Love Your Body NOW

When I look back at old photos of myself, I sometimes feel a bit of regret.

As I place my hand on my now rounded belly or catch a glance of my now wider hips in the mirror, I want to tell that girl in the pictures to wake up.

To not take her body for granted. To appreciate herself as she is right then and there.

Then I stop and think that maybe I should be giving my current self the same advice.

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What Cortical Visual Impairment Means For My Daughter

I want to tell you something about this smart and sassy girl right here. 

I’ve talked about various challenges that Evalyn faces each day, including her congenital heart defects, and motor skill and speech delays. I haven’t really talked about specific diagnoses because those labels have not been integral to the messages I have shared. And in the big picture of who my girl is as a person, they do not matter. 

But, today I want to share with you one of her conditions that impacts Evalyn in every way, every single day of her life – Cortical Visual Impairment. 

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Special Needs Parents: Keep on Believing

This little girl amazes me.

At one time, not too many years ago, I didn’t know if she would ever walk.

When your child is nearing their third birthday and hasn’t yet taken their first steps, fears like this come to mind. This is a huge part of being a special needs parent, you know. The fears. The questions. The what-ifs. They are things my fellow special needs parents and I know all too well.

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