Vesta had a new dress made to wear at Thanksgiving dinner. Chocolate. For Vesta, it was rather unmanly, slightly out of character. Appropriately tea length and high around the neck, something about those ties were irresistible, though more fitted than her usual choices. Vesta, alarmed yet pleased to find herself on the cutting edge of fashion, showed it to Velma one night after spotting her in the dining hall. Velma was new to the rooming house; she did not gossip like some of the other spinsters did. “It’s gorgeous, of course! All your clothes are handmade, are they not? Why is that?”
When these kids get older, I hope all of *my* clothes can be handmade. Starting with this breathtaking shop of new patterns with retro looks: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SewChicPatternCo
I am queen of the helicopter parents. But there are enough of us that we are becoming a social problem. Here’s my story.
Thing 1 was coming, they couldn’t stop him, it was only 24 weeks and 3 days. Someone asked: should we try to save him? Well, yes. Yes! Ten days later, a team of doctors closed the door behind us to explain brain bleeds, sepsis, meningitis. Shall we pull the plug? Well, no. No!
Babydaddy laid hands on him every day, massaged him when he was ready. For the three months he was in intensive care, and the three weeks at an intermediate hospital, I would get up in the night and pump breast milk, thinking about my baby across town. Babydaddy delivered it every morning, earning the name “milkman.” It was funny.
We had every therapy going for as long as possible: early intervention, the intermediate unit, private therapies. Terms multiplied: sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration problems, orally defensive, auditory sensitivities, comprehensive developmental delay, cognitive function impairment, retinopathy of prematurity. He did occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, play therapy; we consulted with a neurologist, school psychologist, wraparound service provider, developmental specialist. He worked with an occupational therapist for a year and a half to tolerate teeth and hair brushing.
Not surprisingly, parenting didn’t feel natural. I learned to read to my baby watching Phyllis, our physical therapist. Voices, commentary, labeling colors, counting… she was very good! Merging professional research skills with my genetic propensity for silliness (mom was class clown, dad’s distantly related to Lucille Ball), my mothering style came together. Eventually. But I still channel Phyllis on occasion.
Thing 2 was full term. They are complete opposites; she is a sensory seeker with a wild sense of adventure and an inventive sense of fashion. Keeping them both busy and happy is an exasperating and sweet challenge. I still believe that every day can be fun and educational while reinforcing kids' boundaries. I’m on a mission to save us helicopter parents from ourselves. No more bubble wrapped kids and guilty parents. Let’s teach them coping skills. Let’s get fun.
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Lovely! Thanks for including me…Laura
Your shop is a dream come true! I hope to have the time to sew your patterns…. one day. sigh. Do carry on, everything is lovely.
Love the chocolate colour!
Mmmm, delish. Thanks, Michelle.