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Damn- I hope that Charlie's tooth/mouth pain gets better! (Or that at least you find it...we've had quite a few go missing over the years as well). Hopefully something positive will come out of the meeting.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2009 on A Few Words From Yesterday at We Go With Him
Good luck- I'll be thinking of you.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2009 on Statement of Parental Concerns at We Go With Him
Very cool :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2009 on A Little Chirography* at We Go With Him
Good luck with the meeting today- I hope that it goes well! Emma...I couldn't agree with you more. Maybe it's just that my kids were diagnosed about 12 years ago and we've had time to get used to it, but I'm considerably more concerned with services than I am with the "why" of autism.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2009 on Contentious Topics at We Go With Him
I'm glad that Charlie was accepted- now I'll keep my fingers crossed that they will be good. I hope that your time with your extended family this weekend will be extra-nourishing as you remember your grandmother.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2009 on Back to the Old Gold Mountain at We Go With Him
My kids are doing the same thing- I think that I'm spending more on shoes than I ever have in my life, and for someone who used to be addicted to buying shoes, that's saying something. Fortunately we've only got about another 6 months until one girl will fit into my shoes...she's already eyeing my Converse longingly :-) The growth spurts are definitely not an unmixed blessing though- we're now back to only having my son in the house when he's accompanied by worker(s) because of his strength, self-injury and aggression. It sure was nice to be able to see him by ourselves for 6 months...our workers were and are great, but it was a real treat to actually be able to spend time alone with him by ourselves. My fingers are crossed that we'll get back to that some day.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2009 on About My Big Little Boy at We Go With Him
It's definitely not sour grapes...it's justified outrage on behalf of Charlie. All that I can do is wish you luck with the new school, but you already know that you've got my support.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2009 on Are Things Really Any Better? at We Go With Him
That blanket is a beautiful idea- I'm glad that Charlie participated.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2009 on Write Your Name at We Go With Him
Pretty much every dog is Nemesis Dog for my kids (although we have managed over the years to make good friends with 2 dogs). It was interesting when they were preschool age and we'd be at a park and see a dog- it's amazing how quickly 3 kids can climb one mother when they feel motivated. For years we had to have specific walking routes that avoided any possibility of seeing a dog in a yard, which made getting places rather interesting. Last night we were walking home from the mall, and I saw one of our neighbours out walking her dog- not really a very nice dog, and she keeps him well under control. I warned Rachel that I could see him further down the road, and she promptly yelled "He is a VERY nice dog and will not eat me!" I think that we startled the people walking behind us :-) Even though I am very much a dog person myself, I have to say that now I prefer them in yards behind fences, where we can't see them.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2009 on The New Dispensation at We Go With Him
My daughter just started high school this year, and yesterday I got her "transition planning" package. I was actually fairly impressed with it- she has to have input, attend the meetings, I can have whichever advocates I want there, etc. etc. It's all about using the high school years for planning for adulthood. While I think that it is a great idea, and a very good package, the fact is that we're dealing with some issues with her right now that are likely going to take up most of our time and attention for the next year or so. I realize that "adulthood" for her is only 4 years away, and that time is going to go by much too quickly.
