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Tales from the Mommy Trenches | The life.. by Sylvia.hobgood@gmail.com - 3M ago

Ruthie spent her kindergarten year this year at our nearby Catholic school, which is run by Dominican Sisters.  We have loved having her there. She has been receiving an excellent education, and I have loved her exposure to religious vocations. She tells me she wants to be a nun when she grows up! Well, she also wants to be a mom, a clown, and a pianist, so I’m not holding my breath. Despite our satisfaction with Ruth’s school this past…

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Before Regina was even a twinkle in her father’s eye, I used to follow a few social media accounts of parents of children with Down syndrome because I sincerely enjoyed them. But after a while, I started to ask myself, “What if we had a child with Down syndrome?” After consideration, I came to the conclusion that the prospect panicked me. I wouldn’t be able to handle it, I just knew it. I remember unfollowing all of the accounts in a…

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A reader asked me how the girls got their names, but was probably mostly wondering how we ended up with all of them having the same consonant sound a la familia Duggar. Surprisingly, we didn’t set out for all of our children to have “R” names. We like to fly by the seat of our pants and see where we end up. And in this case, we have ended up with all “R” names. Perhaps we should reassess this strategy,…

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Tales from the Mommy Trenches | The life.. by Sylvia.hobgood@gmail.com - 4M ago

I feel like for my other pregnancies, I might have done more tedious pregnancy updates. I must be losing my grip! I am 23 weeks as of yesterday. People keep asking me how I’m feeling, and then immediately apologizing and asking me if I hate that question. On the contrary! Kvetching about my pregnancy discomforts is my favorite pastime. Pregnant and geriatric people have that in common. So I’ll do it here too, you lucky readers, you. Nausea and vomiting-wise,…

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Thank you guys so much for your prayers and well wishes this week. We had our 20 week scan today, and apparently I’m only 18 weeks. Funny how with your sixth, you just cannot seem to keep up with how many weeks along you are. Whenever I go into the OB’s office and they ask me how many weeks along I am, I have to respond with, “Don’t you have that in your chart somewhere?” I’d be lying if I…

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Testing, testing. Is this blog still on? Where were we? Ah, yes.  I was still riding the high from miraculously weaning Regina off of her feeding tube in a ridiculously short period of time and she was eating like she had been eating by mouth all of her life. I thought to myself, “time to finally relax and rest on your laurels, Sylvia.” There are some small obstacles that occur that are God’s way of reminding us that we were…

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I’m sure there is at least one person out there who is dying to know how I did this. No? Oh, well. I’m going to write this anyway. Because it’s what I do. It’s what I live for. To help poor, unfortunate merfolk, like yourself! As I outlined in this post, due to a series of unfortunate events, Regina ended up being fully tube fed and retching and throwing up if any sort of nipple came near her mouth. Everyone assured me that…

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First of all, let me say something to you that probably no one has said to you in light of your recent news: Congratulations!! I know that word may be sounding jarring to you now, but hear me out. I know how you feel right now. I have been there myself. You are scared, and all of the medical professionals saying things like, “I want you to make an informed decision,” and “I want you to know your options,” which…

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Tales from the Mommy Trenches | The life.. by Sylvia.hobgood@gmail.com - 1y ago

We're coming up on the one year anniversary of that fateful day when we were given Regina's heart defect and probably Down syndrome diagnosis. The one year anniversary of the toughest year of my life, with the lowest lows and the highest highs. Scott and I have been through the refining fire, but we most certainly haven't come out the other side yet. We have been privileged to enjoy Regina's company for seven months now. She is a little firecracker.…

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Wait, I thought she was done with these open heart surgery posts.  Nooooope! So when I left you, Regina’s heart repair had been declared a success. Scott and I went out for dinner and drinks with my sister and brother-in-law to celebrate. In my mind, the toughest part of all this was behind us now. The rest would be smooth sailing into more typical baby experiences. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more wrong in an assumption in my…

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