Monday, December 31, 2012

The Love That Max Year In Review 2012


In January, Max learned to love skiing; I shared The Stuff Special Needs Moms Say; and we all got outraged about a hospital's initial decision to deny a child with special needs a kidney transplant.

In February, I asked people to see the ability, not the disability and couldn't resist joining in the What I Do meme.

In March, Max wrote his own name; I told people what I'd like them to say to my child with special needs and once again asked them to not use that awful word.

In April, Max became a barfly, a teen with Down syndrome was crowned prom king, and the girl with Down syndrome who'd become a cruel web joke was found.

In May, Max rocked his spring concert and I cried from happiness at the IEP.

In June, Max hit a backyard home run and bowled like a champ; I told the world that my child with special needs is not a burden to society and created Special Needs Moms: The Reality Show.

In July, Max asked the best question in the whole wide worldgot very brave and starred in his own backseat version of Call Me Maybe; I debuted 50 Shades of Grey: Special Needs Mom Edition.

In August, we celebrated The American Cheese Milestone and a slideshow of our kids.

In September, Max walked up stairs by himself for the first time and I explained why people shouldn't pity kids with cerebral palsy.

In October, Max got his dream job; I asked people to smile at a special needs mom and outed people who cling to the word retard.

In November, Max debuted scrambled eggs therapy; readers shared their favorite toys for kids with special needs and also raised $3000 to help a mom hit by Sandy.

In December, I celebrated ten years of Max and hoped for more than happiness for him.

I hope 2013 is a celebratory year for you and your kids, too.

What are you celebrating from this past year?

Photo: Yasmeen Anderson

12 comments:

  1. I'm celebrating a lot in Mattyland right now. We just got a call that his very first gait trainer funded at 100% when we were told that we were going to lose secondary insurance coverage. A couple of days later we got approval for a secondary insurance through our state. I cannot tell you enough how relieved and excited we were--especially since Matt needs new hearing aids and our primary doesn't cover them or speech therapy. Big party that day in our house!

    I hope that you and your family have a great a very happy new year.

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  2. Happy new year ellen ps I might b going to New York in 2013

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  3. I had two concerts this year. I play the flute. I have a speaking career with 6th graders and they love me!

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  4. HUGE accomplishments. I can feel you smiling from here. ALL THIS Progress, how I wish we could all know what was around the corner, as we lay in the dark at 3 a.m., our hearts pounding over the future.
    Go Beautiful Max! Go beautiful Max's Mom!

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    1. You have always been such a major Max cheerleader. I am sending you all sorts of good 2013 vibes!

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  5. Happy New Year! Can't wait to see what happens next in 2013!

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  6. This past year has been pretty good on this end, too. Lots of small victories and family togetherness! Here's to an even better next year for us all!

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    1. Felicia, wonderful to hear! A-men!

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  7. We celebrated the fact that 2.5 year old BabyMax WALKED... then he walked unassisted !!! (take that Drs), that he learned to sign a few words and even undress himself, and on the night before Christmas he started trying to feed himself.
    We hope 2013 will bring us verbal language...

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    1. YAYYYYYYY Baby Max!!!! I loved reading this!

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Thanks for sharing!