A Bittersweet Symphony of Tattoos, Tigers, and Retro Nachos – Part 2

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Did you miss part 1 on Tuesday? Go here to get caught up. Do you know what’s on the other side of that concrete rail? That’s right. NOTHING. I’m not going to sugarcoat things and claim that once we got to our seats I wasn’t nervous anymore. I was scared witless. Mr. Andi tried very […]

A Bittersweet Symphony of Tattoos, Tigers, and Retro Nachos – Part 1

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Mr. Andi and I are both graduates of Auburn University, and back in the day when we didn’t have kids and lived two hours away (instead of three and a half) we had season football tickets. But a little over a decade ago we had Sarah Kate and moved and gave up those tickets. We’ve […]

The Heartache I Didn’t See Coming

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Here in Mayberry, the kids wear uniforms to school. Uniforms are a parent’s dream. No grousing over what to wear in the mornings, no arguing about what to buy in the store during back-to-school shopping, and it’s pretty easy to find inexpensive tops and bottoms that fit the dress code. Because we live in a […]

My Love/Hate Relationship With Swim Team

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Those of you who’ve been reading for awhile likely noticed that blog posts about swim team are conspicuously absent this summer. Gone are the days when I celebrated every tiny achievement and wrote ad nauseum about the trials and triumphs of having a daughter with cerebral palsy who swims competitively (“competitive” being understood to mean […]

The Day I Became a Crazy Down Syndrome Stalker

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When you have a baby with Down syndrome, you become a part of a secret society. If you’re out in public and you spot another person with Down syndrome, you can’t help yourself – you have to make contact with them (or their parents). Other times, you find yourself on the receiving end of what […]

Some Days: Life as a Special Needs Mom

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Some days…you struggle to make yourself get ready to go visit with other moms who have typical lives. Some days…you die a little inside when you hear another mom answer, “Gee, I can’t think of anything. Guess my life must be pretty easy!” when someone asks her the question, “What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever […]

Counter-Culture: Down Syndrome, Disability, and an Unconventional Life

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Counter-cultural. It’s not a description I’d normally use to describe myself or my family. I’ve always been pretty conventional (in the way that Southern girls are conventional, with blush and lipstick). I made A’s all the way through high school, graduated valedictorian of my class, and went to college. I obtained a degree in electrical […]

The Typical One

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Often, when I’m getting ready in the morning, I bring Nathan into the bathroom with me and shut the door to keep him contained. A few days ago, I was standing at the counter watching him while he banged on the door and made faces at himself in the full length mirror. I said his […]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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I stood next to the dresser we’ve been using as a changing table and looked down at the vomit on Nathan’s and my shirts and pants. #$@! It was one of the first cool mornings of the fall and, knowing it was going to warm up later, I had very few options for dressing him. […]

Andi Speaks

Several months ago, I was asked to speak at an Atlanta-area Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting. I accepted, feeling that it would be a good opportunity to spend the weekend with my sister and a chance to educate people about the challenges of special needs parenting. Many times over the past few months I’ve given […]