I'd like to introduce you to Ava. For Ava and her family, tube feeding is a precious gift. I wanted to share her story with you all to show the other, positive side of tube feeding, and to try to help send more supporters her way. She and her mother deserve the biggest and most… Continue reading Meet the brave and amazing Ava.
My official assessment is that this week's in-office vision therapy went well. It was interesting, and eye-opening. (Once again I've let you down and resorted to puns.) Eye-patched Stella threw a couple blocks in frustration and engaged in impressive evasive maneuvers, but we managed to reel her back in while avoiding a fight. We totally… Continue reading Cirque de Okay
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU GUYS? (I'm talking to my brain cells here--not you, dear readers!) Ahem. I mean, hey you smart little guys up in my head. I'm concerned about you! Are you feeling okay? Gosh, I wish there was something I could do to help you. Maybe I should eat more… Continue reading Insert screaming noise here.
Once in a while, Stella calls me "Amber." Deeply disturbing yet hilarious. Though, it totally sounds like she's imitating Cody. She'll be in the computer room yelling, "Amber! Amberrrr! I can't HEAR you! AMBER!?" Yep, sounds familiar. We finally programmed her obnoxiously chipper, stuffed pal Scout to say "Stella" and her favorite color (green), food… Continue reading Random Observations, because I’m trying to post more often
I should've been asleep an hour ago. Instead of taking care of myself, I spent a bunch of this Friday evening, when Cody and I are supposed to be relaxing and celebrating our wedding anniversary, scouring photos of Stella from the time before her patch, and shots from more recent times. You see, I read… Continue reading This isn’t healthy.
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”
First off, I have to admit that I entered the web meeting eight to nine minutes late. This will be the opposite of shocking to anyone who knows me. I was infuriated! I'd been anticipating this thing to a pathetic degree and just finished Dr. Susan Barry's Fixing My Gaze, a godsend of a book… Continue reading Takeaways from Dr. Susan Barry’s Web Interview (School Crossings: How the System Lets Down Children with Vision Problems)
One of the many reasons to shop at PCC (Natural Markets), besides tons of carefully selected fresh, local organic produce? Their Kid Fruit Program, described on their website as "Free fruit for kids! Kids ages 12 and under can choose a free serving of a fruit or vegetable to eat while their parents shop. Kids… Continue reading Proud of my veggie rebel
Cody, Stella and I were all over at Cooper's house the other day while his parents enjoyed a date night, an event that Cooper (Stella's best bud and play-date companion) refers to as an "update," which really makes sense if you think about two parents going out and spending time together away from their one-year-old.… Continue reading Put me back together.
This is part of a new segment I'm calling "Eye on Stella: Strabismus Watch 2010." Sorry. I just thought that was kind of funny. And I'm running with any humor I can find these days. The ER, whose job it is to save lives and not provide conclusive diagnoses, called Stella's condition "convergence spasms." A… Continue reading No acute abnormalities.