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Mommydo Review: The Honest Company at well.ca and GIVEAWAY

The Honest Company Review I’m very choosy about what I use on the kids, especially since Alma. But, sometimes wading through all the choices can be daunting. I have to admit I clapped my hands and squealed the first time I came across The Honest Company. I greedily read everything about how it started, their mission and what they offered Moms like me, who are looking for new, progressive options their families. I love planet friendly, human friendly, CUTE products with sharp design. Sadly, shipping them to Canada was expensive. Sigh. The Honest Company at Well.ca. When I heard the Honest Company was coming…

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Giveaway Rules and Regulations

By entering a giveaway hosted by Mommydo, you agree to understand and follow the Giveaway Rules & Regulations. These giveaway rules and regulations apply to all open Giveaways hosted by Mommydo unless stated otherwise. By entering any giveaway on Mommydo, you are giving your consent to be contacted by email should be a winner. To Enter: No purchase is necessary in order to enter any giveaway that is directly hosted by Mommydo. To enter each giveaway, simply fill in the Giveaway Tools form via the link in the post OR follow the specific giveaway rules/requirements. Eligibility: All Giveaways hosted by…

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Parenting, special needs parenting, Williams Syndrome

Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Advice for new members of the Special Needs Moms Club

It’s not earth shattering. In fact, it’s probably the same advice you got when you first started dating years ago. And, I wish someone had given it me. Here it is: Hang on to your friends.  Hang on tight. Here’s why: There’s going to be a time when they surround you. They’ll be there for you. They won’t know what to say and will probably say things that they regret or things that make you cringe. They will probably stick their feet in their mouths (Will she ever be normal?). Yikes. But that’s just because they don’t know what to…

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Contradictions 

Three years ago, Shane headed off to his new school – for first day of Montessori. He walked the 1.2km to the school, was mostly potty trained and was already fluent in sarcasm. Alma is the same age today as he was then. Tomorrow he embarks on a new journey at a new school. Once we drop him off, Alma will start the new year at her 2.5h per day reverse integrated special needs preschool. We have a walker prepared for her and her TPSL block starts right off the bat. She’s been accepted into Physio at Holland Bloorview so…

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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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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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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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