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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Happy Birthday Lola!

Image Credit Dear Lola, Today, my darling sweet girl, you are four years old. Four years ago, you came into this world with your own agenda — to make it a better place. And you’ve done just that. You inspire strangers and impress everyone who knows you. You have been handed challenges, but the way you gracefully navigate through them without fuss make your challenges seem unimportant. You are a fighter. Your ability to persevere even when life knocks you down is a trait you developed on your own. I wish I could take credit for this, but lord knows Mommy isn’t as strong as you baby girl. But you make me stronger each and every day. You help me realize spontaneity is an unappreciated characteristic of life....
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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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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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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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