Avery's Advocate

Name: Amy Nixon
Children: Daughter, 3
Work: editor of metroparent west magazine, 30West magazine, specialty publications and design editor at Lake Country Publications
Favorite part of being a mom: Snuggle time is the best part of my day!
Least favorite part of being a mom: Accepting the fact that my house is never really going to be neat and tidy again.
Little known fact: I've been almost 6 feet tall since the 5th grade.

Some things will never change

moms, multi-tasking, stress, talking

I was listening to the radio this morning, and the DJs were talking about the things about women that will never change.

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Do unto others

special needs, parenting, tantrums

My mother always taught me to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

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Singing machine

Music, special needs

Ever since Avery was a baby, she's loved to sing. She's always responded to music. When she was little, I'd rock her and sing to her, and she'd quiet down. When she started babbling, her ooo's and ah's sounded a lot like singing to me. And as soon as she could stand, she started reaching for the keys of the piano in our living room.

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Dealing with different

I thought I would have a bit more time before other kids started noticing Avery was different. 

I guess I've always thought that of everyone in this world, kids are the most forgiving. They are the most kind. They haven't yet been corrupted by the unfortunate prejudices of this world.
But now that I think about it, my line of reasoning is a bit naive. I mean, I know that kids have zero filter, that they speak their minds no matter what.
Like the time I was a teenager babysitting for my little cousin who couldn't stop pointing out all the blemishes on my face with his repeated question: What's that? Or the time that Avery saw a relative who just happens to be one of the most gorgeous girls ever, but was wearing her hair up in a hat and Avery loudly said "Boy!" as she pointed at the poor girl.
Although they are innocent and mean no harm, kids do, in fact, state the obvious. They are always watching, always learning, always curious. They are aware of a lot more than we often give them credit for.
So, I should have been more prepared for this past weekend, when a couple of little girls politely asked my husband why Avery wasn't talking to them. I should have been, but I wasn't. And even as I am blogging about this, the thought of it brings tears to my eyes.

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I'm officially "THAT mother"

special needs; doctors; moms

Self-reflection is a funny thing. 

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