Meet Jane. Meet Jude. And meet me, Sarah. I am lucky enough to be their mom. We came together, as a family, when infertility led my husband and I to adoption. After a good bit of fertility treatments (nothing “stuck!”) and then soul searching, my husband determined that adoption was OK by him. I always knew […]
Hey, Jude! is a blog by Sarah Sanford. The author shares her experiences as the mother of two adopted children, Jane and Jude. Jude has multiple special needs, including cerebral palsy and sensory processing disorder. She spends a lot of time at Akron Children's Hospital with Jude.
They say that parenting is a balancing act. Parenting J & J is more like, happily, walking a tight rope. Jude’s needs are fairly obvious. Jane, is a bit more coy with her needs. We gotta pay attention, a lot of attention. She has to put up with a lot for her age. It’s very […]
1. Don’t believe the hype. 2. On the other hand, don’t ignore the advice – and some of the hype. There IS something to be said for it. 3. Go to Akron Children’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center . . .or someplace similar if you can. Makes ALL the difference. 4. Lava lamps are the best – and […]
Apparently, for me, it can take a while. Thankfully, the team at Akron Children’s are PROS. This ain’t their first trip to the rodeo – and, unfortunately, they have to deliver far heavier diagnoses than we have been given, so they know how to do it. For example, when your Help Me Grow social worker […]
In physical therapy, Baby Jude and his crew have worked on lots and lots of skill sets over this past year. Not the least of which is the ability to move the top of his body in opposition from the bottom. Something about “no longer moving the entire body as a unit.” Yes, it’s an […]
Janey Bug recently asked me: “Sarah, it’d be beautiful if I grew in your belly, wouldn’t it have been?” She just turned 4. And she primarily calls me Sarah. (It’s not the worst thing in the world, and certainly not our biggest worry. Though, it is annoying and grating on the old mommy ego.) Her […]