Posts Tagged "sibling"

Should you have another baby?

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 | 1 comment

Should you have another baby?

Last week on BabyCenter, I mused over whether parents should have another child – and specifically I was thinking of parents of children with special needs, but it could be anyone who just loves babies and is an enormous sap. Should you have another baby? Here’s the answer: Three years ago, I felt like an absolute lunatic when I reluctantly admitted to my husband what’d I’d been mulling over for the past six months. “Sometimes,” I said, “I think about having another baby.” “I’d have another baby with you,” he returned with a...

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If you ever doubted having another child…

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 | 3 comments

If you ever doubted having another child…

WARNING: Do not watch the following video with anyone you would be embarrassed weeping in front of. This week on BabyCenter, I shared this video of Trenton and his sister Lindsay, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness and progressive loss of movement: There has been no greater, unexpected joy in my life than seeing my children’s relationship blossom. My daughter’s disabilities made me question whether a second child would benefit her or take valuable time away from her. But one thing I thought less of was whether it would benefit him to be...

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The one good thing that happened between all the puking and screaming

Posted on May 30, 2013 | 1 comment

The one good thing that happened between all the puking and screaming

My son is a Vomit Monster. On our trip to Wales this week for one last visit with Nana before THE SURGERY, Ieuan turned into Godzilla. That is, if Godzilla demolished Tokyo by puking. I’ve turned it into a poem: Puke On the way to Wales Puke Coming home from Wales Puke On the car seat Puke On the front seat Puke On the car seat again just to be thorough I’ll tell you what I tell my students when I produce something beautiful – like this poem – for them in lessons: “If you don’t get it, that means you don’t appreciate art.” I’m masking...

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Newsflash: Disabled child has fun and is fun!

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 | 3 comments

Newsflash: Disabled child has fun and is fun!

Our pre-birthday celebrations have begun. May’s fourth birthday – and yes, I can’t believe it and other appropriate clichés – is on Tuesday. Today, we took her to one of her favorite places, Kew Gardens in London. It is a vast playground perfect for those in wheelchairs and otherwise, as it is completely accessible. Today, we visited one of their greenhouses for the first time with May. After a brisk walk chasing Ieuan in the cooling afternoon sun, the tropical heat of the greenhouse was very pleasant. May particularly enjoyed sitting on a bench underneath a pipe...

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Two amazing kids who proved everyone wrong

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 | 1 comment

Two amazing kids who proved everyone wrong

May sledding yesterday was partially inspired by these two boys who I wrote about today on the BabyCenter Blog. Being the kind of sappy, sentimental type, their story – orginally written about on this Sport Illustrated Kids Blog – had me blubbering like a baby. Here’s my take on their story: Connor Long refused to believe his younger brother, Cayden, couldn’t compete in sports with him. That Cayden can not walk or talk was not a deterrent in Connor’s eyes. Why should it be? The two boys were named 2012 SportsKids of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids because of Connor’s...

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