Happy Birthday Sebastian!

Dear Sebastian, It was one year ago today you graced us with your unbelievable presence. We should have known you were going to be a force of nature just by the way you came into the world. You were quite happy in mommy’s belly and you were showing no signs of coming out by the time mommy’s due date came around. Four days later, the doctor thought it would be safest for mommy to be induced so you would be born. But you had your own agenda buddy. I didn’t need to be induced because you began to come on your own, right after we checked into the hospital. And then when you were finally being born, you actually got stuck! Now I had been a mom to...
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Oh Life, Please Settle Down

Well, I started this post last week and then every kid disease and ailment took over my house. Lola was sick and it turned out it was Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease. I think Rob and I had it last weekend and of course Sebastian got it too. Aggghhh!! I didn’t even know what the heck HFMD was until I learned about the epidemic it has become in Indiana this year. Plus Sebastian is teething. And then throw Lola’s epilepsy on top of all of it. Well, it’s been just an epic couple of weeks in the Howell house. I should be doing nice things for myself in this downtime, but I think I’ll go and disinfect my house, my mind and my soul from all of this crap...
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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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The Elephant in the Room

Does Sebastian have the same genetic condition as Lola? Many wonder, but most won’t ask and I get it, I probably wouldn’t ask either. You don’t want to offend us by inquiring, but you’re curious and I would be too. We knew it was a possibility even before Sebastian was conceived and it was a thought in the very back of my mind when I was pregnant. But as of right now, we have no reason to believe Sebastian was affected by the same genetic condition as Lola. Heck, we don’t even know what that genetic condition really is, but he seems to be typically developing. He is still quite young, but thinking back to when Lola was his age – well there were plenty of signs that...
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