World Clubfoot Day

Thanks to the Ponseti method Drake can run with both soles firmly on the ground.

“Night night shoes” and doctors well trained in the method need to be more prevalent throughout the world so all CF children can run and play! 



Beautiful, Glorious Summer

Swimming, parks, and Kings Island are in our summer forecast!



Parents of Preemies Day 2015

This isn’t where you expected to be. You may have dreamed of celebrating Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day. Here you are and it’s Parents of Preemies Day.

What’s this about? Am I celebrating the fact that my child came early and needed weeks or months of hospital care or possibly didn’t get to come home with me?

Nope, Mama or Daddy. It’s about celebrating you. You had to experience every fear of every parent from the first moment of your child’s birth. You are strong and you did what you had to do. You may not feel perfect, but that doesn’t matter.

You can find out more about Parents of Preemies day here:

Happy Parents of Preemies Day. You are awesome.

cuddle PICC dad picking up

Today, I’m not celebrating with my guys because my new school term just started, and I was supposed to take a test on Friday that I have to finish today. But I hope everyone else can enjoy a beautiful Spring day!


Spring School Pics

I love that his school does pictures in the spring and fall. He changes so much every week!

We are having a beautiful spring although this weekend is a bit cold and rainy for me.


This is the new family team quilt for the Greater Cincinnati March of Dimes chapter. It made me catch my breath. Our walk is Sunday.


Happy Easter!!


 We are having a lovely Easter weekend!

Drake’s 1st Easter was on April 8th. He’d been home about two weeks.

It’s always been a favorite holiday of mine, and the memory of being home for his first one just makes it sweeter.


Happy Home Day! 3 years!

Today is the third anniversary of the day we brought him home.

There is nothing bittersweet about this day it is one of joy and celebration. I always have trouble getting excited on his birthday. I feel bad about it, and I’m working on it. 

Daddy left this morning for Orlando on a business trip. It’s the first time we haven’t all been together on March 24th.

But we are going to make a memory today! And we will get to FaceTime tonight.

Happy home day, sweet son!



And yes, mummy Drake still got a talking to about wrapping things on his head and neck but I had to have a pic, too. 


Socks for Ponseti

I saw this search term so I wanted to throw this out there.

In the winter, we liked the thicker Falls Creek brand white crew socks, but Drake is pretty skinny and they may not work for other kids if the ankle/shin part of the brace is tighter. I found these at Meijer. With crew socks, I always tried to avoid really big ridges. These would leave marks on his legs due to the necessity of strapping the shoes on as tight as possible, and when we did try this kind once it made him fussier in the brace, also.

In summer/not cold, the triple roll socks you can find in the toddler/baby section at Old Navy or Gap. Every once in a while, they have a sale of 5 for $1 or $1.50. I would stock up when I had coupons, reward cash, or these sales would occur.

Any socks that aren’t too tight on the shin with big ridges and that are tall enough to reach the bottom of the knee or top of the brace should work. We always stuck with white for easier matching and they seemed to make his foot sweat less.

We would wipe the brace out with rubbing alcohol in the morning once a week, and never had an issue with athlete’s foot or anything.

I would advise to be careful how tight you pull socks down on the toe though. Usually when he would get fussy, it would be because the sock was bothering him touching his big toe.

Drake’s 3rd Birthday

February 20th, 2015

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