If it isn't pink, what's the point?

If it isn't pink, what's the point?
My Buggy!

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Cariana Szatkowski


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fwd: Selena * Spread the word to END the word,

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From: "Cariana Szatkowski" <>
Date: Oct 24, 2011 9:59 PM
Subject: Selena * Spread the word to END the word,
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For you that don't have Facebook or don't check it that often... this was my newest post. (Insert cheeky Selena grin here)
"For all of the people that questioned and STILL wonder why we adopted our daughter... This PSA is for you.  Be bigger than the world around you. 
My daughter is not defined by the R word, she is Differently abled. When you use the R word, you are making your world smaller and the people around you more powerful!
Love all of our supporters, you K.N.O.W who you are.  HEART FINGERS! Help us spread the word to end the word!

Cariana Szatkowski
Special Needs Mom & Advocate

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Some of Selena's adoption photos-love Cariana and Steve

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Galveston Part II

Leaving at 2 am for an 8 am appt. w/ Dr. Yngve, taking the whole family this time. Daddy and I will switch off driving so that we won't be so tired. Alot has happened since I posted last. I knew I wouldn't blog everyday but at least I got the blogsite started. :)

Snacks packed, size 5 and 6 diapers, a million wipes, snacks, feeding bags, juice, syringes, meds, extra clothes, chuck pads, blankies, 5 different varieties of ELMO (yes, 5) DVD, batteries for every toy, 20 toys at least, fruit snacks for bribery and LB's Hulk hand. I think I got it all. It sure seems like so many things just for one day on the road. I guess more is better with kiddos.

We had to completely cover the thumb and the pointer finger of Lena's wrist splint in hot glue so that she can't bite her hand. She amazingly has bitten a hole in the thumb and a hole in the pointer plus it looks like a tiny Pit Bull has attacked it in various places. She is something else, dramatic! MDCP RN came by yesterday and reviewed our hours for nursing care. We will find out if we have gotten them reduced or not in a couple of weeks. I would assume since she has not had any medical changes in the past year that the hours would stay the same but who knows with all the new changes in Healthcare. I don't even want to get started on the subject of Healthcare for these kids. By the way, we still cannot get her incontinence supplies covered... Children's Hospital's Foster Care Dr. said that there is no ICD 9 code for Spastic Quadraplegia on her listing for Star Health (Foster care insurance) so, she cannot sign that LB needs the diapers etc... HELLO? Are you kidding me? I have called the caseworkers for CPS, StarHealth and various other entities that are involved and have come up w/ "Bruce" telling me to make a complaint with the Insurance company. Oh boy. Will update soon as more info comes available.

We lost a very dear friend, Molly Hill age 1. I am heartbroken and sad that she leaves behind so many loving friends (and her dear family) that she had touched in the short life she shared with us. In the same breath, I am happy for her that she is running, jumping, skipping, rolling in the grass, licking lollipops and eating everything in sight in perfect health, completely whole with her creator.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My new seeds

LB is off to school this morning in her cute little circle dots tutu w/ matching shirt and bow. Of course, I had to wrap her leg casts in pink today so that they'd match and paint her toes. Lindsay wants her to go to school without a Nurse, which I am contemplating at the moment. It seems that she spends a large amount of her time with LB during the day anyways and the Nurse just may end up being a distraction for LB to bond with L. I get that, I just need to see how it goes for a couple of days.

No appts today, which is nice. Luke and I will probably cuddle on the couch for a bit until I have to start unloading the washer and house junk. Luke is really good about getting the mop or broom and helping. HE doesn't know this but he will soon be groomed to clean the pool for me. HA! HE is such a great helper. Last night he wanted in LB's bed with her while I was putting her to sleep. He laid there with her and rubbed her belly and then would out of nowhere swat at her like siblings do. He was rather upset when I put him in his own bed not understanding that sissy can give him a concussion in the middle of the night w/ those casts on!

I planted my Sweet Williams, Phlox and Snow in Summers and Luke and I are waiting for them to sprout so that we can plant them in the ground. He is my son, he loves the yard! I hear something being thrown across his room... ode to the next posting session!

I am excited for a great day, lots of rain and my son calling everything in the house "ELLLLMO"!

Thanks God for the beautiful day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Super Moms!

1) Because we never thought that "doing it all" would mean doing this much. But we do do it all -- and then some.

2) Because we've discovered patience we never knew we had.

3) Because we are willing to do something 10 times, 100 times or 1,000 times if that's what it takes for our kids to learn something new.

4) Because we have heard doctors tell us the worst, and we've refused to believe them. Take THAT, naysaying doctors of the world!

5) Because we have bad days and breakdowns and bawl-fests, and then we pick ourselves up and keep right on going.

6) Because we gracefully handle the stares, the comments, the rude remarks. (Well, mostly gracefully.)

7) Because we manage to get ourselves together and get out the door looking pretty damn good. Heck, we even make sweatpants look good!

8) Because we are strong. Man, are we strong. Who knew we could be this strong?

9) Because we aren't just moms, wives, cooks, cleaners, chauffeurs and women who work. We are moms, wives, cooks, cleaners, chauffeurs, women who work, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, researchers, nurses, coaches and cheerleaders. Whew!

10) Because we work overtime every single day.

11) Because we also worry overtime, but we work it through. Or we eat chocolate or Pirate's Booty or gourmet cheese (which aren't reimbursable by insurance as mental-health necessities, but should be).

12) Because we are more selfless than other moms. Our kids need us more.

13) Because we give our kids with special needs endless love, and then we still have so much love left for our other kids, our husbands, our families. And our hairstylists, of course.

14) Because we inspire one another in this crazy blogosphere every single day.

15) Because we understand our kids better than anyone else -- even if they can't talk; even if they can't gesture; even if they can't look us in the eye. We know. We just know.

16) Because we never stop pushing for our kids.

17) Because we never stop hoping for them, either.

18) Because just when it seems like things are going OK, they're suddenly not OK, but we deal. Somehow, we always deal -- even when it seems like our heads or hearts might explode.

19) Because when we look at our kids, we just see great kids -- not kids with cerebral palsy/autism/Down syndrome/developmental delays/whatever.

20) Because ... well, alot of family and friends have "fallen off the boat" since we have made this venture but we throw some of them life vests and hope the others can swim really fast!

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