What Life Means Today

Some years ago, this blog began as a way to stay connected with family and friends while Rob and I embraced our new life in Costa Rica — it was actually called Live Love Travel Souls. I then became pregnant with Lola so I thought I’d blog about the healthcare system in Costa Rica and raising a baby in a foreign country. And then over a course of time, life changed drastically when Lola was diagnosed with infantile spasms (a rare form of epilepsy), cortical visual impairment and global developmental delays. The blog morphed into Say Hola Lola. When Lola began to have seizures, countless medical appointments, endless diagnostic testing, a daily regime of medication and therapies to help her get strong both physically and mentally, I scoured...
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Lil’ Melon Baby Knee Pads Giveaway!

Lil' Melon Baby Knee Pads Giveaway

From the moment I found out I was pregnant with Lola, my maternal instincts quickly kicked in. My new job in life–to protect. I watched the types of food I ate, I didn’t allow myself to be around smoke, I didn’t take any medications that weren’t prescribed, I did everything in my power to protect my growing child. That’s what we do as parents, right? We love, we nourish, we care for and we protect our children. That need to protect has evolved into various forms. When Lola began to roll, I made sure she was never close to an edge. When she began to eat solids, I made sure her bites were small enough so she didn’t choke. When she began to crawl, I began to baby-proof...
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How I Won My Daughter Back

Last week Lola was on spring break from the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI). I’ll be truthful and say I was not exactly thrilled with the idea of having both Lola and Sebastian home with me all day. I sort of lucked out when I had Sebastian because Lola was starting school that very same week. It was perfect timing actually. Lola would be at school for almost eight hours and that would give me uninterrupted time to bond with Sebastian. Remember, Lola wasn’t too keen on Sebastian’s arrival nor was she interested in sharing her mommy. In fact, she began to shun me in preference of her father. My heart was broken, but I was determined to win her love back and shockingly...
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In Case You Missed the Big News…

I had planned to write this elaborate post about how amazing Lola is doing with her walking, but I have a little baby boy (two months today!) who is wanting to be near his mama. And today I’m choosing to embrace his need to be close because time is indeed flying by. I don’t want to be that mom who wishes she had put down the technology in order to be more present in her life. I want to be an active part of it. So I’ll simply let you see for yourself how well Lola is walking… I literally watch these videos several times a day. I’m so proud of our daughter and all of the hard work she has put in to achieve this incredible milestone....
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My Kid Hates Me

When Rob and I decided to have another baby, I never once thought I’d be sacrificing one child relationship for the other, but unfortunately that’s where we’re at these days. Lola loves her father and she loathes me. I get it. I mean we brought in this new “thing” as she sees Sebastian. He cries, he steals attention, it appears he always gets what he wants and worst of all…he’s not going away. In the beginning days of Sebastian’s arrival, Lola was very curious about him. She was interested in where he was, she would dissect him as if he was an alien, but she was loving in her own way even trying to kiss him on occasion. When she would hear him cry she would begin to...
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