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The Sweetest Birthday Boy
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The First Seizure
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Paging Dr. McDreamy
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Toddler Tornado
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I’m Lucky To Be A Stay At Home Mom

The Sweetest Birthday Boy

Is it just me, or does this seem like a LOT of presents?? We threw a birthday party for our 6yr old today. The weather was brilliant, nobody went missing or got injured and despite my pathetic cupcakes, the kids had a blast. We weren’t sure what to do for his party this year. Parents in our neighbourhood tend to go crazy overboard and we didn’t want to do that. Who am I kidding, we couldn’t afford it even if we wanted to. We ended up reserving the mini-soccer field behind our house. You can rent a public field from the city ($12 for 2hrs).     Hubby pitched a tent…ahem, for shade. We brought snacks and drinks, mangled cupcakes and scads of sports equipment – one of the many perks of being married to a gym teacher. My husband and his brother, also a P.E. guy organized all sorts of fun, active games. Our boy was such a great little party host. He introduced his neighbour friends to his school friends and made sure everyone felt welcome. There was only one injection of drama–an ambulance, sirens blasting went speeding toward our house while the pizza was being delivered. My[…]

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The First Seizure

How sweet she looks strapped into this retro looking wheelchair. We laughed about how it looked like a prop from the horror movie, “The Changeling.” We made jokes, but what our family had just gone through was far from funny.  Though our daughter has spent her fair share of time in pediatric wards over the past few years — always without complaint and never failing to win over the staff with her sunny disposition and ready smile — this week was truly frightening.    Though our Avery has many challenges, we try not to focus on the “what ifs.” Research tells us that many of the significant medical issues for our daughter tend to present later in life, if at all. Since Avery’s initial diagnosis we’ve had our ups and downs. Mostly ups. Doctors told us that Avery might never walk, or talk but she has proved them wrong by doing both. Tuesday however, after celebrating the great results of her perfect hearing test, things took a nasty turn. I went to wake Avery from her afternoon nap — a nap I let go on longer than usual after a long day of appointments. When I entered her room I found her unconscious.[…]

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Paging Dr. McDreamy

Our daughter had surgery today. Not a major procedure, but to me it may as well have been a brain transplant. Avery is 33 months old and isn’t talking. She has underlying genetic issues that are likely the cause, but we also know she has fluid in her ears. A whole lot of gunky fluid. She has consistently failed hearing test after hearing test. After the last one, they finally put a number on it – 40% hearing loss which is like listening while pressing both hands tightly against your ears. The result is a muted and very muffled sound. We decided to go ahead with the ear tube insertion. It would help Avery hear and hopefully speak clearly. We only hesitated because her genetic condition also includes cardiac issues which can make anaesthesia risky. We arrived at the hospital at 7 am and took a seat in the surgical waiting area with the throngs of fellow be-gowned patients. Everyone wore the same expression of exhaustion, fear and boredom. I tried not to touch anything and probably used the community hand-sanitizer more often than would be considered NOT INSANE. While we went through the pre-surgery protocol, I’m sure I kissed[…]

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Toddler Tornado

Hot damn it’s hard to get anything done with a toddler on the loose. A six year old at least can read or play a game or find some way to entertain himself, but a 2.5 year is a vastly different story. I edit and do the layout for a weekly on-line newsletter (which I’m supposed to be doing right now actually) and also do some freelance writing and odds and ends for a friend’s PR company. But since my friend and I started seriously working on our craft business, I’ve found the need to have a true space of my own. So we converted our guest-room into an office so that I could escape to work undisturbed. At least that was the plan, but somehow these 2 little people keep showing up at my door! Today when I was desperate to get some work done I let “The Tornado” have free reign in my office for about 5 minutes. I made sure my sharp tools were safely out of reach…I learned my lesson from the craft-knife incident last week! The 5 minutes of time gained by letting her go nuts was off set by the 10 minutes it took[…]

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I’m Lucky To Be A Stay At Home Mom

If you’d told me that one day I’d leave my job to be a stay at home mom, I never would have believed it. I went to school to be a teacher dammit. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. As if I’d give that up… Of course I love my kids and I want to be with them. But not like, all the time. I’d always planned to parent AND work—in perfect balance. Because that’s totally doable, right? I thoroughly enjoyed mat leaves with both my babies, but knowing I’d soon be back at work made it easier to enjoy every moment. The light at the end of the tunnel shone bright. Mid-way through my mat leave with my second child, daycare was set up, schedules were organized and I was ready to go back to the classroom I loved, to a job I was really good at, blissfully unaware that things were about to change. At 8 months, our daughter became very ill and was hospitalized. Avery was diagnosed with a rare (as in one-of-a-kind-where-in-the-hell-did-this-come-from-holy-shit) genetic condition. Doctors didn’t have much information so we had no idea what to expect. The geneticist painted a grim picture, tossing out gems like,[…]

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