Nathan

Why Our Buddy Didn’t Walk This Year

October 21, 2014

Had you noticed I haven’t mentioned Down Syndrome Awareness Month this year? Every October since Nathan was born in 2010, our family has participated in a local Buddy Walk for Down syndrome. Well … it’s kind of local. We walk with the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County (DSSMC), but we don’t live in Mobile County. […]

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Nathan’s First Fun Run

October 7, 2014

You saw the picture on Sunday. Nathan looked “all grown up” – ready to attempt his first 1-mile fun run. He was looking at the camera, smiling broadly, as if to say, “I got this.” The reality? Not quite as smooth as you might expect. It was a last-minute decision to put him in the race. […]

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Seven Snippets: Zoom Ball, Waiting Room Therapy Sessions, and Pick a Sister: Elsa or Anna

September 19, 2014

— 1 — If your child goes to physical therapy, are you familiar with Zoom Ball? Because we most certainly are. In 2006, I have a photo of Sarah Kate playing Zoom Ball with her therapist, Carrie, in Birmingham following her rhizotomy. In 2014, I have an almost-identical photo of Sarah Kate playing Zoom Ball […]

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Special Needs Land Mine: The Fast Food Play Area

September 18, 2014

I can remember it like it was yesterday. Some of the moms of kids in Sarah Kate’s preschool in Decatur, Alabama decided to get together for coffee at the McDonald’s near I-65. We were all navigating the chaos of having preschoolers at home – those years when you do your best to talk to your […]

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Insta #MayberryRoadTrip

August 14, 2014

We headed out last Thursday morning with an extensive itinerary. My stretch goal was to be on the road by 7:00 am, putting us in Auburn around 11:00 for lunch with my friend AnnMarie and her daughter Hannah, though my drop-dead pull out time was 8:00 am. We pulled out of the driveway at 7:08, […]

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We Had a Good Run, But Now It’s Over

July 31, 2014

Remember back when we moved Nathan to the big boy bed, but he wouldn’t nap in his room because … daylight … or something? Back when my queen size bed was converted, like clockwork, into a jump-jump each afternoon? No? Then feel free to read up on it here and come right back. But then […]

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Inner Beauty Beach: The Return

July 29, 2014

A month ago, I stated that we wouldn’t go to the beach this summer. I was sure the only time my toes would sink in the white-sand beaches and my clothes would smell like the salt air would be the day that my friend Leigh Ann eloped on our favorite beach. Mr. Andi was only slightly more […]

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Nathan, the Very Worst Brother

June 10, 2014

This past Sunday at Mass, just prior to the homily, our priest introduced a host of visiting seminarians. One is “interning” with our parish for a couple of months this summer, and the other four are visiting this week from the religious order Institute of the Incarnate Word (abbreviated IVE for the Spanish Instituto del […]

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VIDEO(s): A Little Happy and A Little Progress

June 5, 2014

First I want to say how much I appreciate how you all have stuck with us over these past several weeks. I’ve mostly kept my regular blogging schedule, but I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants doing it. It’s been tough. Keeping an energetic small boy (who is used to being more-or-less the […]

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The Words I Was Sure I’d Never Say

May 22, 2014

Another school year has come and gone. Come August, Sarah Kate will move up to the sixth grade, and Nathan will be in Pre-K. We’ve registered him for three days a week again at the same private preschool he’s attended the past two years, and of course, he’s also still eligible for the developmental preschool […]

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