How did you expand your family? Shocking question and none of my business, right? You’d be surprised how many people are asked just that. We were lucky to be able to conceive naturally, but others aren’t so lucky. I feel that infertility is something that isn’t commonly discussed, much like mental health issues. I think it’s about time to speak up since one in six Ontario couples suffer from infertility. I didn’t realize that number was so high until I [...]
I was talking with Jess tonight and I mentioned that before I began having kids, I wanted 6 of them. Being that I’m an only child, I always attributed that longing for a large family from that. Too bad it won’t come to fruition? When I first met Adam, I was still hung up on 6 kids. He didn’t run away screaming, bonus for him. After we were married, I dropped the number to 4. The Adam almost had me [...]
Last week, I participated in a group activity on Client and Family Integrated Care. Holland Bloorview has started developing some simulations as teaching tools. Apparently the idea of simulation was started with anesthesiology then moved to surgery and it’s catching on everywhere now. It’s a great learning tool and I’m excited to be a part of it. We were asked to come up with some personal stories to exhibit the 4 core principles of Client and Family Centred Care. They [...]
(See? We have fun! Jillian totally photobombed us!)
Or as I liked to say, I had a holy shit moment today. First, let me back up a bit. I gave a quick rundown on what it was like to be a parent mentor/advisor on a new committee and how absolutely terrified I was at first. Thankfully now I’ve settled down into my role quite comfortably. I was recently asked to sit on a day long meeting to discuss how we can [...]
Still shot from a Family Leader Video.
Almost 2 years ago, I made the decision to start volunteering with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The very place where Jillian receives therapy. I felt so strongly and passionately about this hospital and I couldn’t donate a bunch of money to thank them, so I gave something that’s pretty precious to me, my time.
Shortly after starting, there was a committee coming up revolving around an outpatient electronic health record. Our inpatient population already had an [...]
…To every story. Something I haven’t talked much about is my relationship, or lack of relationship with my parents. I was talking with Rhea the other night when I said I think it’s time to finally just write about it. I’m not even sure what has been holding me back. She suggested that maybe I had hoped things would be different by now. And I think that’s probably the case. So, here goes my side of the story. Hopefully this [...]
From our very quick trip to Nova Scotia- we were lucky to spend some time with our family. It was especially nice to see the girls interract so well with my niece and nephew. It definitely made me wish we lived closer so we could do it more often!
Jillian loved George immediately. Plus, she had someone to crawl around with.
Honestly, the girls just tolerated me. They were far too busy talking and colouring.
Have a fabulous Wednesday!
Middle of November already?! Crap. Christmas really is coming and that just proves how unprepared I really am! Today, Adam and I had the privilege to attend both of our girls parent/teacher interviews. Adam took the day off in preparation so we could all go.
We started out our morning at Lauren’s school. We sat with her teacher (too bad her ECE was out sick) and halfway through our meeting, the principle sat in. I’m not sure exactly why she chose that time [...]
Interesting title, yes? When Adam and I decided to expand our small family of 2 and consequently got pregnant with Lauren, all of the typical “what if” questions were asked during our time apart. He was working in Georgia for work and making fun of me for going to bed at 7pm when I was very newly pregnant. We clearly have a loving relationship.
Nearing my due date, we talked about where the baby would actually sleep for the first few months. [...]
Raising a special needs child and having many connections within the special needs community, not to mention other parent who have had premature babies, I’m quite familiar with McHappy Day and the Ronald McDonald houses that are available for parents (and relatives to stay) while their children are receiving treatment in a hospital. Thankfully, my family and I haven’t needed to use the Ronald McDonald houses however, we do get to use a fabulous play room, sponsored by Ronald McDonald [...]