Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Special Needs Family's New Year's Resolutions

I'm sure that many families with members with special needs can relate: we don't make the same resolutions that most families do.  No, ours are just a little different. 

The Special Needs Family's Resolutions (aka: dreams...)

1. Re-toilet-train our son (third time's a charm?)

2.  Teach our son to sleep through the night (one can dream... but not while we're awake!)

3. Get son to eat some form of solids without vomiting (it will raise the food budget but cut down on the bleach and lysol!)

4. Find a combination of overnight diapering that will keep us from changing sheets in the morning (this is a health goal for the parents- to keep our backs from going out from crawling around on bunk beds daily!)

5. Re-toilet-train our son (Ok, he was only BM trained before, but this time, we're going ALL. THE. WAY.  But really, I'd take even BM trained again...)

6. One FULL WEEK, that's 7 continuous days, without any vomit.  (Reflux counts as vomit in this!)

7.  Find, Create, Beg, or Borrow a device that will keep our wanderer connected to our side.  10' radius.  No harm to said child, and no parent leashes.  (Ok, this is a resolution for YOU, help me out here, ok?)

8. Teach our daughter to eat One. Bite. At. A. Time.   And chew.  With her lips closed.  (C'mon moms... can I hear an "AMEN!?")

9. Housebreak a monkey.  Train it to sit, stay, heel, and play.  Then train it to find glasses.  And wash them.  And to find shoes.  And put them away.  Again.  And again. And again.  Then, teach it to climb higher than our kids can.  So he can get away.  (I think this may be the most realistic resolution on here...)

10. Re-toilet-train our son (what? I've already said that? Well, This is the list that we dream BIG on for the next year, right?)


  1. LOL, Meredith! I think you're stuck being the monkey in #9. :)

  2. Meredith I'm following closely on all these!! Please post progress and ideas toward progress. I'll do the same with my gypsy wandering toe headed diaper wearing sweet boy too. Much love!

  3. Resolutions & dreams are prayer points for those of us who follow your wonderful family: thanks for posting these. I'll also be on the look out for that special monkey.