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Brittney Baumgartner

My name is Brittney, and I love to write about motherhood. All the way from runny noses to neurosurgeon appointments!

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Tackling Constipation in Spina Bifida - Raising children with Disabilities

Constipation. No one likes to talk about it, but if we ever find our self dealing…

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Travelling Trouble with Children with Disabilities

Diapers? Check! Baby food?  Check! KAFO braces? Check! Constipation medication? …

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What Happens When You Get a Diagnosis for your Child? - Raising Children with Disabilities

No one really expects it, but in the back of your head you know there is always a…

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Sometimes My Son is the Biggest and Bravest of Us All - Raising Children with Disabilties

Sharing Oliver's journey with family and friends has been humbling and enjoyable…

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It’s OK Not to Understand Raising a Child With Special Needs, Just Listening is Enough

Before Oliver's diagnosis of spina bifida, Aaron and I had only heard of the…

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A Simple Recipe for a Sensory Snack - Raising Children with Disabilities

Prematurity is a long, tough road. Kind of contradictory, considering being premature…

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“Did You Take Your Folic Acid?” - Raising Children with Special Needs

Let me ask you, when you received your child's diagnosis, did you go beyond that?

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Oliver’s Spina Bifida Milestones - Raising Children with Disabilities

Oliver and I are soon to head down the KAFO's alley. Oliver, who was diagnosed…

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Am I Sheltering My Son Too Much? - Raising Children with Disabilities

One thing I found beneficial, before Oliver was even born, was support groups. …

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“It’s great to see your child’s progress, but it hurts too”

With social media now, it is so easy to be in-tuned with the life of your friends…

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To My Superhero for Father’s Day

To my Superhero: You may not wear a cape or really, really cool masks, but you fly…

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Insurance Wars: Disability Parenting

When I was pregnant with Oliver, I remember being at by OBGYN's office setting…

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Is this Teething? Or a Shunt Failure?

We recently spent hours in the ER when Oliver was acting off of his usual self. …

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“I’m Not Scared of Having Another Child with Spina Bifida”

The unavoidable question that is asked, sometimes even months after you just gave…

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Life in the NICU

As I approach the one year anniversary since Oliver has left the Neonatal Intensive…

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Solving the back-to-work dilemma

When we received Oliver's diagnosis, I had no idea that I was also receiving…

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Here’s my secret weapon for surviving long hospital visits…

Oliver has had countless tests throughout his life so far. For every test, we always…

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Help! New teeth bring a new problem

Oliver's two bottom teeth that have just sprouted. We are very excited to say…

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Surprising foods that could trigger your child’s latex allergy

Not really, but hey a mother can dream! As soon as Oliver escaped the womb ten weeks…

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Special needs parenting: getting to grips with therapy

As soon as Oliver was born, ten weeks early at that, Aaron and I started therapy…

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Special needs parenting: Meet the Hinkleys!

I just wanted to introduce myself, Brittney, and my wonderful family!  I always…

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Spina Bifida or Not, We’re Shooting for the Moon

The day of and after we received Oliver’s diagnosis was the hardest day of…

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Special Needs Family Camping: Camp John Marc

For this blog post, I wanted to write and brag about a certain camp we attended this…

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Raising kids with special needs: Working moms V Stay at home moms

We usually see the arguments on mommy groups or see it referenced in commercials…

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