Halloween Can Be ‘Tricky’

What a bizarre holiday you are, Halloween. 364 days a year we teach our children not to talk to strangers, not to go up to stranger’s homes and never to take candy from a stranger. Yet on this one day a year, all rules are obsolete. Instead we say, “Hey kids! Go ahead and talk to strangers. Go right up to their homes. And why yes, by all means, eat their candy!” For young children and especially children with special needs — it can be quite confusing. Last year the weather was dreadful in Indianapolis. It was sleeting, it was cold and there was no way I was going to make my then 3-year-old and 10 month old endure Trick-or-Treating. This year I really wanted both Lola and...
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She’s a Stair Walking, Bird Wearing, Awe Inspiring Little Lady

Last week, Rob called me at work to share exciting news regarding Lola…she had walked down the stairs while holding the handrail in her preschool classroom. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Not because I didn’t think Lola would eventually do it, but simply because Lola isn’t able to walk on her own yet. She needs full hand assistance when walking, so for her to master the stair walking alone was quite a remarkable accomplishment. In fact, many children that are able to walk unassisted continue to receive early intervention therapy simply to master this difficult task. I was elated with happiness, but I sort of wanted to see for myself because I couldn’t really picture in my head my tiny daughter walking down stairs. And...
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The Cutie is on Cloud B

I know I’m biased because I’m Lola’s mom and all, but damn she looked cute yesterday. [frame align=”center”][/frame] [frame align=”center”][/frame] [frame align=”center”][/frame] [frame align=”center”][/frame] [frame align=”center”][/frame] I don’t normally push products on people, but yesterday our good friends John and Linda brought Lola a Cloud B Gentle Giraffe and I must say it is one of the best gifts she has ever received. When John heard the various sounds, he cleverly thought of Lola and her fine tuned hearing. It has four jungle themed settings that vary from Safari Groove to Babbling Brook. Lola was instantly hooked! Not only does she listen to the sounds, but she also reaches out to feel the giraffe. It has a handy strap so you can attach it to your stroller or...
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Halloween and Happiness

I know we’ve been absent for a few days, but Rob and I have begun the tedious task of preparing to move. While we still have a month before we board that plane back home, we would like to actually enjoy our final weeks with our family and friends rather than scrambling around to get everything in order. We only have two more weeks of work and then we are libre! I want to soak up that time with my Mom and Steve because as excited as I am to go home, I’m sure going to miss them. So not only have we been working at the hotel, we’ve also been getting medical records translated, ordering Lola’s mountain of medication we intend to bring back, trying to sell...
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