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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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The ups and downs of the second pregnancy

When Aaron and I had announced that we were expecting another baby together after…

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Finally . . . A diagnosis to cross off our list

Good news for the Hinkley household... We can finally cross one diagnosis off our…

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Spina Bifida ‘Higher Risk’ doesn’t scare us!

Update, update, read all about it! 

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First wheelchair equals independence for my child with special needs

The inevitable has now hit the Hinkley residence. We have officially begun the procedure…

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New Year’s resolutions from a special needs parent

New Year’s resolutions used to be weight loss, less junk food, and other personal…

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Raising kids with special needs: Fighting the battle

As a parent to a cute, loving little boy with special needs I understand all the…

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A Month of Special Needs Parenting

If you have kept up with our blogs about Oliver, than you know what a busy month…

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When Social Media Becomes Too Much… - Raising a child with a Disability

Before social media, we usually called, sent a text, letter or even an email to the…

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Thank You for Seeing My Son for Him

When Oliver was diagnosed with spina bifida, Aaron and I knew that we would soon…

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Just Brace Bumps or Something Sinister? - Raising a Child with Special Needs

16 months in, and I can not help but look back at the previous year and a half.

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Thank You For Being the Best Big Brother - Raising Children with Disabilities

From the day I met you, I knew you had an enormous amount of strength. You introduced…

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“It’s Okay, You Can Ask” - Raising Children with Disabilities

As my son gets around in his wheelchair, I can see you looking. I even catch you…

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How I Teach my Son to be Independent - Raising Children with Disabilities

How do I teach my son to be independent when he's so dependent on me?  Although…

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The Doctor Said My Choices were Abortion or A Child with No Quality of Life. He Was Very Wrong.

When your child receives a diagnosis, you first find yourself in a dark hole. I refused…

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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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