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  1. My dd (Down syndrome) has strabismus in her left eye. She has been in glasses with a prescription of only +1.25 for 2 1/2 years. Her eye doctor said the medical books would say glasses wouldn't work and she'd need surgery, but the glasses have been working great. We are trialling right now no glasses for one month, though her eye does cross at times so I think her doctor will have her go back to wearing them. She has no need for the glasses for vision; she wears them to relax the need to focus, thus relaxing the muscle in the eye, allowing the eyes to work together.
  2. I take either Thorne prenatal or the Garden of Life Raw prenatal (I feel I've been pregnant or nursing for more years than I can count though I only have five). Both help me feel more human. I also take 5000 IU vitamin D while pregnant and nursing, again either Thorne or the Raw ones.
  3. We have dairy and gluten intolerances. We never assume anyone will/should accommodate us in terms of food though I will help out if they want suggestions on things to buy/prepare. We bring our own food unless it's my parents or ILs. (They know what we can eat and prepare food we all can share.)
  4. I'm glad to hear pretty positive experiences! We don't get snow and lately very little rain, so that's not a concern. The hugeness is a concern, but the commercial dealer guy at our local dealership is looking to let us rent the one we would presumably buy, so that's a plus. He said he's hoping to have one in by the end of the year. We had no idea they were that hard to get. Our top color choices are the artic blue metallic and the Java metallic, but we'd do black or silver too (dh really likes the black; I lean more towards the silver as a third choice).
  5. Does anyone have a NV? We are seriously considering one now that there are five kids. I currently drive an Odyssey, which I love, but between strollers, easy-ups for soccer games, Costco trips, and anything else we do (plus usually some sort of road trip in the summers), it is becoming an extremely tight fit. Oldest is 14 and 5'6" and youngest is newborn. We will be hauling kids for some time. Of all the passenger vans, the NV is the only one we are considering. Any opinions? Oh and what color do you have if you own one. ;) (We'd donate dh's very old Civic and he'd take the Odyssey. We'd have two family cars but I'd be driving the NV and it'd be the go-to family outing car.)
  6. EWTN will be replaying it later tonight if you have a dvr to record it.
  7. Our fourth child has Down syndrome. She is 4 1/2 and is being homeschooled (basically what I consider special needs preschool) using Simply Classical from Memoria Press and will continue to be homeschooled just like her siblings. There are many who homeschool their children with Down syndrome (there is a board of us on Facebook for instance). You will have to make a decision that is best for you, your son, and your family. But do not dismiss homeschooling just due to his diagnosis. Our daughter thrives at home with her brothers. She loves stories (she brings us books at the time), her attention span is continuing to grow, I am developing her auditory learning abilities rather than just relying on her being a visual learner (which she is). She aged out of EI when she was 3; technically she graduated before that as our state is messed up and wouldn't provide speech and that was her only real delay. We could have stuck with speech through the school district until she hit school age, but we opted instead for private speech, which is paid through our insurance. Like others have said, look into your state's rules. In my state, there is really no hope of getting public school services unless the child is enrolled in school. Since that really is only speech and potential adaptive PE/some fine-motor OT, both of which I can provide at home (and insurance picking up the tab for speech), I saw no reason to consider school for her.
  8. I first heard about it in the online Down syndrome circles that I frequent. I had dd tested and she was hetero for C677T (I think those are the right letters). So, I had me tested. Neither her pediatrician, nor my doctor, knew anything about it/had never heard about it, but ordered the blood draws. I am also hetero for C677T. We now treat our three boys as if they are also hetero, though they may not be, and everyone in the family uses Thorne vitamins (well, dd uses specific ones designed for those with Down syndrome, but they have the right form of Bs). I can see a history in both sides of my family, though I haven't convinced my mom to be tested and my dad passed 8 years ago.
  9. What about Princeton Files? You could put them on the shelf "backward" and hold your binders while not losing regular books next to them. http://www.demco.com/goto?BLS168249&ALL0000&es=20150721200754777409
  10. I can say my husband and I both loved the book as well (it's one I plan on listening to again). It reminds me, not in content but in appeal, of a Narnia or such book - one that is written more for children, but is loved by all ages. But we are also Ralph Moody fans. He is both touching and quite funny, and knowing it's based on his own life makes it that much more interesting.
  11. What about Little Britches - Father and I Were Ranchers. It's 8 hours, so a little longer than you need, but it is a wonderful book. We just listened this past year with our 13, 11, and 8 year old boys and they all loved it. We also just recommended it to a friend whose 14 year old son is going off to scout camp.
  12. We've always told our kids that they cannot play in the house of a friend without permission from is (for every specific time, not a blanket always). We've also told them that friends are allowed out front, not in the house and usually not in the backyard. They must ask permission to take friends in the back and it's a very rare exception where one friend, and only one, is allowed in the house. I love my kids, but don't care to babysit and keep watch on the neighbor kids. But I do appreciate them outside my house where I can keep and eye and ear on things. There have been a few times I've gone outside or dh has to correct language or behavior. But on the whole, they are on their own. Just set the rules now that neighbor kid has found your house. Explain to your kids that friends are for playing with outside and remind as often as needed. But don't feel you have to let any other kids in your house. Oh, and don't feel badly saying not now/not today/it's time to go home now. We do this frequently. And it's never deterred the kids from coming back again.
  13. I love my Børn flats. I get them off Zappos or Amazon. I live in them almost year round.
  14. I couldn't imagine that much water in one storm. I mean, I've lived through my share of El Niño years, but I've only seen rain like that on the news (I think we are too coastal without any foothills nearby). They are predicting (again, but supposedly with better data) El Niño this winter. The rain is needed, but I am afraid of that much water too quickly on extremely dry ground.
  15. Re reading my post made it sound like we got five inches in a couple storms. Sorry about that. And I found what I think were official numbers and we've had about 7 1/2 inches this year (since July 1, 2014). Last year was six inches and the year before just under six inches. I wish I could find a chart a friend of mine posted on Facebook. It gave the figures for river basin capacity, and if I remember correctly, almost all in the state were at sub-10% capacity. :(
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