Evie (aka Rae): She is the sun we all orbit around. A two year old firecracker that is blissfully unaware of her differences. She laughs at inappropriate humor and physical comedy, giggles when I cry (no empathy I tell ya!), and, like many non-verbal children, when she's done with something she lets us know with a scream. She loves to watch Little Einsteins and Sid the Science Kid. She is doted on by all her family and all our friends.
Candice: I'm a stay at home Mom/therapist/taxi service/researcher/masked crime fighter (j/k). In a former life I was a student of History and Literature (finished my BA in 2010) and I briefly worked in HR. In my spare time (hahaha...what's that!), I work on family ancestry, bake, sew, work on art projects, and blog (I actually have 4).
Dude: My often quiet, seemingly calmer, usually more rational better half. Jacob allows me to be myself, even when I'm just being difficult and crabby. He is an industrial mechanic and much much more. He is the December to my May. He dotes on his little girl (which means he allows her to watch way more cartoons than I do) and is the softer touch between the two of us (I swear when she's older he'll give her anything in exchange for a kiss).
Mimi and G-Boss: Mimi is my soft place to land and my best friend. She is my Mom. G-Boss is my strength and my "fix it" man (no matter what needs to be done for Rae he will make sure it happens). When I feel like I can't keep going, I think of him and remember that the drive to push forward is inside me just like it is in him. We're very fortunate to live so close to my parents and I thank God everyday to have them here. Once a week, Rae goes to their house for a sleep over so Jacob and I can have "date night" (which sometimes means we go to be early...how exciting!).
Rae's Hypotonic Journey: The diagnoses we have to date are...
- Rett Syndrom (1 Feb 2013)
- Gene Mutation, m.2882T>C (4 Oct 2012)
- Global Developmental Delay (14 May 2012)
- Epilepsy (9 Mar 2012)
- Hypotonia (20 Feb 2012)
- Myopathy (26 Apr 2012)
- Scoliosis (20 Feb 2012)
When I started this blog, I hoped to reach out to other families that were trying to find their way through the hypotonic maze, but it has become so much more than that for me. It is a one of the best therapeutic ways I have found to help me sort through all the highs and lows of being a special needs mom. It has also allowed us to keep family and friends updated on how Rae is doing and where we are in this journey. I hope you find some humor, comfort, encouragement, and enjoyment from reading about our little ray of sun.