Baby Bath

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Giving a baby a bath is not an easy task.  Daddy prefers not to do it at all.  I’m not sure if he’s ever given our youngest baby a bath.  I know it’s daunting, and a bit scary at first, but anyone can master it. Anyway, here’s how I go about bath time: Supplies: Baby…

Baby Carriers

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I love wearing my babies!  For a lot of us moms, baby carriers are like handbags.  We’re not satisfied with just one, or something in us just wants to try them all.  They all have their own benefits.  If you aren’t interested in owning more than one, but want to wear Baby, here are my…

The Lingo

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I imagine it’s awkward being a friend or relative to a family with special needs.  There are so many questions, and the parents may not have all the answers.  You can read articles about the diagnosis, but that won’t describe every child. I’m still new to the special needs community, and have to really pay…

Baby’s Heart

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At our recent well-baby exam, the pediatrician was listening to my baby’s heart and said she heard a murmur.  Of course I was concerned, but not devastated. With his poor weight gain, we need to be sure his heart is strong.  Our pediatrician has a wonderful relaxed, yet thorough approach, and just wanted to rule…

Baby Proofing

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With our first child, very little baby-proofing was needed.  He didn’t try to get into stuff he didn’t belong in.  Except one drawer.  So, we put a latch on it, which immediately broke when he opened the drawer, causing him to fall on the drawer and bust his lip (I’m not happy with Safety First. …

Public Restrooms

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I think every new mom dreads the day their baby becomes a toddler who can walk around a public restroom, and even more, the day they use it. I seemed to do OK keeping my oldest from touching anything when he started using public restrooms, but now that there are two of them, it somehow…

Top Behavior Strategies

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With a four-year-old and a two-year-old, and not enough time to spread across my three children, along with dishes and laundry (Oh, how I despise them!  The chores, not the children!), behavior is always a challenge. I often have those days where we have back to back appointments from 8:00am to 5:00pm, which means the…

Scholarships

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Our special needs have required me to stay home, and us to pay for additional expenses.  Not a very economical combination.  I have now entered the world of scholarships. I never really applied for them in high school.  I was ignorant, without good guidance or much experience.  Now, I apply for each one I come…

Emotions

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It’s been an emotional weekend.  OK, not that emotional.  But we haven’t had an emotional moment in a long time, so this is novel. Early last week, my little big guy had the opportunity to participate in a study of evaluation tools used to diagnose Autism.  Some new experimental evaluations were used, and are being…

Lesson 1 – Happiness

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Boys, One of the “goals” I have with this letter is to pass on some things I’ve learned in my lifetime….  Partly in-case I am, for some reason, no longer here to do it myself, and partly just because I need to get it down in writing as they come to me or else I’ll…