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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A Long Lola Update

It has been just over a month since Lola began attending the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI) and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the progress we are seeing in our little girl. Prior to attending ISBVI, Lola had been in a three day a week, couple hour a day program. While she was learning in that type of environment, we could tell she was craving more stimulation which is why we chose ISBVI. Lola attends the school five days a week for the entire day alongside four other kiddos in her class. She is in a play-based classroom yet there is also structured learning. They focus on Lola’s abilities not her disabilities which means the classroom setting is challenging but not overwhelming for...
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Bringing Sebastian into the World

×This is a day late as life just became too busy to get it published. Exactly one month ago today, Rob and I dropped Lola off at the sitters and told her she’d be a big sister soon. We kissed her goodbye and as we left tears returned to my already flooded eyes. I was just a couple days shy of being 41 weeks pregnant and per my doctor’s advice (for reasons I’m choosing to remain private about), I was going to induce labor. The decision had been made the day prior and for some reason, it wasn’t sitting well with me. While it was ultimately my choice, the thought of forcing our unborn child into the world made me feel somewhat guilty. I pictured our child all...
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We Have a Son!

Sebastian Edward Howell was born on January 10th, 2014 weighing 10 lbs 6 oz (yes…you read that correctly!) and measuring 22 inches in length. We are over the moon with happiness and couldn’t be more grateful to have Sebastian in our lives. Lola is slowly beginning to warm up to him although she doesn’t really seem to care whether he is around or not. She likes to call him Bubba and on occasion she’ll lean in and give him kisses yet this is usually followed by an attempted grab at his face. The terms “touch nice” are currently the most used phrase of the Howell household. I would love to share more, but I’m going to relish in these amazingly precious moments with my family. I’ll be back...
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