Family Unions Reuniting

This post might be long…in fact, I’m thinking I should break it up into two posts because as requested by my readers, I have pictures. And I mean lots of pictures. Where to start? It’s 6:30 am, I’m 28 weeks pregnant and my brain is in 28 different locations. Bear with me. I think I’ll start with family… On a rainy Sunday morning, I was able to leave work early and as I was getting ready to eagerly head home when I read an email from my mom. Subject Caption : Arrive Early I knew my mom and Steve were in the U.S. (remember they live in Costa Rica) beginning their three week vacation and I knew we were a stop somewhere in between, but I was thrilled...
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2013 VIPS Retreat – A Reunion

Last weekend Rob, Lola and I drove down to Louisville, Kentucky for the annual VIPS Retreat. Last year we were quite impressed with the overall logistics of the event which meant there was no hesitation in saying yes when asked if we’d be going back this year. We arrived early Saturday morning and first to do on our list was check Lola into the VIPS preschool. The VIPS Preschool is specifically designed for children who are blind or visually impaired. Not only is the infastructure designed for kids like Lola, but the toys serve specific vision loss components and most of the personnel are trained teachers of the visually impaired. There is a nurse on duty for those children who are medically fragile which helps ease the mind...
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And So The Transition Begins

A couple of weeks ago, we moved Lola into her very own big girl bed. We considered many options in regards to a bed for her. Was she ready to move out of a crib? Would she be safe in a raised toddler bed? Should we buy a toddler mattress to put on the floor first? Should we consider a twin size mattress on the floor? After many long discussions, Rob and I decided we would move Lola to a twin mattress that would stay on the floor. Lola is a long girl and we would often hear her hit the sides of her crib which would inadvertently disrupt her sleep. We did not feel that Lola was ready to sleep in a raised bed as her comprehension...
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And Of Course, a Lola Update

Lola has been one busy little girl which means that makes us busy by default. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, to us Lola is just Lola. Sure we know she has challenges and quirks, crazy schedules and many appointments, medicines and much much more but that is the life of our little girl. It’s the only life with a child that we know. When I don’t post about Lola, it’s simply because Lola is just busy being a typical toddler. She’s sassy and hornery. She is on a food strike where all she wants is peanut butter sandwiches and crunchy snacks. She throws fits because she can’t voice what she wants which has led us to believe that “the terrible twos” really do exist....
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Big Sisters Have to be Big Girls

Last night Rob and I began to have the discussion about where new baby’s room will be. Will she (no…not the sex, just using it for writing purposes) take Lola’s room, will she use Lola’s crib, will we keep the same theme and the list goes on. Of course that conversation led to heavy thinking on my part like will I love this baby as much as Lola, will Lola feel left out, will they love each other, are we really responsible enough to care for another tiny being and my mind continued to go in crazy directions (hey I’m a woman a wildly emotional pregnant woman). After much discussion and after many reassurances the bottom line was this…it’s time to let Lola grow up. You know, everyone...
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