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Pardon the Mess… Again…

May 20th, 2008 · All About Emmy

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Pardon our mess while we clean up our website a bit - some of the pictures aren’t showing up right now, but we have the more recent posts fixed. Try clicking on a picture to make it bigger, or view all of our pictures by going to the Photos link at the top of the page.

It should have been really easy to find a picture of messy Emmy, but this one from Easter will have to do. We promise that more pictures are on the way, especially now since it’s summertime!

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Mommy’s Crusade

April 14th, 2008 · All About Emmy

So today I went to the store with Emmy. It was one of her first outings in awhile because she was sick last week. Anyway, when we arrived at the store there was a lady there from church. She asked me some casual questions about Emmy and then of course if Emmy was walking yet. I told her the exciting news…that Emmy can walk about 3 or 4 steps in her new braces and is starting to push up off the group (like tripod pose). Then the lady asked “and how old is she?” I replied that she is 20 months and told her that we were working with the physical therapist. She said that her granddaughter was doing the same thing. So I said “then you know what it is like”.

She then proceeded to tell me that her granddaughter’s difficulties were because her daughter-in-law was just not good at stimulating her children and if she was more motherly her daughter would be walking. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. She also said that her daughter-in-law had low amniotic fluid when she was pregnant and a difficult birth and that she uses that as a crutch to justify the fact that her daughter can’t walk. Then she went on to say that her grandson had speech delays because her daughter-in-law was not nurturing enough. THEN she went on to say something about autism being linked with unmotherliness. After I waked away I was so upset it took me 10 minutes to remember what I even needed at the store in the first place! (It was Pedialyte and bananas, by the way.)

SO, I decided I would use my blog as a soapbox against this kind of thinking. I hope she didn’t think the same things about me. I don’t know her daughter-in-law but I feel really sad for her that her mother-in-law would say those things. I’m sure she is going through enough without her family pointing fingers. I know some of the people who read this blog also have children, like Emmy, who are struggling with different things like reading, walking, eating, talking, etc. And I know that you are all devoted to helping your children grow and learn. I just think that it is impossible to know a situation unless you are in it and sometimes while it seems easier to blame someone when something is not perfect…many situations just happen and it’s not because of lacking parents.

It’s easy to think that A+B=C but that’s just not always the case. A ton of parents don’t do A and B and still get C. And some of us are doing A and B every day and just pray that C will happen for our children. We just have to remember that no two kids are alike. They all have their own timeframes and strengths. I wish I had enough courage to say something to this lady today but I didn’t want to step in on her family stuff. So instead, I am asking anyone who reads this to help spread the word that autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and so on are all REAL things and that they are NOT triggered by bad parenting! So while some people may see Emmy as being disabled I think she is a miracle! Given her traumatic start things could have been so much harder for her but she is so smart and funny and I know in time she will walk. She is the happiest kid I know! And here is a picture to prove all of that! :-) (I will now step down from the soapbox and return to our regularly scheduled program)

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Sesame Street Law & Order

March 29th, 2008 · Sesame Street

So maybe it’s because my college roommate loved watching Law & Order, but I find the show Law & Order: Special Letters Unit hilarious. If you’ve ever seen Law & Order once, you should watch this clip.

This is on one of Emmy’s favorite Sesame Street episodes, which actually means that it’s one of our favorite episodes. The whole episode parodies The Amazing Race.

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Emmy Surfing

March 27th, 2008 · All About Emmy

Emmy loves playing at the computer. Here she’s checking out daddy’s Facebook account and learning how to use the mouse. She’s actually very good at discovering unknown features on the computer, which means daddy gets to turn off the features later!

My apologies to little Emmy in this one- she’s getting another round of teeth so it looks like she’s drooling a bit. She’s very excited to check out the computer!

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Emmy and the Giraffe

March 27th, 2008 · All About Emmy

Emmy loves to show off all her tricks. Sorry this video was sideways, but we fixed it! If you like this video, let us know - there’s more where this came from!

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Valentine’s Day!

March 19th, 2008 · All About Emmy

OK, so I realize it was more than a month ago, but these Valentine’s Day pictures are too good to pass up posting on here. Emmy has a very silly look, I dipped some strawberries in chocolate for Julia, and she made an excellent meal! It was a very nice Valentine’s day, indeed. Hopefully our next posts won’t be so long in the making… and hopefully we can get the rumored walking videos online soon!

I woke up early to dip some strawberries in chocolate for Julia. It was much easier than it looks (hey, if I can make them look like this on my first try, more people should try it). Just don’t tell Julia how easy it was or she’ll have me make them more often.

So Emmy’s a bit of a messy eater, but that’s not really a surprise. She gets really hyper when she realizes she’s always the center of attention… which just feeds the hysteria.

Julia made an excellent meal for Valentine’s day including her famous Death by Chocolate Cake and baked linguini. This picture makes me hungry.

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Cousins Part Two

February 21st, 2008 · All About Emmy

Emmy had a great time with her two cousins, Logan and Joshua. Even though they’ve been gone for over a week now, she still remembers their names and the great time they had. Hopefully it won’t be so long before we get to see them again!

Emmy and Logan watching Sesame Street!

Logan loved building and destroying towers with his Uncle Alex.

Emmy made sure to introduce Joshua to all her toys.

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A Bedtime Book

February 7th, 2008 · All About Emmy

Emmy’s new favorite book is from the Care Bears, and she likes to read it almost every night. This night we actually read it twice, which is about the only variation she likes. She’s a much better sleeper these days, and she’ll even fall asleep by herself after she gets a nice long drink of water and her blanket, which she’s becoming more and more attached to, especially when she’s sad.

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