Reflecting on lockdown with a high and complex needs child

On Tuesday as New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1, I dropped Mitchell off at school for the first time since lockdown began in March. He has been home for 12 weeks – without school and without anytime at Wilson Centre for respite. Plus, as you have been reading we have been very short of … More Reflecting on lockdown with a high and complex needs child

What is an Omphalocele?

Omphalocele/ˈɒmfələʊˌsiːl/ noun MEDICINE a hernia in which abdominal organs protrude into a baby’s umbilical cord. Today is Omphalocele Awareness Day. Yes, there is such a thing! I am talking about it today, because an “Omphalocele” made up part of the full disorder called Pentalogy of Cantrell, that our son Mitchell has. Chances are that you … More What is an Omphalocele?

Outdoor time

It’s been pretty bleak around here with a lot of rain, which makes me a little less inspired to go outdoors. But, one thing Mitchell and I surely have in common is the love of fresh air. A couple of weekends ago, Phil, Mitch and I headed to a local park and in between the … More Outdoor time