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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Speed bumps

It’s amazing how everything can be going along tickety-boo, just racing along  – then wham, you hit something and everything seems to grind to a halt. I’ve taken to calling these moments speed bumps. The term makes me feel like whatever is tripping me or Obi or life up is just a temporary thing. Right now with Obi, it’s feeding. Purées don’t really go down unless she’s sucking them off her soother. Munchies like toast sticks and mum mums are heartily stuffed into the mouth, but any attempt at actually swallowing the thoroughly mushed bits that break off a toast…

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Lost…and found. (I’m gonna talk miscarriage so if you’re rather come back tomorrow – that’s cool)

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss and Remembrance Day. And, I know, nobody talks about miscarriage and babyloss. But today, I can’t help myself. If nobody talks about how a miscarriage threw their life for a loop how would anyone else know it’s ok to feel the same. If nobody talks about miscarriage, how do you know some people just keep keeping on, and that’s ok too. If nobody talks about miscarriage, how do you learn that it happens to lots and lots of women and you’re not alone. YOU’RE NOT ALONE. My first miscarriage in a word? Sad. Chest-achingly,…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday – As Long As She’s Healthy

I overheard someone talking to a pregnant woman the other day and realized something. I have a little confession to make. I’m carrying around a little guilt. And it’s probably nothing, but it’s weighing on my mind. I heard the expectant woman say “the phrase.” I’m willing to bet every pregnant person has said it at some time or another. I said it.  I said “We just want a healthy baby.” And, “I don’t care what we get, as long as it’s healthy”. We all say it – but we don’t really think things will turn out any other way….

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Fall Style 2013

Fall Style 2013 by melaniecote featuring knit shirts Joie blouse joie.com Hunkydory knit shirt farfetch.com Dorothy Perkins cream camisole dorothyperkins.com LOFT knit legging loft.com Frye boots $480 – gravitypope.com Tiffany Co necklace tiffany.com Stokke Baby ‘Scoot’ Stroller nordstrom.com Stokke Baby ‘Xplory’ Changing Bag nordstrom.com Sac polochon Balzane roots $625 – longchamp.com Nike Air Max Fusion $120 – footlocker.eu I happened to be on Facebook yesterday when Chatelaine Mag popped onto my newsfeed with this: Hello, friends! Welcome to our fall fashion Facebook hour with our stylish host, our Asst. Fashion Editor, Tyler Franch. Send us your questions now! So I asked: As a work at home…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Let’s be better

I posted earlier this week about an incident that happened while Obi and I were out in the world. If you missed the post, you can read it here. I had interesting responses but the one that has stuck with me the most was a facebook comment saying “he should be fired”. There was a time when I would have agreed that he should be. But these days I know getting him let go wouldn’t help him in the long run. He’d probably storm home or out with his friends and say that the mom of some “enterdisparagingremarkhere” kid got…

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The day I realized I will never be the same.

Things happen in life that change you. And you don’t really notice the affect until one day when you find you’re just not the same person you were before. Today was that day for me. Oh, and it REALLY pissed me off. Let me explain. It’s fitting that this epiphany happened at Starbucks. I’m a big fan. Mmm, grande awake tea. Anyway, earlier today I headed to ‘bucks, girl in the buggy, trying to get her to nap. As I was passing through the door, a guy was coming out. He held the door for me and, over my head,…

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Hey, Let’s build lego

…for 7 hours straight. Said no parent. Ever. I was gonna post a picture of the great castle we built with (for) the boy today. I used to collect them in my younger days – so we were working on a big 800 piece set from my youth. Yep, I was gonna post a pic of the castle except IT’S STILL NOT DONE! Hub and I switched off on and off building building duty for as long as most people consider a day’s work and didn’t manage to complete the $*#%ing thing. And we need to wake up in the…

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Drop Off Zone

It’s that time of year around here – birthday party season. And while we’re planning our own party for November, the invites are pouring in for classmates parties. The thing is, we’re now into drop off parties. Which seems to have come along faster than I’d expected, given the boy is still only 3. This causes 2 major problems for me. One, my boy refuses to be dropped off, which makes me the awkward hanging around parent, and two, I’m gonna have to host a ‘drop off’ party. Which, I’m not gonna lie, seems like about 100 times harder to…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Finding ‘our people’

Mommy groups filled with typical mommies caring for typical babies can feel very isolating. I’ve learned when you’re parenting a child with a developmental delay caused by a genetic issue, it’s really hard to relate. In addition to the day-to-day feeling that you can’t keep up with the conversations about what’s happening with the babies that one-by-one pass yours by, there’s the uncertain future that makes you, and others, uncomfortable. For instance, you often hear, I’m letting my baby XXX (co-sleep, have a pacifier, potty-train when ready, skip tummy time) because no one every goes to university (sleeping in their…

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I love it when things come in the mail

This new ‘subscription box’ craze makes me very happy. But, there are so few that I like that actually ship to Canada. Lucky for me, a local Mom, and I mean really local – like, basically in my neighbourhood – started a fantastic subscription service called MommiesFirst. They ship monthly to expectant mommies and new moms through baby’s first year. I have it on good authority that they’re looking to expand into the toddler years soon. My fingers are crossed that ‘soon’ means January. Anyhoo, I thought I’d take a stab at creating a video and taped the ‘Unboxing’ of…

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