Come Stroll Down Memory Lane – A Birthday Post

Warning! Plethora of pictures! I’m almost a month late with the Lola birthday post, but that seems to be the story of my life lately. Lola turned five-years-old on January 4th and I’m still pinching myself with disbelief! I’ve had so many emotions with this birthday and I can’t seem to figure out why. There’s something about five that says she’s well on her way to school dances, shaving her legs, screaming “I hate you” and everything else teenage-related. All right so I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but she’s getting bigger which scares the hell out of me yet makes me look forward to all of the good stuff that’s just right around the corner. Five years ago, I was afraid for her future. I didn’t...
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‘Progressing’

Try to do a blog post today. Most days I think it, but I rarely follow through. It’s not because I’m not dedicated to Say Hola Lola, it’s just that my free moments are few and far between these days. Anyone with young children knows this to be true. For those that would like continuous Lola updates, I’d recommend following Say Hola Lola on Facebook or on Instagram. It’s hard to believe Lola has completed her first full year of school (she started halfway through last year). On her final day of school, I sobbed like a baby throughout the entire day. I couldn’t articulate into words where the tears were coming from, I just knew I was proud. I watched the video of Lola walking to the...
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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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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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Just One of Those Days

Yesterday as I was sobbing to my mother about how much it pisses me off that Lola has to work so hard to achieve her milestones and how I was beginning to feel helpless as her mother, she stopped me and said “maybe you should write about it”. And as I sit here ready to put my most vulnerable feelings out on the internet, I think of my husband gently telling me to be cautious about using the blog as my diary. But today, I’m choosing to write not only to free myself of some pretty bad feelings, but also so others can see that you’re not a horrible parent to thrive for an easier life for your special needs child. Most days I am strong, positive and...
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