I have been feeling very on edge this past week. In the past I would have exploded in anger, or shut down and cried. But now I breathe. I try to find a few quiet moments, but there have been very few quiet moments this week. I need time to myself to recharge. Away from … Continue reading Quiet and calm has been elusive this week
This is a photo of the maiden's Pokemon card collection - minus all the energies, trainers, stadiums, and supporters .... Four binders full. How many? We stopped counting when she was at about 2,000. That was a couple years ago. These cards have caused a lot of stress in the household - mostly between the … Continue reading Pokemon: per-sev-er-ance or per-se-ver-ance?
Many children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder present “younger” in some skill sets developmentally compared to peers of the same physical age. This can be awkward when you are out somewhere and your 15 year old is acting like an eight year old and people are staring - because outwardly she "looks typical" but her disability … Continue reading I am grateful that I am still loved this way.
I think I have mentioned school attendance before but if not, I will now. For the last five years getting my daughter to school is a struggle almost every day. I'm not sure the exact number of days in a school year - let me estimate 160 - (10 mos. x 20 days - 40 … Continue reading Another school day. Another sick day.
I was browsing Pinterest this morning looking for graphic inspiration to represent FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). I didn't find anything that spoke to me, but it did lead me to the following chart, which shows what life may be like for an 18 year old with FASD. FASD describes a range of lifelong disabilities … Continue reading Four Mantras for Parenting a Child with FASD
There have been many lessons to learn since adopting my daughter - but one of the first ones I look back on is appreciating small memories and capturing them. Taking baby steps as they say - or as I say taking 6x steps. Due to her brain damage caused by her birth mother drinking … Continue reading Our first steps were 6x Steps