Monday, September 20, 2010

September is special

It's a very special issue this month for Baby Magazine. For our cover, we have super-adorable 19-month-old Juan Aristeo Paz--Tio for short--smiling between his mother's legs. To read more about the shoot (and some behind-the-scenes photos!), visit Sunnyday's blog. We all have a lot to learn from these special little ones and their families!

Lots of meaty reads in this issue to help not only parents of children with special needs, but every parent or parent-to-be as well. From pick-me-uppers during some gloomy pregnancy days to knowing what to expect on the 9th month of pregnancy, and from info on Down Syndrome, Autism, & ADHD to making your home a haven for reading, there are so many things to learn!

I especially loved reading the stories of Dr. Beatriz Paz (the mommy of Tio) and Dr. Bambi Ronquillo, whose daughter Brianna, at 6 years old, got a Cochlear implant, enabling her to finally hear! Now Brianna is a sporty 12-year-old (badminton and swimming) and is eager to teach little kids to sign and talk when she grows up. How's that for empowerment? :-)

When I hear the words "quality of life" being tossed around in debates concerning "pro-choice" propositions, I always wonder why some big intellectual folks forget that human beings are resilient; they fail to take into account that, in the face of difficulties, we humans are designed to make new ways to reach our goals, which is why Team Hoyt still runs and Christopher Reeve was deemed a real-life superman. And you don't even have to look that far to come to that conclusion. Just read the stories in the magazine :-)

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Quick reaction

I'm finding less time to blog nowadays because there is so much to be done. But two mottoes have been keeping me going and so I keep going.

Here's a quick reaction to something about the abandoned baby story I read on the paper today, written by Rina Jimenez-David ("The boy in the plane," At Large, Opinion, Inquirer, Sept 14, 2010). She writes:

"Although to tell the truth, I'm dying to find out who the mother is and know not only how she managed to pull off the feat, but also her reasons for doing so. She must be one gutsy--or terribly desperate--woman. Giving up one's baby, through abandonment, adoption or even abortion, is never an easy or casual decision, and one can only imagine the lengths to which the mother wrestled with her conscience before taking this step."

Oh, so now it's gutsy to choose the easy way out? And it's a victory of sorts to overcome your conscience and take the I-don't-want-this-burden route? Let me get this straight: The conscience is there to wrest with you? I'm sorry, I thought it was there to guide you.

Ok, end of quick reaction. I said it was gonna be quick.