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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Permission to Let It Be

Sometimes it’s nice to hear someone say “Things are ok as they are.” This week’s dose of chillax came from the special feeding clinic that baby Obi now attends. Feeding has been a huge struggle right from day one. We finally got her eating pureed baby food at about a year. We’ve been trying to increase textures but not having any luck. And do you know what the experts said? Let her eat purees. Thicken them slowly over months and months. Stop pushing her to move ahead faster than she can. It’s ok. You know, it’s not ok for me…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: 1 in 20,000 is the lonliest number

Yeah, I know, I’ve missed a few Wednesdays. I totally had ‘that thing’ happen. The one where you have something on your mind and you really want to say it – but it’s such a big friggin’ downer for you and everyone else that you don’t say it. And then, as it’s all you want to say, you can’t think of anything else to say, so you just say nothing. Yep. I’ve said nothing these past weeks because I don’t want to actually commit these words to print “it’s just not the same”. There, it’s out there now. I have…

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I never really think of St. Paddy’s day as Stew day

But I did see stew come up a lot through the day yesterday. If you’re like me, and are now craving stew, try this recipe for Italian Beef stew from Cooking Classy. It’s March 18 so you don’t have to worry about the non-Irish part… I made it last week and it was super delish. I, of course, didn’t take a picture because we’re busy like that these days. But I’m sure the one I’m about to ‘share’ is better than I would have taken anyway. PHOTO: Cooking Classy Italian Beef Stew Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 4 hours,…

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Parenting

If connection is better for typical kids…

is it critical for those with special needs? I just read this article which talks about how too much time in a front-facing stroller can limit your baby’s speech and physical development. Studies show that babies in rear-facing strollers have more advanced language skills than babies in front-facing strollers. I was very keen for my boy to be in a parent facing stroller which is why I chose the Stokke Xplory for my first born, and selected the Stokke Crusi for my daughter. After I learned about her Williams Syndrome, I was doubly glad I had picked another one of…

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Well, I feel special.

Joey and the Owl nominated me for an amazing BLOG AWARD. What fun! I’m fully borrowing this description from her post.  This award is something passed around in the blogging community where bloggers nominate other bloggers. It is a way to promote newer blogs and introduce new followers to these blogs. Mommydo is really just getting started and I’m *blushing* with pride over being recognized by a fellow blogger. Here are my answers: 1. What made you want to start blogging? Well, I wanted to chat about random things but when I’m up and ready to connect, everyone else is…

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Need a little Sunshine? Maybe these will help…

I have a friend who’s called me Lemonie for years and I happen to LOVE lemon, so when I saw this recipe on Pinterest I had to try it. Lemonies (From Rita’s Recipes) Lemon Brownies 3/4 C flour 3/4 C sugar 1/4 t salt 1 stick butter, soft 2 eggs juice from 1/2 lemon (about 1T) zest from 1/2 lemon (about 1t) Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the softened butter. In another bowl whisk the eggs with the lemon juice and zest. Add to the larger bowl and mix well. Pour into prepared…

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Feeling like a million bucks

I totally got personally styled and it was Ah-mazing. Wah? You heard right. I’m starting a work contract that happens in an actual office. In case you didn’t know, I’ve been working from home for 2 years – the first year I did a few contracts but also managed clients on my own and last year, on ‘mat leave’ I continued to work on my clients when projects came up. It was a very short lead time for this gig but I realized I needed to get out of the house and gain some perspective (staring at the baby wasn’t…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: Alikes

Have you given thought to the change in how the people see ability? When I was growing up, people who had differences, physical and developmental were kept away. They went through school in different classes. They weren’t playing sports at the same venues or in the same dance classes I took. Every one who was with me was like me, and everyone who was not like me was somewhere else. This magnified the all the ways we were different. When I learned about Obi’s condition and every day since I’ve fretted about all the ways she’ll be different. From her…

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Williams Syndrome Wednesday: 1 Year Adjusted

Dear Obi, One year ago today was your due date. You were born almost 6 weeks early, and despite what everyone said at the time, you haven’t ‘all but caught up’ by your Adjusted Birthday. You’ve checked all the little boxes for 8 month milestones and have, just in the last couple of days, finally checked off the first ones for 9 months. You’ve now clapped and banged objects together. You reached your hands up to be picked up this week too. Although they are not on the list, last week you gave me my first official hug, and today…

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Mommydo’s 5-Minute Face

This fab combo is my current go-to to take off 5 years and make it look like I got 5 more hours of sleep. A sensitive skin friendly, blemish banishing, fine-line fighting super set of cosmetics that you can put on in a flash and dash out the door. The tinted moisturizer is SPF 30 (awesome) and the Benefit lip stuff makes my lips feel all soft and velvety. This isn’t a sponsored post or anything (of course if NARS or BENEFIT want to replenish my stash, that would be FAB), just a quick note to let other time-starved-who-has-time-for-makeup-but-when-did-I-get-so-old-and-tired-looking-geez-maybe-I-should-do-something-about-that women…

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