Tag Archives: large families

A Few Points on Parenting

Published 4/8/17 on Ohio.com A friend only a few years into her adventures as a mom posted on my Facebook wall: “You need to write a parenting manual for me.” I think about parenting a lot and have for a … Continue reading

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Mid-century Mark

“You belong to AARP?” I asked my father twenty years ago when he mentioned a discount he’d received due to his membership. A man who never refuses assistance, I figured he had pulled one over on the retired people’s lobby. … Continue reading

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Two Years This Daughter

  The first two years with a baby with Down syndrome are a lot of work, but then it all gets easier. I have repeated that sentence, spoken by the caseworker from our county’s DD Board when Lyra was only … Continue reading

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Two Years This Family

Two years ago, I wrote about our Thanksgiving with family in northern Michigan. As has been the case for more years than I can remember, last month we again made our biennial pilgrimage up the mitten-shaped state, our van loaded … Continue reading

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Lyra: Our First Year Together

Lifespans in Life The majority of the Down syndrome blogs are written by families whose child diagnosed with Ds is under the age of three. In an online group I belong to, mothers openly wonder why this is the case … Continue reading

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Obstacles to Writing

House Full Up Whoopsie Piggle is currently home to eight people, four dogs, three cats and a singular goldfish who resides in a red plastic sandbox, shaped like a crab, which became a mini-pond two years ago when the lid … Continue reading

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The Spring of Chaos

After what felt like a winter without end, spring has finally arrived. I typically expect November and early December to be the busiest time of the year. For the most part, I don’t think of the holidays as something to … Continue reading

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On Writing About Family

Good Busy Whoopsie Piggle has not had a new post in over two weeks and this has been for two good reasons. First of all, I have two separate freelance projects that have kept me very busy. In some measure, … Continue reading

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Learning About Lyra

“Is there a vagina?” I immediately asked the midwife. After a summer of crop-killing drought, it rain fell the day my last child was born. For the first time in two months, we turned off the air conditioning and opened … Continue reading

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