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Sunday Dinner: New take on an old favourite

Sunday Dinner: New take on an old favourite It’s been a busy time but I still try and make a nice family meal on Sunday. Little Allie is way more interested in saucy, savoury foods than the boy, so now 3 out of 4 of us will eat what’s on the table for Sunday dinner. This Shepherd’s pie has 3 things going for it. One, despite having a long ingredient list, it’s pretty easy. 2. It’s delicious. 3. It has wine so I can throw a little in the pan, throw a little in my glass… and enjoy a little…

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Parenting, special needs parenting

For the sky

Another park. Another day. mom in park: How old is she? 2.5 mom in park: Wow. Yes she has some delays. mom in park: Oh. Is she walking? No, not yet. Someday. mom in park:¬†Huh. Will she catch up? No, probably not. But I’m sure she’ll surprise us in other ways. mom in park: She is cute… yep. Sigh. Then I snapped this photo and thought about how I see her: flying out in front, her brother smiling behind her. Swing on sweet girl. Aim for the sky. melanie

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: #winparenting

Williams Syndrome Wednesday: #winparenting One of the little secrets of parenting that no one likes to talk about is that we all want to win. I know, I know, parenting is not a competition. But it kind of is. It’s a competition with yourself to have your kids turn out in the way that you believe is best for them. I’m not talking about making them something they’re not. (Though sadly, some people see it this way ). I mean having kids choose to play a sport you played, or go to your alma mater or love reading as much…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: The Long Pause

It’s begun. The long pause after people say Allie is adorable and ask how old she is. She is small for her age, so I suppose she could be mistaken for her developmental age. People are really thrown when their 10 or 12 or 14 month old is the same size and further along. They get uncomfortable. They’re not sure what to say. There’s a long, long pause before then say again, just how cute she is. Sometimes I let them off the hook and tell them about WS and how it affects her. And sometimes I just don’t feel…

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Parenting, special needs parenting, Williams Syndrome

Williams Syndrome Wednesday: There may not be a plaque

There may not be a plaque with Allie’s name on it, or a wing of a hospital named after her or all the Williams Syndrome benefactors that are rallying around our fundraiser. There will likely never be enough zeros on our efforts to be considered newsworthy. No hand shaking photos. No press release. There will be a lot of hustle. A lot of late nights and early mornings. A lot of no. And I mean A LOT of no, I can’t help. But there is also yes. An echoing chorus of yes. Each yes turning someone else into a yes,…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: A good day ain’t got no rain

A mother raising a child with Williams syndrome, holding her baby in the nicu

Raising a child with Williams syndrome, I’ve learned a lot. Like that Paul Simon knows some things about some things. “She said a good day ain’t got no rain. She said a bad day is when I lie in bed and I think of things that might have been.” So one of my amazing sponsors gave some lovely kids books to The Auction for Alma. And one is called “Someday my Love” and it’s the story of a new mom and all the hopes and dreams she has for this baby girl. Except she missed a few: Like “Someday my…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: The Talk

On this journey I’ve learned a few things. Ok, maybe a great number of things. But one of the most important things I’ve learned is that there are LOTS of pretty good days (even great days)…being a special needs parent isn’t all doom and gloom. But then, out of nowhere, when you least expect it, your heart breaks all over again. This past weekend, the boy and I were out visiting local businesses looking for donations for The Auction for Alma. He remembers the auction from last year – we jumped into the bidding to secure the Lego set that…

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A little “Day Off” shopping trip to Girl Friday

Do you have a shop you consider “your store”? For me, it’s Girl Friday here in Toronto. I have a few days off and wanted to grab a new pair of jeans so I popped in today. I’ve been on the hunt for flattering “not skinny” jeans. But, having recently read a few articles that call my boot cut low-rise jeans “The new Mom Jeans” and not in a good way, I needed help to ensure I didn’t fall into buying the hottest jeans from the early 2000’s somewhere. Enter Girl Friday. First – there is no possible way to…

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Opa! Lactose-Free Tzatziki Recipe

Lactose-Free Tzatziki Recipe So being lactose intolerant doesn’t just mean no milk or cheese – it pretty much puts an end to anything creamy and delicious until you can find a decent work around. One that has eluded me for years is creating a simple lactose-free tzatziki. I don’t really have time to cheese-cloth drain anything to the right consistency and with no lactose free Greek yogourt available in Canada I was out of luck until… Lactose-free greek yogourt has arrived Finally, Libert√© launched Lactose Free Greek Yogourt! I grabbed some on Friday night and yesterday was the first time…

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Parenting, special needs parenting, Williams Syndrome

Obi’s Film Debut

My friend, the talented director Rob Quartly, was pretty interested in Alma’s story, the lore around Williams Syndrome and her super cute smile. So he created this lovely little film about our family to help spread awareness of Williams Syndrome. Have a look and share with friends. One day, no will have to ask me to explain what Williams Syndrome is. Through films like this, I’ll have already told them. Enjoy! [vimeo 108925607 w=500 h=281] melanie

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