disaster. Who knew Thomas the Tank Engine cupcakes (my choice clearly) have both cupcake mix AND frosting mix in the box. And, that they can’t be interchanged. NOTE TO SELF: Don’t open a bakery. As with previous birthday posts, let the celebrations begin! May, when you were born, here is what the doctors definitely knew you would be able to do: - pee - breathe Now at FIVE years old you can: - Bash your monkey toy and play independently with it, setting...

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By popular request: May’s first steps!

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 | 11 comments

By popular request: May’s first steps!

Today, I received an emailed bulletin from BabyCenter. Subject: Is your baby walking? It landed in my inbox because my baby, Ieuan, turned one only two weeks ago. He is like any one-year old, more of a toddler now than a baby. Crawling everywhere. Standing on shaky legs, with a big grin on his face and one small step away from delicious trouble. And, that’s wonderful. That’s exactly how it is supposed to be. But, I have another child. My daughter, May, who is also a “toddler” though she has never toddled. She is three. May is severely brain-damaged. After she was born, the only things the...

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This might make you angry. If you’re a midwife.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 | 14 comments

This might make you angry. If you’re a midwife.

300 doctors in a room = polite applause (and a few shouts of “Bravo! Bravo!” Okay, I made that last bit up.) 1 post where I question why anyone would choose a home birth over a hospital = reader RAGE Admittedly, I don’t get it. It seems far too risky to me, during a very risky event: birth. If your toddler stopped breathing, where would you choose to be located: in your living room or in a hospital? Every single parent, in the entire world, would choose the hospital. I can’t imagine putting myself or my baby at risk, even if it was only a 15 minute ambulance journey...

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3 things I forgot about May, until I read this

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 | 2 comments

3 things I forgot about May, until I read this

Whaddya hear? Whaddya know? Three things I forgot about until I re-read this archive post from January 2010: How loudly May used to snort. That there ever was a pre-teething phase. The endless exercises we tried to help May hold something to her mouth. And, of course, that May is adorable. Never underestimate May’s superior power of cuteness. In all seriousness, I was reminded today to appreciate every moment. Small moments like these are not insignificant. It was that thought which led me back here. Without further ado: This week I’m… using teething biscuits from the...

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From the archives: This week I’m… eating big girl food! (May 1, 2010)

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 | 0 comments

From the archives: This week I’m… eating big girl food! (May 1, 2010)

While we marvel this week at our little three-year old, where was May developmentally at her first birthday? Rewind almost exactly two years ago: we’d been working with May on eating for six months at this point, but she had made very little progress and was losing weight. Step in May’s SALT (Speech and Language Therapist) who taught her to eat. How we take for granted this simple and extraordinarily complex set of skills! Tonight, while you eat dinner, note the passage of your food from plate to stomach: lifting it on to a fork, placing it accurately in your mouth, pulling the...

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