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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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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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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Trying New “Methods”

It is interesting how life has a way of laying out a path for you especially when you are seeking a road less travelled. It was last June when I stumbled into the “Special Needs” section at Barnes & Noble…a store I rarely visit, but just happened to tag along into that particular day. I perused several titles and one title in particular stood out to me: Kids Beyond Limits– Breakthrough results for children with by autism, Aspberger’s, brain damage, ADHD, and undiagnosed developmental delay by Anat Baniel. I flipped through several pages and knew instantly it was a book worth purchasing. I loved that the focus of the Method was to work with a child’s abilities rather than sequestering them based on their dis-abilities. At that point...
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Stepping Out in Style…Orthotics Style

This past week Midwest Orthotics and Technology Center called to state that Lola’s orthotics were ready. Seeing that I had missed the initial appointment due to work, I was still very curious as to how the orthotics would function. I have to admit I also had visions of Forrest Gump and the knee high braces he had to wear on his legs in an effort to walk correctly. I was prepared for anything, but was pleasantly surprised when I actually saw Lola’s orthotics. The orthotics tech took her time explaining to me about why Lola needs the orthotics and how they will help. Anyone that has been around Lola knows that she is a toe pointer. If we let her continue to do this, she would probably walk...
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