Steven Hawking, an English theoretical physicist, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS, at age 21. This neuron disease progressed throughout Hawking’s life causing him to spend his days in a wheelchair using the assistance of a computer to communicate. Despite these obstacles, Hawking was able to become one of the most intelligent, successful and respected physicists in history. Stories like Hawking’s demonstrates that disabilities do not limit individuals from achieving amazing things and living life to the fullest. #stevenhawking#sciencehistory#dontlimitme#iamable#respect
Guys I have royally sucked at all things life during my pregnancy thus far. I don’t use sucked lightly. It feels like a swear word 😮 but I want you to have a true picture as to what we’re talking about... aka me and all my sucky... ness? Anyhow, turns out taking care of three kiddos a household, being a wife and working while pregnant is NO JOKE.
Where I was once organized, I’m back to being a hot mess. At one point we were eating out more than in and getting my kids to school on time feels like the biggest feat on this earth. The celebrations in my head that happen when we’re on time feels comparable to crossing the finish line in a 100 mile marathon. Seems like an exaggeration but not in this girls mind. I’ve let household chores slack and feel like having complete focus anywhere is impossible. I’m all over the place. That being said I’ve been pretty hard on myself these last few months feeling like I have to be the most impatient Mom and a terrible partner adding my work load to the most patient husband. Nothing I accomplish in a day feels like it can measure up to who I was before I started to grow this 4th little human.
Last week I went grocery shopping and out to lunch just my mom and I. That’s right I went to the store and ate a meal peacefully. At first it felt odd to be “rewarding” myself after feeling like such a slacker. I should have kept Millie home with me today instead of sending her to school.. I should have gotten something quick so I could get home to clean up the house. I should have I should have ... mom guilt sprinkled with more mom guilt.
On our way back home my mom and I couldn’t stop saying how much we needed that. Our demeanor was lighter, we were smiling, we were relaxed. The guilt was gone and a version of myself I hadn’t seen in awhile was back. I picked up my kids in the best mood I could have had. Who knew a shopping date and lunch with my mom could change so much. I was full of energy and went home to make dinner for my family like I love to do when I’m able to remember it is not a chore but in fact a blessing. ****CONTINUED IN COMMENTS******
Many times, people automatically think that individuals with disabilities are unable to do certain things. Whether that is learning difficult topics in school, not being able to talk to many people at once, not able to live a fulfilled life (the list goes on and on), it is crucial to ensure that this mentality is eradicated as soon as possible because people with disabilities are NOT limited from doing anything! Just like people without disabilities, individuals with disabilities have the possibility to do anything they set their minds to. One girl made a very large impact in the way people see individuals with disabilities. In her well known video entitled, Don’t Limit Me, Megan expresses that in order for people with disabilities to excel in the world, they need to be treated like everyone else from the start. Check out the full video (link in bio) and comment down below some major takeaways after watching it ⬇️ #respect#dontlimitme#equality#everyonematters
At 6:55am, Max arrives at Accenture. “I check the agenda for the day to see what our schedule’s going to be. We usually make our rounds when the morning starts and actually tidy up the rooms. We get ready, set up the catering.
. “My favorite part of the job, probably getting to know my coworkers really well… They’re friendly and fun. Usually when I stock the pantry, I talk to people and see how they’re doing. I get to know Accenture really well.”
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... Photo by Thuc Nguyen, courtesy of Accenture and Accenture Federal Services.
#TankTipTuesday So at the recent @dearmomconference @askdrsears shared the wisdom they have gained through the years of raising their son with DS. One big takeaway was the importance and powerful benefits a child can receive from eating Wild Alaskan Salmon. This stuff is truly brain food. It is full of great oils, fats, vitamins and protein. The wild part is important as the fish will be even more beneficial and packed with the crucial oils/vitamins. Since Tank has no teeth, I pureed and froze individual portions. I cooked it without any butters or seasoning. Personally, I'm not a salmon fan after a rough experience with it... and our house has smelled like fish for days 🤢🤢 Whatever it takes for the lil nugget.
Do not limit yourself. Impossible is nothing. With God all things are possible. So why should you doubt yourself and your capabilities? The fact that someone failed in one thing doesn't mean that, you will also fail when you do the same thing. Come out from your fears and take what belongs to you.
Pregnancy after Down syndrome-
Last week I had someone ask me “if this baby would have Downs.” While that question and it’s bluntness stung, I really couldn’t blame them for asking. I know out of human nature it is something that everyone has wondered. Heck, we have wondered. Not only have we wondered.. we have worried.
You see it’s not the Down syndrome that scares us. We would take all of our children enhanced with extra chromosomes. The extra cuddly, melt into your arms kind of babies. The ones with almond eyes that steal your heart with one soul searching look. We love Down syndrome. It is safe to say we rock at Down syndrome, or at least Amelia does and we’re lucky enough to claim her and all of her awesomeness. Our worry has nothing to do chromosomes and everything to do with the fear and helplessness we felt when we unwilling claimed the title of special needs parents. We were clueless. Today we are anything but clueless. We are educated. Not just about Down syndrome but on a very large chunk of the special needs community and that can be scary. Being in the dark sure made for easier pregnancies. But when your chances of having a child with Down syndrome are 1 in 1,200 and your daughter is that one.. there is no denying her purpose.
I made plans for this fourth baby long ago. Just minutes after Amelia was born. When fear of "different" rocked our world. The baby I “planned” on would be so different I told myself. He or she would be perfect. Looking back to that type of thinking makes me laugh. Do we ever get the baby we planned on? Do we even have a say? Of course not. I can only thank God that I am not the one who gets to decide where the best version of myself lies. I am so thankful it is not up to me to make the call on what I can handle or when my hands are too full. If it had been up to me the old me, the scared of the unknown me- would have missed this opportunity.
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Nom nom nom!!! Therapy recommended we get a "jiggler" for Tank... so here we are 😊 Thankfully one of our friends was done with their's. I mean honestly, where would we be without hand me downs... aside from broke 😂😂😂
Our Fantastic Friends had the BEST time tonight with Jake from #tntfitness ! We worked hard, learned movement, built our endurance and had fun! Many thanks to our new best friend Jake for challenging us to be our best. Can’t wait to have you back! #dontlimitme#generationg#feelingfit
Max first joined the Best Buddies Friendship program at George Mason University.
••• “After Mason, I just wanted to get a good job and somehow I contacted Best Buddies,” says Max. “One of the [Best Buddies] job coaches, she said, ‘I’m wondering if you can get a full time job.’ Maybe you can work at Accenture part-time first, and spend one year building up.” •••
Together, Max and his job coach prepared for his interview with Accenture. When asked if he has any tips, Max says, “just talk about your skills that you have. I talked about some office work I did back in the day." •••
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Photo by Thuc Nguyen, courtesy of Accenture and Accenture Federal Services.
Today we went looking for Emily’s “finding place” based off the newspaper ad from 5 years ago. We took the subway and found the local police station. The police were so friendly and searched for her file, invited us in and served us tea and then took a picture with us. Unfortunately, the location where she has found has been completely remodeled recently... What use to be a village with factories, now has high end car dealerships and a mall so the addresses were changed from the day she was found making it impossible to find the exact spot. My heart breaks for the decision her birth parents made that day. Thankful for the opportunity to walk where they once walked. I don’t take having the opportunity to be her mother lightly. #theluckyfew#t21#t21adoption#downsyndromerocks#adopttogether#lovemakesafamily#wecouldhavemissedthis#lifeisbetterwithyou#dontlimitme#downsyndromeadoption#adoptiontrip