Author Archive | Sarah Rotert

Sea Life and LEGOLAND: two attractions, LOTS of fun!

Kansas City has a plethora of family-friendly venues; two such “staycation”-worthy spots are Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND, located at Crown Center in the heart of Kansas City. I was so excited to have the opportunity to take my kids to both of these places for the first time this summer! Now, I will confess that […]

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Losing It

Pregnancy physically changes a mother’s body: changes that are beautiful, but in my experience, hard to embrace when you already struggle with your frame. I once received a comment from a young woman before she entered motherhood, afraid of what pregnancy would do to her 5’4″, 120 pound body: “you’ve always been big, so getting bigger during pregnancy obviously […]

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Mind Your Marriage

“We’re going to a marriage seminar.” That was my reason for not participating in a sprint triathlon this past February. While the indoor sprint triathlon was something I would have liked to do, the marriage seminar (organized through our local Down syndrome guild) is an event that my husband and I covet every year; we […]

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Advocating for Your Child

(Note: The following tips are based only on my personal experiences; not all states and/or school districts operate in this way.) When you realize that your parenting journey is different than you imagined it would be, it can cause a great deal of stress. Questions about your child’s progress and reports of progress, regular meetings, […]

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Preparing for a Sleep Study

Having children changed me in many of the same ways that motherhood has changed you; things which used to be a high priority (like a daily shower) seemed to find a lower priority level when parenting tasks took precedent. Contrary to the myth that parenting a child with special needs takes a special parent, I […]

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Sanity in Sickness

I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the certainties of life, the fact that you have children also means that you will experience sick children. Some years will be better than others; during those years, count your blessings. (To be fair, it is beneficial to count your blessings in the “bad years,” as well.) During the […]

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A Mom’s Road Trip Survival Guide

Sometimes I feel like motherhood is one ongoing “to do” list. I try not to focus on those pesky things that make me feel overwhelmed, but during the holiday season – and especially when traveling with kids – I feel like that “to do” list is the only thing keeping me sane. My husband and […]

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Categorical Changes

(Note: This is the second post in our series dedicated to Prematurity Awareness Day; to read the other posts in this series, click here.) During our routine twenty-week sonogram with our first pregnancy, we learned that we were expecting twins. This revelation meant the end of a “normal” and the beginning of a “high risk” pregnancy which […]

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Back to School, Again …

While August is long gone and the excitement of the first day of school is over for traditional students, I am preparing for my second week of class. Going back to school was something I once imagined would mean returning to earn a master’s degree; perhaps in some distant day, it WILL mean that … but […]

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Therapeutic Riding

It’s Horse Day! Known as Thursday by the general population, Horse Day is probably my girls’ favorite day of the week. The girls started therapeutic horseback riding (THR) in June, 2012. They ride most of the year, totaling about nine months with breaks during the extreme heat and winter season. THR was something that started […]

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Bridging Communities

Tomorrow – Friday, September 20th at 2 PM – the first Kansas City-area Missouri River bike and pedestrian crossing will be renamed and dedicated to Bob Watts. The Bob Watts Memorial Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge was officially (legislatively) passed in July, 2012 after collecting signatures for a petition and testimonies were given before the transportation […]

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Stress-Busters

We all have stress; that’s no surprise to anyone. But I think it’s fair to say we’ve been surprised by how some people respond to stress. Have you ever been faced with a stressful situation and had one of these things happen to you: 1. you responded with a blank stare, deciding it was best […]

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