Parenting is not always peaceful, especially with a challenge or two that face your kiddos. But it’s possible to parent with more peace, more grace, more gratitude and more hopefulness.
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.
Baby Jude appears to wear his heart on his skull. Jude was born with congenital skull deformations. Not just your traditional plagiocephaly (flattened head) but more of a midline deformation, with a divot at the top of his skull, along with some odd spots in the back of his head.
Here’s a snapshot of leaving the house with a toddler with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – a snapshot of leaving the house with Baby Jude.
“It was the summer of 69” is how the Bryan Adams’ song goes. Well, in the wild world of Janey Bug and Baby Jude, it has been the summer of 69 life lessons, or at least it feels like it.
“Are you my mother?” Dr. Seuss asked it first. And then Jane asked it.
I have hemmed and hawed over sharing this story since early June out of respect for all members of adoption triads, out of respect for my kids’ birth mother, out of respect for their father, and most importantly, out of respect for Jane and Jude.
Something happened in my own home recently that made me know, really know, that I was onto something with my 10 commandments for compassionate disability awareness- particularly No. 4 (Teach your children to ask you questions if they have them).