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Scaling Sri Pada(Adam’s Peak)

Maybe it’s because I’ve lived in a few amazing cities (Philadelphia, NY, LA, HK, Singapore), but when I’m traveling, I’m blown away by natural beauty.  Sri Lanka is one of those unmistakably awe-inspiring countries.  Its lush, untouched lands have appropriately earned it Garden of Eden references. Why is it called Sri Pada/Adam’s peak? This 2,243 m (7,359 ft) mountain has …

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It Took Me 9 Months To Teach My Down Syndrome Baby To Breastfeed. This Is How We Did It

I breastfed my oldest over 2 yrs and was equally, if not more determined to breastfeed my baby with Down Syndrome.  Not only was I hoping for immunity benefits, but breastfeeding promotes oral strength that feeds into speech development.  DS babies typically have low tone (which can be thought of as floppy muscle weakness) that …

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Best Sensory Toys For Special Needs Babies: Therapist Approved For Infant Stimulation

One of the benefits of finding out during pregnancy about my baby’s Down syndrome was getting a head start looking for resources.  We started therapy at just a few weeks old, where the therapist brought in toys and books to stimulate development. Over time we’ve gone to OT, PT, FT, (occupational therapy, physical therapy, feeding …

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Free Home Educational Resources (use during COVID School Closings!)

This list shows resources with subject and age level categories, plus the link to the resource. So far our categories are as follows: The “Educator” category is for institutional resources and educators.  We’ve also added a Streaming classes column that shows whether there are live classes offered. Since this is a massive list, check out …

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Preparing For My Baby’s Heart Surgery

Finding out prenatally about our baby’s congenital heart defect was somewhat overshadowed by her other diagnosis’s, like Down syndrome and cystic hygroma.   We met cardiologists at the Maternal Fetal Center in Minneapolis as well as cardiologists in Southern California who confirmed that surgery would definitely be necessary. Our heart warrior had Tetrology of Fallot (TOF), …

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Trying For A Pain Free Childbirth: Is It Possible? This Is How To Prepare

Everyone tells you childbirth is going to be difficult and painful, and you don’t know when that moment will come.  Perhaps drawing on your mother’s experience or family history, you get an idea of what it could be like.  But the whole journey feels entirely out of your control. Welcome to parenthood. Birth Story My …

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