"Anisometropia" sounds like a mythical city built out of licorice, but it's actually a vision condition that Stella has dealt with all her life in which the eyes' refractive powers differ. On Friday, however, we picked up her new eyeglasses in which the prescription is the same in both lenses. This is the first time… Continue reading The value of seeing differently
I don't write about Stella very much anymore. Not because there's nothing inspiring to share, but for fear of crossing boundaries and exposing a person who is all her own. That said, I know that there are still parents around the world reading this blog because their baby or young child is facing challenges with feeding… Continue reading To Parents in the Storm
A short, simple poem came to me today. It emerged out of nowhere, after some rainy gardening. It also happened to appear amid ongoing efforts to stay positive despite a barrage of cold news. Stella still faces some challenges but is doing well. She just started second grade (said her first day was "awesome!") and achieved 10/10 in 3D vision testing for… Continue reading I am not a poet but
Well, on Friday morning, Stella and I made our way to Seattle Children's ophthalmology department for her yearly exam. The high-level stats for those keeping score and not wanting to sift through a lengthy post: Clear improvement of stereoscopy, virtually unchanged acuity (still one line different at 20/30 and 20/40, though one examiner saw equal… Continue reading Judgement Day for Stella’s Vision, Part 1: Ophthalmology’s View
Stella's toes are starting to relax. The yoked prism goggles continue to benefit her, but it's created a small, surprising side effect. Turns out, her toes have been clenched so consistently for so long that the skin is actually having to stretch out as her toes extend outward. There are now raw, sometimes bloody cracks… Continue reading Quick VT note: TLC for Stella’s transitioning toes.
Just a few small updates for now. Stella can spell her name and delights in doing so. I'm extremely proud of her, as you can imagine. I suspect she'll start spelling other words soon. She's making a habit of quickly rattling off the letters in the words she sees. I have to say that it's… Continue reading Re-entering the ring: Stella the Spella!
Stella fell in love with Halloween. She said "Trick or Treat" and "Thank you" and "Happy Halloween" at all the right times. She noted and appreciated everyone else's costumes, even the less impressive ones. Like the dad whose costume was simply his regular jeans and flannel with an orange T-shirt featuring a simple jack-o-lantern face.… Continue reading Hoo! Boo! And booyah, too!
I just watched Babies. Finally! And I cried a lot. Did anyone else have that reaction? Must be because I had severe anxiety from the moment Stella was born. Seeing sweet, simple moments from the four babies' early months made me wish I'd been less insane and better able to enjoy Stella's. Even in the… Continue reading I cry more than the babies in “Babies”
So Stella had her two-year check-up today. She received two shots, a delicious wooden tongue depressor, fabulous height and weight percentiles, and a small bit of forgivable misinformation. I'm not sure how I will broach the latter with the doctor, but I plan to do that soon. To kick things off, he asked about Stella's… Continue reading Stella’s weighty two-year check-up.
Stella turned two years old last week, during our beach vacation. She's still singing happy birthday to herself, talking about birthday cake, and reminiscing about blowing out candles and good times with her "Happy Birthday balloon with smiley faces." The balloon was accidentally released into the sky, but the sight of it drifting to ever… Continue reading Stella is two.