To my daughter: Today, I saw your heart

Dear Emma, Today, I saw the depth of your little almost-3-year-old heart, and it took my breath away. And I want you to know what it felt like. Before we got in the school car line to pick up Charlie, we parked down by the playground. It was teeming with big kids — older kids […]

From heartache, a tiny dream came true…

From heartache, a tiny dream came true…

I’m not one to have a list of life goals. (If you feel the earth shake, that’s The Husband nodding vigorously.) But as I seem to gain my footing in this universe and realize writing makes me a better person, I’ve started a tiny list of places tucked on the Internet where I would love […]


Well, it happened. Now I understand the sign that reads, “Please Do Not Get Out of Your Car!” outside Charlie’s school. As my baby boy had to be tugged toward school… As my sweet little pumpkin craned his neck to make eye contact with me in the car… As his bony little shoulders shook with […]

Help your child with special needs adjust to school (aka, advice I should have followed!)

Help your child with special needs adjust to school (aka, advice I should have followed!)

This may be one of my favorite articles, simply because it gave me such great ideas for getting Charlie ready for school. Not that I executed on all of them. In fact, the one I really wanted to do and never got around to it: Practicing eating lunch from a lunch box. Seems simple enough, […]

Charlie’s first day: Good mommy, bad wife

Charlie’s first day: Good mommy, bad wife

Welp. We did it. First day of preschool drop-off for Charlie, my 3-year-old with an extra chromosome and extra personality. It was not at all what I expected. Apparently, I don’t do well on days of first events. Three-plus years ago, I remember snapping at The Husband while I lay in the hospital bed like […]

Morbid Mommy: We have *got* to get healthy.

Maybe all parents have moments like these. Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones. Maybe it’s because I’m an “older” parent (gag). Maybe, maybe, maybe. I’m sitting on the floor of my son’s room, watching The Husband get the kids ready for bed in the form of a rockin’ dance party. He is the yin to my […]

Hateful letter rails against child with autism

What kind of person sees a child with special needs and thinks his parents should euthanize him? Maybe more people than we want to admit… but at the least, this cowardly, anonymous person, who didn’t just think it; she wrote it down and sent it in an anonymous letter to the child’s family. The story […]

Tough day on the playground… for Mom

I stood at the highest point of the sloping wood-chip-blanketed playground, able to see both kids running, laughing and playing. Hands on hips, sunglasses on head and a smile across my cheeks. I loved every moment of watching Charlie and Emma have fun. Ninety-degree scorching days had finally surrendered to a burst of unexpected coolness. […]

Class picture breaks mom’s heart; Charlie turns 3 and… hippos?

It’s been an emotional week at SheKnows and allParenting! Here’s a cheat sheet on the infuriating, heartwarming and FUN articles that posted this week: allParenting let me tackle a trending story about a little boy and his wheelchair, set apart in his class picture but leaning eagerly toward his classmates. It made me so mad! […]

Ethan Saylor’s sister speaks out in The Washington Post

Tonight, my heart is bursting with pride over Emma’s strength, determination and accomplishment. Nope, not my Charlie’s Emma. Ethan’s Emma. (Perhaps everyone should have a sister named Emma?) Robert Ethan Saylor was an individual with Down syndrome who was killed five months ago this weekend. His family still has no resolution. No one has been […]