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Why I bottle-fed my daughter and don’t regret it

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 | 0 comments

Why I bottle-fed my daughter and don’t regret it

My breastfeeding battle lasted five weeks. “Battle” is the delicate way to describe it. The first five weeks of my daughter’s life, all spent in the neonatal intensive care unit at our local hospital. It was hard. I can’t deny that. And it was all because of breastfeeding. May was born brain-damged and even that she could suck was a victory. The breastfeeding team in the hospital were very supportive. They visited me every day, anytime I needed them. My daughter seemed to be making progress, but she was still dependent on tube...

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The Special Needs Sleep Guide or “Sleep? What the hell is that?”

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 | 2 comments

The Special Needs Sleep Guide or “Sleep? What the hell is that?”

It’s 5.30 AM. Why am I up, you ask? If you are a parent to child with special needs you probably already know. May woke at 2.30 and mewed/cried/sobbed for attention until 3.45. I’m trying to retrain her to soothe herself to sleep so I let her “cry-it-out” a method of sleep training used on babies. You let them cry and extend the amount of time in between going in to comfort them. I lay with May the first time, but after that I held her hand or stroked her face. I left her alone and I waited in my bed for the first sound of her complaints which always seemed to...

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What mountain would you climb for the perfect toy?

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 | 1 comment

What mountain would you climb for the perfect toy?

Does the perfect toy exist? What if your child is disabled cognitively and physically like mine is? Check my bank account. I’ve wasted a lot of money trying to solve this conundrum. And yet, we did find the perfect toy. For my daughter, this is her monkey toy. It is a jungle symphony of noises and songs. It is bright so she can see it easily, sturdy so she can smack it at will and has chunky components that activate easily despite her physical limitations. Yes, perfect. She’s had it since she was a baby and it’s lasted five years now. That’s an amazing lifespan for a...

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Court rules strollers have priority over wheelchairs

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Court rules strollers have priority over wheelchairs

This week in Britain, a court of appeal ruled that bus companies don’t have to prioritise wheelchair users over mothers pushing strollers. It’s a decision that pits buggies against wheelchairs and mothers against the disabled. That’s not a battle I feel comfortable with. And does it even exist? After all, I’m a mother and I have a disabled daughter – that’s one mighty internal struggle. On BabyCentre, I wrote about the ruling and was pleased that majority of folk on the web site and then on their Facebook page agreed: that outside of extreme situations,...

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Why I love my half-brained baby

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 | 6 comments

Why I love my half-brained baby

Praise be all parents who lovingly pack a hospital bag for their child knowing they will be wheeled into surgery the next day. On Sunday night, I packed up my daughter’s clothes and nappies and all the essentials — plus her Minnie Mouse pillow and treasured, baby blanket — for her hip surgery the following day. Finally, I packed her favourite toy, a monkey music toy. On the bottom, I wrote in big letters “Property of May”. Last time she had surgery, someone took her monkey toy and placed it in the black hole of the children’s toy room in the ward. I...

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