Category: Family Synapse

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In the Beginning – Prologue

I’ve been inspired by a friend’s blog to look back….waaaay back. I want to tell the story of Aidan’s first few months of life with the wisdom of hindsight.* I’ll share some excerpts of emails between family and friends and try to recall some of the back story details. Please excuse this disruption in Thankful Thursday posts but friend us on Facebook (Aidan TeamAidan Bowie) and I’ll still have Thankful Thursdays there. You’ll read about...

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Thankful Thursday

This is a special shout out to the Yale nurses who asked, “How do you think Liam is doing as a sibling of a child with a disability?” We are really mindful are trying to carve out time with Liam. The truth is, Aidan requires a lot of care and there’s no way to hide that. However, he’s part of the family, and to Liam, this is what family looks like. Liam and I are...

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Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Butt 2011

I’m sooo ready to be done with 2011. It was dominated by seizures and my best friend moving far far away and other really yucky relationship stuff. Alas, I am a glass half full person so I would be remiss not to mention that my marriage is fabulous and my kids are pretty darn great as well. So before 2012 brings on its amazingness (although I would happily settle for an average, uneventful year), let’s...

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Thankful Thursday – Say No to Drugs Edition

The first year of Aidan’s life was incredibly stressful. I desperately wanted answers, was scared that he would never get better, and was certain that I wasn’t the right mom for the job. After a while, I hit my groove. Aidan was slowly but surely getting better/stronger/healthier. Eventually, I gave up the panicked search for a diagnosis, though it’s something that’s still in the back of my mind. It took longer to believe that I...

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MY Breakfast

Don’t cry him a river.  Aidan had already eaten his breakfast (eggs, bleh) but clearly wanted mine (french toast, yum!) Bouns points for his communication skills, tracking skills, and balancing skills. And super bonus points to Daddy for making us breakfast in bed. Now if I could just eat in peace….MY Breakfast Sorry for the technical difficulty. You have to click on the link because it’s too early in the morning for me to figure...

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Thankful Thursday

Wow – this post was just made easy for me.  I’m so thankful for all of my boys’ teachers.  Here is an email I received from one of Liam’s teachers today: Last night I was sitting at home, relaxing, and thinking about nothing other than SCHOOL and my students. With the holiday season upon us, I try to reflect on things in my life that I am thankful for. One thing I was thankful for...

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One Pager

You may recall Aidan’s eventful face plant that ended with a trip to the ED. Garreth did a great job relaying information but requested that I put a one page document in an accessible place in case this happens again. My friend Mallory has shared two example forms with me. If you can’t use them right off this blog, email me and I’ll send it in another format. Personalize and use however you need. One...

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Highs and Lows

And now for the high. Last week I sat down with official people to go over official paperwork to score Aidan on his skills to prove to the State that he needs help.  Accountability is well and good but this really is a word game and proves absolutely nothing. I had to rank Aidan on a scale of 1-5, 1 being that he can do a skill independently with an increasing amount of support leading...

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Highs and Lows

Let’s start with the low.  Aidan has a pattern of learning.  With lots of repetition he’ll pick up a new skill- eating, walking, turning pages of a book, making choices etc.  Then, for no apparent reason he drops it like a hot potato.  “I’m all done with that for the time being.”  Then when a random amount of time has passed, again for no apparent reason, he picks up the skill again. That’s where we...

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Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for nose picking. Really. Pick your nose…right now…go on…no one’s watching. You had to isolate your index finger while folding down the rest of your fingers. You can’t see your nose so you have to cognitively believe that it’s there. Compared to your finger, your nostril is pretty small so you have to be impressively accurate in your picking. If you’re gonna dig, that’s an incredibly precise finger movement. Aren’t you impressed...