Posts By Kel

KelThese days, I feel like I wear many hats: chef, secretary, financial planner, immigrant, speech therapist, that crazy lady down the street... At the end of the day, though, it always comes down to being a loving wife to my husband John and a mom to our two kids, Eric and Danny. It amazes me daily how quickly they grow and how much they fill our lives with joy. I spend most of my time blogging about the daily adventures of motherhood, and I am proud to be a part of the JustMommies blog family both as a contributor and editor. <br> <br> John and I are blessed to be parents to a special needs child. Our younger son Danny was born with congenital CMV, and I am active in the community trying to spread awareness of this surprisingly common illness. Among his challenges, Danny is deaf, and he uses cochlear implants to hear.

Balancing “Can” and “Cannot”

This little boy, I think, is always going to keep us guessing. The first question may be – what on earth? John and I have spent a few years, now, trying to figure out just how to parent this child…and many days, I feel like I’m still at a loss. It’s hard to know when…
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Holy Cow – 10 weeks to go?

What I want to know is how, exactly, I got to be so pregnant. Of course, I think it snuck up on me mostly because of the holidays. I’ve definitely been feeling pregnant, and it’s hard to ignore the huge movement and rolling and pushing that’s going on in my belly these days, but in…
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Does Whatever a Spider-Pumpkin Does

This craft has been my plan to do since…well, forever. My mom used to make these amazing mini-pumpkins to sell at my dad’s store (he works in a produce department), and I’m not at all crafty and talented like she is, but I can certainly make it work for the kids! So far, we’ve made…
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Earning and Saving

With Eric getting bigger – I still marvel every day as he throws on his backpack and climbs onto the school bus – he’s discovered that things cost money. Tricky business, that, as he no longer gets to pipe up saying “I want that!” and have it magically become his! A lot of things he…
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Making the Plan: VBAC and other issues

Finally having hit the 12 week mark in this pregnancy, I was able to have an appointment with my actual doctor to discuss all the ins and outs ahead of us. Before then, appointments are mostly to get things done: blood work, dating ultrasounds, that sort of thing, all handled by the nurses. My doctor,…
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Grains of Salt

Have you ever noticed that, on the Internet, everyone’s kid is either special needs or a genius? It’s a strange phenomenon that I’ve noticed over the years, though it took me a while to catch on to it. I remember when Eric was a wee baby, and I was just getting into online mothering communities….
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Introducing…

Well, I don’t really know who I’m introducing, but he or she is the reason for my being so quiet on here. We have all been settling into our new routine with the start of school, but a large part of that has been me settling into the new routine with this little interloper. Hi,…
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If You Build It…

…they will come. To the table, that is. With all of the heat that we’ve been having, this summer has been reminiscent of winter: long days spent inside with only tiny spurts of playing outside. It is H-O-T out there, and neither I nor my boys do heat well. (Well, Eric doesn’t seem to mind…
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Danny’s World

I’m not sure where the shift started, but over the past few months, I’ve moved from fearing Danny’s future to embracing it. Maybe he will always need support. Maybe he will not be able to do all the things we hope for our children. But he’s just such an incredible kid that I can’t help…
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I’m a Little Ashamed of This One

There is a part of me that just wanted to pretend this didn’t happen at all, but there is a larger part of me that wants to put it out there just so others know, maybe, that they aren’t alone. I’m not a very angry person in general. I get upset, but I rarely get…
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