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So…About That Wheelchair


Dear Mom from the Children’s Christmas Party Tonight,
Hi. I’m not even sure you saw me, although it’s slightly hard to miss when I’m walking behind Jillian. She’s cute, right? So is your son. Hopefully I wasn’t looking wistfully at your son. I never want to change Jillian but sometimes I get a little sad watching a child who makes walking look so easy. Jillian has to fight against her muscles to walk.
Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. I’m writing this [...]

Thrive On! Three To Be Gala


Two weeks ago Adam and I were given the rare but great opportunity to have a date night. We were guests at Thrive On! The Three To Be Stems of Hope Gala.  This was our second year attending for a cause that’s near and dear to our hearts. I used to be so intimidated by Dana Florence- Co-Founder and Executive Director of Three To Be. I just sit behind my computer and write about cerebral palsy and special needs. Dana made an [...]



Oh hiiiiiii! Didya miss me? I don’t even have some cool reason as to why I haven’t blogged in so long! Let’s pretend I was abducted by aliens. That works for me.
Since my blogging has been on the back burner, I’m challenging myself to blog once a day for a month. Then hopefully I will be back on track and continue posting regularly.  I’m also going to start tweeting again. Every once in a while I decide to give myself [...]

The Lokomat- A Research Study


A lot has happened around here! It seems like the girls just got out from school yet here we are, already in August. One month left until they head back to school. Hard to believe the summer is half over!
 In October, Adam and I were given the rare chance to attend the Three To Be Gala- a night to raise money for kids like Jillian with neurological disorders. Among some of the guests, Jillian’s therapist from school was there and [...]

It Was a “Typical” Day


Time has gotten away with me again so it seems! Two weeks ago, Jillian was going to get an award from school. Our day started as it usually does. Me, ignoring the alarm clock, groaning when Adam finally gets me up, get the girls ready and out the door and see Adam off to work.

After our quite typical morning, Jillian decided to throw a curve ball. Shouldn’t surprise me anymore, but it does! That afternoon, Jillian received the “courage” award. [...]

P&G Thank You, Mom- Interview with Deb Westlake

Greg Westlake & Deb Westlake2

Have you caught P&G’s commercials for the upcoming Olympics in Sochi? Talking to some of the most important people behind our athletes and seeing what goes into raising an athlete? Since I don’t have a sporty bone in my body this was an area just outside of my comfort zone! Thankfully, I got to have a very heartfelt chat with Deb Westlake this afternoon and I left our conversation feeling invigorated, excited and totally proud to be a Canadian. Greg [...]

#Disney’s Frozen and a Metaphor for Special Needs Parenting


Have you guys seen Frozen yet? I took the girls a few weeks ago and it has quickly become one of our favourite Disney movies and we can’t wait to own it. I was reflecting over the plot when we got home and I realized Frozen fits a pretty good metaphor for how our journey with special needs has been. I’ll try not to give too many spoilers!

First, there are two sisters playing together fairly young. We learn that Elsa [...]

Sledge Hockey #FlashGiveaway Full Details and Rules


What are your plans for Saturday? If your family is like mine your weekends are  crazy busy but because I’m a P&G mom I have a great opportunity for you! If you’re following me here from twitter or facebook, below are the full contest rules for a set of tickets for the Sledge Hockey games that are coming up this weekend.
Because the event is on Saturday, this is a flash giveaway. So the timeline of this giveaway will be quick, hence [...]

The Day, The Music Died


Or at least that’s how I felt on that unseasonable warm day in Toronto, 4 years ago. It was 11 in the morning, amazing how I remember every detail of that day. Can you remember what you were doing 4 years ago? The girls and I headed out in the double stroller, Lauren wanting to walk beside the stroller while I was begging her to get in since we were going to be late. As usual.
We started our brisk walk [...]

Got Special Needs? Take Some Equipment!


Shortly after Jillian’s diagnosis, I earned an honorary degree in medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy. Not quite but I was thrust into a world full of jargon, acronyms and equipment. Soon it was so overwhelming that I couldn’t keep up with it all. I polled my FB and Twitter followers about what you guys would like to read more about and one of my friends from high school (who also has a daughter with CP) suggested a post on some of the [...]