Special Needs

Raising kids with special needs is hard than I ever imagined it would be. In 2002 and 2015 Chuck and I adopted babies with special needs. Both were drug and alcohol exposed. One would later be diagnosed with autism. In 2010 I gave birth to our youngest child, Apollo, who was born with a double aortic arch, a rare congenital heart defect. Come read my stories and share in our heartbreak and triumph as we raise children with special needs.

Kalina's yearly hearing test at Seattle Children's Hospital {Unilateral Hearing Loss}

Kalina’s Yearly Hearing Test {Unilateral Hearing Loss}

Last week was Kalina’s yearly hearing test. Kalina was diagnosed with unilateral hearing loss in 2013…when she was twelve years old. I will forever regret that she wasn’t diagnosed sooner…but I did due diligence as her mother. When Kalina was just a toddler I took her to the doctor and explained (rather awkwardly) that I …

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Getting a late autism diagnosis.

Late Autism Diagnosis {Diagnosed with Autism as a Teen]

Late Autism Diagnosis {Diagnosed with Autism as a Teen]There has been so much big stuff happening over here lately. Adalia announcing her pregnancy to the family…Tilly and Jared getting engaged…and now this. My son was diagnosed with autism. It is no secret that we were hoping for this diagnosis. I have been working nearly three …

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