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5 simple ways to comfort a sensitive child

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 | 1 comment

5 simple ways to comfort a sensitive child

I HATE THIS! …says May in a million ways every day. May has a lot of sensory issues that could limit us if we let them. But, we want to be a part of the world, not locked away in our house every day. When we leave our house, I can’t control the environment – but I have picked up a few tricks that help comfort her. Here is one way to tackle each of the 5 senses: 1. TOUCH – Touch anything wet or cold to your child’s hand before touching it to their face. The face is a very sensitive place and it will be less shocking for them if they feel it first somewhere else....

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This week I’m… getting messy with May!

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 | 4 comments

This week I’m… getting messy with May!

It’s Autumn and the Harvest season. Time to get into food with May. And I mean really into food. All hands in. Halloween and Thanksgiving are great opportunities to work with pumpkins. May’s interest and ability to reach forward (or thrust forward as she does) is growing. Pumpkins offer a great contrast in textures: the smooth, cool shell and the slimy, stringy guts littered with seeds. Plus, pumpkin guts make the silliest sploosh sound when you pat with your hands. Also, they make tasty treats. But, I’m not a food blogger. I wouldn’t trust my pumpkin recipes –...

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This week I’m… using an iPad?

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 | 10 comments

This week I’m… using an iPad?

May wants an iPad. It’s not because she thinks I deserve to watch more movies. (Though that’s a bonus.) She wants an iPad because it may be the first piece of equipment that really helps her learn to see. May has Cortical Visual Impairment (AKA Cerebral Visual Impairment). CVI is the brain damage that stops her from understanding what she sees. This photo is a good example of how May does not focus, not because she can’t, but because she’s never understood there is anything to focus on. Over the past few years, we’ve spent money on a lot of visually stimulating...

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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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Walking and giggling. That’s how we do it. (VIDEO)

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 | 5 comments

Walking and giggling. That’s how we do it. (VIDEO)

At this point, the video of May walking for the first time has been viewed almost 5,000 times. That is a lot of happy tears, people. But, how did we get here? How did we go from a baby who we thought would leave the hospital attached to machines, to a toddler walking in a walker? First of all, mainly it is just luck. (If you can call being a half-brained baby luck… work with me here.) Luck that May loves bouncing. Luck that May has strength and control of her legs. Luck that she was born to us (and I mean that. That’s not ego. There are a lot of children that are born like May,...

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