Remember when I said I'd be so good about keeping the blog updated... yahhhh... So jumping back to November of 2018... By some miracle, we were able to keep Ivy healthy for six weeks during cold and flu season while we waiting for surgery. We were blessed by so many helpful family and friends that… Continue reading Ivy’s Health Journey – Part 3
A couple months ago, something happened when I took my kids to the park. It was an experience that I have lived from another side. Experiencing it from this side, from the side of a special needs mama, it broke me. When I posted about it on social media, I learned that I was not… Continue reading Have the Conversation…
We had so much fun becoming a family of 5 over the summer. Besides being slow to gain weight, Ivy was doing well. She was so tiny and snuggly and I loved every minute of being her mom! Excuse me while I add too many pictures before I keep going with the story... Forever Home… Continue reading Ivy’s Health Journey – Part 2
Bear with my titling of this post... I had a hard time figuring out the right wording. Read on before you judge! Also, this is one of those posts where I am sharing vulnerably. I'm opening myself up and letting people know some of those less than spectacular feelings that hide deep down. Because we… Continue reading When your child with special needs isn’t ‘proving them wrong’…
The date tomorrow is 3/21... World Down Syndrome Day! This day is officially acknowledged by the United Nations as a day to celebrate, educate, and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome. This particular date was chosen because it signifies the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome that people with Down syndrome have. People celebrate in… Continue reading World Down Syndrome Day!
I haven't been very good about updating the blog over the past couple of months! My goal is to chronicle our experience having a child with Down syndrome. The past several months since Ivy's birth has been a big learning curve for me, trying to balance being a mom of three, working full time, and… Continue reading Ivy’s Health Journey – Part 1
I've been wanting to write this post for awhile, but as is usual for me, I struggled putting words to my thoughts! Part of why I struggle to write, is that there are so many ways my brain wants to go and I have trouble figuring out how to organize it all! Please bear with me… Continue reading Down Syndrome Awareness Month… Why?
I am one of those people who had her life planned out at age ten. Become a teacher, get married, have kids. And life pretty much followed. I went to Hope College, became a teacher in Allendale, married Sam, and had two kids - Zoe and Eli. Last summer, Sam and I decided it was… Continue reading My Story
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14 Ivy came with one push at 1:19 pm on July 5th, 2018. She cried immediately and was able to be put right on my chest. After… Continue reading Birth Story – Part 2
It's been awhile since I've had time to write... I'll blame that on the newborn currently sleeping on my chest! As you're all aware, our sweet Ivy is here and as I'm a sucker for a good birth story, I thought I'd write hers here. I'm including all the details (mostly for myself), so feel… Continue reading Birth Story – Part 1