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“7” Tips for Blind Parents: Holiday Gift Wrapping & Organization

“7” Tips for Blind Parents: Holiday Gift Wrapping & Organization

Between “Santa’s” gifts for my two daughters and the presents we buy for family; I wrap a lot of packages throughout the holiday season. My visual impairment sometimes makes keeping track of who gets what a little challenging. While “Mostly Wonderful” reluctantly foots the bill for most of our Christmas expenses, making sure everything is […]

“7” Tree Trimming Tips for Blind & Visually Impaired Parents

“7” Tree Trimming Tips for Blind & Visually Impaired Parents

Tis’ the season for Christmas trees! Whether real or artificial, trimming a tree as a blind parent requires a little bit of ingenuity, especially if you have infants or toddlers under foot. Since having my first daughter in 2013, the ghosts of Christmas past have taught this mother a thing or two about safely managing her […]

He Shed. She Shed. Man Cold. My “Fixer Upper” Fantasy

He Shed. She Shed. Man Cold. My “Fixer Upper” Fantasy

I knew the second that man walked in the door! “Don’t worry, it’s just allergies,” he said. Allergies my ass! Fourteen years of marital bliss, trust me, I know the difference between seasonal allergies and the start of a head cold. I tried to play it off like I wasn’t worried, shoving my daughters to […]

Vision Aware: Bottle Feeding Baby As A Blind Or Visually Impaired Mother

Vision Aware: Bottle Feeding Baby As A Blind Or Visually Impaired Mother

Sighted or blind, the decision to breastfeed versus formula-feeding your baby is a personal one. Speak with your OBGYN or mid-wife regarding these options prior to giving birth. While some women may be unable to breastfeed due to health reasons; blindness will not impede your ability to successfully feed your baby using either method. Most […]

Halloween Jokes for Toddler Folks & Pineapple Jack O’Lanterns

Halloween Jokes for Toddler Folks & Pineapple Jack O’Lanterns

Toddlers! Pint sized adults, with inquiring minds, who love to test our patience. I happen to have two of them and boy, do they ever keep me on my toes! Mothering a 3 and almost 2-year-old everyday is exhausting, but then there are those moments when you think “ah, the innocence of childhood!”  This year, both my […]

Blindness And A Beautiful Baby Boy:  The Making of A “GiGi”

Blindness And A Beautiful Baby Boy: The Making of A “GiGi”

As long as I live I’ll never forget that moment. The photo of the tiny sleeping infant nestled in my son’s arms was so precious. My eyes filled with tears as I continued to look at my first grandchild; he was so beautiful. Thoughts of not being able to see him as well as I would […]

Maintaining My Motherhood Perspective: Search For The Bright Side

Maintaining My Motherhood Perspective: Search For The Bright Side

It wasn’t until after I had my daughters that I finally understood that old saying,“Calgon, take me away.”  But mommies sure as hell don’t get any vacation time. We don’t even get a sick day, whether we need it or not.  I’ve had some rough weeks this summer. Long days, sleepless babies, and more than […]

Blind Motherhood: 10 Lessons Learned During Potty Training

Blind Motherhood: 10 Lessons Learned During Potty Training

No two words can strike fear in a mother’s heart like “Potty Training.” The mere thought of transitioning your child from diapers to porcelain throne is enough to provoke an epic parental panic attack. The commitment. The accidents. And don’t forget the pressure from the Judgey McJudgersons of the child-rearing world. While we find relief […]

Ladies Who Lunch: Mommy & Daughter Time

Ladies Who Lunch: Mommy & Daughter Time

Since having my second daughter, I have come to realize just how difficult it can be for a blind mother of two toddlers to get around. Cumbersome car seats, a double wide stroller, and a back breaking diaper bag are just some of the baby essentials necessary for even the shortest spring outing. Although I […]

The Reason I’m A Helicopter Mom

The Reason I’m A Helicopter Mom

Helicopter mom. If you’re a millenial parent, then surely you’ve heard the term. Those of us bestowed with this less than charming title are given it because we tend to “hover” over our children in public, swooping in to rescue them at the first sign of danger. Venture over to any public playground and you will […]

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