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The Late Show, starring Franny Lou

The babe is seven months old. She has two teeth. She’s sitting all by herself. She’s eating real food. She’s also staying up WAY too late. And I don’t mean a teeny bit late. I mean she stays up late like that one indefatigable chick at your 5th grade slumber party– the one you just… 

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If you must work, work at an elementary school

It’s that time of year again– the time of year when I basically disappear from the Internet for a few weeks and spend my evenings staring blindly at the television while insisting to my husband that I legit can’t move my legs so would he please bring me some ice cream (just the carton and… 

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Using a custom photo book to talk with your child about disability (and a giveaway!)

Simeon adores our neighbors. They have two little kids and a basketball hoop. They have lemonade stands and picnics. They have a toy lawn mower and kid-sized leaf blower that makes a real whirring sound when you press its buttons. And they have bikes. Sleek. Colorful. Foot-pedaling. Bikes. My boy wants to ride one. Like… 

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The most severe type of Spina Bifida

I’m just going to say it: Finding out that your child has spina bifida is super crappy. That’s an understatement, actually. It’s scary and awful and confusing and painful and the all-around pits. It. Sucks. Not because people with spina bifida are scary (they aren’t– unless it’s Halloween and maybe they’re in a goblin costume… 

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Stitch Fix + Rocksbox

I don’t know what summer has been like where you live, but here in the Midwest it’s been… icky. Icky like rain but not the spooky thunderstorm kind of rain– that kind of rain I actually enjoy, especially if I have a book to read or a season of Netflix originals to binge watch. But… 

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Disabilitini: for the highs and lows of disability living

I was going to write about how hard this past week has been. Maybe something sentimental on how being a mother is an ever-changing circle of highs and lows spinning you into infinity. I was going to talk about raising a child with a disability. Maybe something about how our milestones look different and sometimes… 

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Let’s have all the babies

Having a baby makes me want to have another baby, which is bonkers but there it is. Something about how fast they grow at this age, how quickly they change, how every month I’m acutely aware of the passage of time– it all makes me feel a giddy sense of urgency like, “WE NEED TO… 

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Rocksbox unboxing #2 (video)

I got my second Rocksbox in the mail a few weeks back and wanted to share my loot with you nice folks! I have to tell you straight up, I am enjoying this subscription service like a monkey enjoys bananas if banana’s came by post and if monkeys had mailboxes (maybe some monkeys do… I… 

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Three-years-old: a things that go birthday party

A few weeks ago this little guys turned three-years-old. Like, woah. I think I’m releasing my perfect-party-planning tendencies as Simeon ages. Some of you old timers may recall his very first birthday party— the party for which I poured over Pinterest boards in an anxiety-induced hysteria and laid unmoving on the couch all night, mourning… 

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The hard part of easy: when your second child doesn’t have a disability

It hit me on our first night home. I was sitting in bed, a three-day-old baby in my arms, and the heavy hush of evening all around me, when I felt it. It hit me like being woken up from a dream or like a clock chime at midnight or like a broken spell. It… 

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All about them books (a parody for desperate librarians)

I am drowning, you guys. I wish I could say I was drowning in love, or pudding, or a whiskey river– but, no. I’m drowning in overdue notices. Lots and lots of overdue notices. Yes, my friends. It’s that time of year again. The time of year when school librarians prowl the halls, naughty list… 

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