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It’s Hard to be a Sibling

Sometimes it’s hard to be a kid. Sometimes it’s very hard to be a sibling. Being a sibling to someone with special needs? Very difficult. Sometimes the ones you least expect to feel bad do. Sometimes your child surprises you. Last week, while the girls were taking there Kids on Camera class at the Oneida … Continue reading

Been Stung, and Survived

Yesterday, while the kiddos and I were out playing in the backyard, I made the careless mistake of putting my flip-flops on, instead of my sneakers. I had a long morning run (10 miles) and it was just gorgeous and sunny and Theo really, REALLY, wanted to get outside. So to appease the Boss I just … Continue reading

To The Nurse Who Made Me Cry

It was nurses week recently and I am forever grateful to the many we have met along the way. One thing about being a NICU mom, then a NICU alumni, you know that the doctors are good for updates, but those nurses are in the trenches with you and they are the ones who will … Continue reading

Then, There’s These Two

 I must admit, I do tend to tell my friends about every little thing that Theo does. Not because it’s earth-shattering, but, as a special needs parent when your kid does something spectacular you like to shout it from the mountain. Well, he’s got two pretty smart sisters who should also be praised for all … Continue reading

Welcome to OLENA Math

Over the summer, Olena made up a game. This game is not based on baseball in any way shape or form. We jokingly called it Olenaball. Yes, there are bases. Yes, there’s a baseball and a bat. That’s about all it has in common with the sport. Lately, Miss Olena has gone on a rant … Continue reading

Dental Bonding — It’s All Good

Teeth. Let me tell you, I’ve had it with you. But, now, it’s my teeth that are causing problems. Years of grinding unknowingly (since high school — anxiety? Duh) and even with a mouth guard at night (again, since high school) is doing a number of my “mother of pearls.” As a mom of triplicates, … Continue reading

Open a #Book, Explore the World

So tonight we did something a little off schedule… Instead of trekking my sorry lungs over to the Oneida-Y to work out on the treadmill (hate you treadmill and hate you strep-induced cough-prone lungs – ugh!) we instead took a trip to the library. Just me and the girls. And in the commonality of my … Continue reading

Welcome to our Table

So it was another rough weekend in the Conrad household. Friday we attempted another family visit to Wegman’s DeWitt. We left the house later, and stayed at the store later. We also had to sit inside…which, for Theo, is a sensory nightmare. While Theo held it together as long as he could, the inevitable meltdown(s) ensued…complete … Continue reading

#Autumn Advantage

So after last nights all-out-shouting-and-no-soccer war, I very tenderly and gently suggested to take the girls out to the track tonight to burn off some energy. I figure that part of the reason why Gretchen is having these meltdowns is — and I’m assuming here — that Theo is taking up a lot of time … Continue reading