Early Intervention (EI) is a state funded program that offers assistance to children age 3 and under who have developmental delays and disabilities in the state of Illinois. All states have some sort of assistance, but the terms may vary state to state. In Luca’s case, EI covered all of his therapies and special equipment … More The Magic of Early Intervention
One of the most difficult things we have had to deal with in regards to all of the issues Luca has is trusting our medical team. It’s sad, but true. While there are many pediatric doctors out there, not all of them are wonderful. Early on, Luca developed a team of specialists: Genetics, urology, neurology, plastics, … More Trusting Your Medical Team
Luca had surgery to repair his lip in early December 2014 when he was just 12 weeks old. We were terrified of putting our new baby under anesthesia, but it had to be done. Deformities are the first things are typically judged by the general public. We decided early on that we didn’t want Luca … More Luca’s Cleft Repair
Today, a photo of Luca popped up in new newsfeed on Facebook as reminder of what I posted 4 years ago today. It’s one of my favorite photos of Luca to date! I was reminded of how much Luca has changed in the past four years and was overwhelmed with happiness! In four years, Luca … More Four Years is a Long Time!
At the beginning, there were a lot of people in my everyday life that had no idea that Luca was special needs. I guess I was still learning who Luca was and I really didn’t know how to answer questions when people would ask, so it was easier for me to not talk about it. I … More Determination to overcome
I had Landon when Luca was two. I had no idea how Luca would react and if he would understand since I couldn’t explain it to him. Greg and our nanny at the time brought Luca to the hospital to meet Landon, but Luca wasn’t interested in the least. For the first few weeks at … More Big Brother Luca
Retarded. I hear that word and it makes me cringe inside. I literally feel like I got punched in the stomach every time I hear it. I hear it more often than I would like and I know that no one ever means offense, but it doesn’t change the way I feel when I hear it. … More The “R” Word