Good for you! And very good at working in your press credentials...that's always gotten attention from bureaucrats more quickly than anything else for us. I think that you'll have your meeting very soon. I'm sorry about the restraints- we're going through it again too, and it's hard to deal with on so many levels. Jen
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2009 on Letter to the Superintendent at We Go With Him
While I agree with much that you said in the general sense, my problem with Nadya's story (and the way that it's being discussed in the media), is that it seems to me that everyone's focusing on money (whoa is me- I'm going to have to pay for all of these children, or her possible craziness)...to me there's a much heavier indictment to be made of the fertility clinic who keeps on implanting her, and how the health care system (wherever that clinic is) has failed, as well as the actual life that those children are going to have. I have triplets, born 10 weeks early, so I'm very familiar with not only fertility guidelines for clinics (my triplets were spontaneous- non-fertility assisted conception), but I was very active for years after their birth trying to help organizations like Triplets Connection and Mothers of Supertwins and Multiple Births Canada to advocate for restrictions on the number implantations that fertility clinics should be allowed to do at one time. Multiple births are NOT a good thing (and I say that with an awareness of how awesome my own kids are). Especially when you get in to the triplets plus range, you're not only facing all of the prematurity issues but the later expression of those issues- developmental delays, physical problems, etc. For-profit fertility clinics have little to no reason to limit implantations, as they usually advertise for new clients using their own live-birth statistics, so it's to their favour if they can include these huge-higher order multiple births in their statistical favour. Many countries and provinces and states (even in the U.S.) now do have "best practices guidelines" for doctors on implantation procedures (usually with a maximum of 2-3 embryos implanted), just because it is considered a medical failure to have 8 babies at once. I'm very curious to know why there hasn't been more of an outcry against whichever fertility clinic she dealt with. And as for the children- they are the real losers here. After having looked after my own 3, breastfed them, hauled them everywhere in the first year- there is no possible way that one person can care for 8 children. One of my friends has quintuplets, and that is difficult enough even with both parents on full-time care for the babies for the first year or so. All of my kids have different special needs (some due to prematurity), and it appalls me to think that one parent might even try to deal with even just the paperwork that she's likely to face in the next few years, let alone the sheer hands-on work. While I agree with you on the sexual politics that have been played out in the media around this case lately, I still think that the major problem is with the children, and with the absolute failure of the health care system in this case. I wish those children all the best, but I can't even imagine how they're going to get the care that they deserve.
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I love the way that you talk about your kids. My kids have the most awesome stepfather in the world, and he and one of my daughters might as well be twins separated at birth. While taking nothing away from my kids' "real" father, DNA is definitely not everything.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2008 on in which munchkin is played at WWdN: In Exile
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I love the way that you talk about your kids. My kids have the most awesome stepfather in the world, and he and one of my daughters might as well be twins separated at birth. While taking nothing away from my kids' "real" father, DNA is definitely not everything.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2008 on in which munchkin is played at WWdN: In Exile
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Have fun- I hope that someone tapes it!
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Have fun- I hope that someone tapes it!
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Look on the bright side- at least you didn't have to do the big hair/blue eye shadow/legwarmers thing.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2008 on Strewn with time's dead flowers at WWdN: In Exile
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Look on the bright side- at least you didn't have to do the big hair/blue eye shadow/legwarmers thing.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2008 on Strewn with time's dead flowers at WWdN: In Exile
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Great post...one of the best Christmas presents that my parents ever gave me was a used copy of "Bullfinch's Mythology" when I was about 10. Not only did I learn about the wonders of used books, but I've been in love with mythology ever since.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2007 on Mythology for kids at WWdN: In Exile
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Great post...one of the best Christmas presents that my parents ever gave me was a used copy of "Bullfinch's Mythology" when I was about 10. Not only did I learn about the wonders of used books, but I've been in love with mythology ever since.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2007 on Mythology for kids at WWdN: In Exile
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What a great site- thanks for pointing it out. I've always heard (true or not), that it's more difficult to write short fiction than anything else, so it looks like it will be fun to play with. Congrats on getting the featured ficlet last week...between Numb3rs, the book, and your incredibly cool wife's Pacman pumpkin you're sure on a roll right now! That's nice to see. Jen
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What a great site- thanks for pointing it out. I've always heard (true or not), that it's more difficult to write short fiction than anything else, so it looks like it will be fun to play with. Congrats on getting the featured ficlet last week...between Numb3rs, the book, and your incredibly cool wife's Pacman pumpkin you're sure on a roll right now! That's nice to see. Jen
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Congratulations- I'm glad that you're having fun with it!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2007 on happenstance has changed my plans at WWdN: In Exile
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Congratulations- I'm glad that you're having fun with it!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2007 on happenstance has changed my plans at WWdN: In Exile
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