A to Z Challenge – Day 23 – W

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White…. As in white shoes!

When you have fine motor skill issues, something as simple as tying your shoes becomes problematic.

Add some global developmental delays (physical and mental) and tying shoes can be a huge challenge.

This is Emily’s reality!

Tying shoes is not a milestone she’s achieved yet and to be honest, it is not a milestone we are working towards either because we have found awesome shoes without shoe laces.

Emily has boots, flip flops (sandals), cute flat shoes and SKECHERS!!!

We love Skechers!  We love them so much and they are not paying me to say this, I doubt they even know we exist 😳

Skechers have opened-up a world of possibilities for Emily and given her her independence.

There shoes are stylish and comfortable and between Em and I, we have many pairs.

We picked those up in New York City!

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When her cheer club said she needed completely white shoes to compete, we confirmed that the shoe laces weren’t mandatory and went shopping online.

We found the perfect white shoes from Skechers and decided to look for them locally so Em could try them.

There isn’t a Skechers store here 😒 which is probably a good thing for our budget $$$.

The store who sells them didn’t have Emily’s size in stock, we had her try the same shoe in a different color, agreed that size 9 is still valid and we ordered the white ones to be delivered at home.

The shoes arrived timely and unfortunately dirty 😒

We went back to the store, showed them the shoes, agreed that this was unacceptable, returned the shoes and ordered and new pair. We even got a discount for the trouble.

This is where it gets funny!

I returned the shoes on either a Thursday or Friday. The new pair was delivered on Monday and it came from our local store…

Did you guess what happened yet?

We received the dirty shoes that we had returned!

My understanding of what happened is that they were not removed from inventory and when the warehouse got the order, it looks at the stores closer to us, saw a pair in inventory sent the request, someone at the store got the request and sent us the dirty shoes back.

Seriously, the exact same pair was shipped to us a second time.

The store manager was mortified.

I returned the shoes, again.

The store ordered 2 pairs from another store and called me as soon as they arrived. Emily tried them on, we picked the whitest of the 2 pair and finally had competition shoes!


4 trips to the mall… I should have ordered them online 😜

A to Z Challenge 2016 – Lessons from my Daughter (PR) #709

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A to Z Challenge – Day 22 – V

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Victory

Emily goes to a regular high school and follows her Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Because Emily goes to a school we chose and not to the one in our neighborhood, we have to drop her off and pick her up daily.Β  We’ve been doing this for 6 years now and we have one more to go.
One thing I really enjoy is our daily chit chat after school.Β  I ask Emily specific open-ended questions on her day and I get small details here and there.
I love this.
Having a conversation with Emily, my girl, the one who was never supposed to talk, understand us and show emotions.Β  The one with the rare diagnosis of Cri du Chat Syndrome.
I cherish those moments and today was no different but one of Emily’s answer made me “over the moon” happy!
I asked Emily what she did in culinary tech and she answered:
“I conquered my fear!”
Her smile was even more beautiful than usual!
I asked for more information and here is what I got!
Emily doesn’t want to use the oven but today, her Educational Assistant (EA) warmed-up the oven and put empty pans in it.Β  Emily had to open the oven and remove the pans.
She did it!
She won!Β  The victory is hers, she faced her fear and won!!!
This is huge for Emily and reminded me that she had another similar victory last week when she used the electric mixer.Β  Between the safety guidelines, the power, the noise and the vibrations, this wasn’t something Emily wanted to do but slowly, she did it!
My girl is awesome!

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”
Napoleon Bonaparte

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A to Z Challenge 2016 – Lessons from my Daughter (PR) #709

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We have a facebook page: If you want short updates and timely pictures of the little things that are happening in our life, please like and follow Lessons from my daughter‘s page.

You can also find me on Twitter at @plebrass

I am on Pinterest too: Lessons from my Daughter

Find more about about Cri du Chat syndrome at 5p- Society

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