My story :)

No real earthbreaking news here, but I thought I'd give everyone a little more detail about my life (there wasn't enough room in the description part when I signed up!). I am a mom to three boys. Lucas and Landen were both born with a mild/moderate bilateral hearing loss - which throws us in that "special needs" category. We are currently in the process of doing some genetic testing to see if we can pinpoint a reason as to why and hopefully help with any health issues down the line. Our middle child was born without a hearing loss, but has had his own uphill battle. When he was very young, he was sick every week. We battled and battled this, even seeing a pediatric infectious disease specialist and they had no answers. We finally got a referral to what I refer to as a "natural" doctor who simply told us to take him off dairy. We slowly integrated that, and I am beyond amazed at the results! He is like a different kid now. We still have some issues with his growth and his speech, but are working all of those out. As a result of his special diet - it has however meant that we all have removed dairy from our diets (I'm not cooking two different meals!), so we eat a heck of a lot different than most people and I have even been known to purchase some (gulp!) vegan cookbooks. I work outside the home for a local government and am married. My husband recently became a stay at home dad. We knew it was the best decision after our youngest was born - even with our special need just being hearing loss - it does take a lot of extra time/attention and we thought it was best to have one of us home to focus on that. So, with that change, we are also now living paycheck to paycheck trying to make ends meet. We are however loving the freedom it gives us. That's it, that's my life in a nutshell! So happy to be here and so happy to be able to share joys, frustrations and experiences with other moms!

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SarahDe Witt, Iowa
    07/09/14
    Hi Sarah, nice to meet you! Thank you for your story - was really please to know you better.
    Wish you good luck with genetic tests!
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    07/09/14
    Sarah
    Both boys have just a partial hearing loss, so they both wear hearing aids. Both had hearing aids before they were six months old. Our oldest is now 6 (soon to be 7) and he does wonderfully communication wise. He is verbal and reads lips a lot. He has shown an interest in sign language, but hasn't really gotten into that yet. Our youngest is just 8 months old, so we have no idea how that will turn out!
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    07/09/14
    Sarah
    And, he has had some weird feedback from being a stay at home dad, but it's mainly positive. I think I am the one that gets the most feedback about why I didn't stay home and let him stay home instead. Two words - health insurance! I have awesome coverage and his work offered something much less so we choose to keep the job with the good benefits.
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    About Sarah
    Born: De Witt, Iowa
    Current: De Witt, Iowa
    Birth: April 03
    On Moms.com since: Jul 5, 2014
    a mom of three wonderful boys. Our oldest and our youngest were both born with a hearing loss and our middle child has had his own series of health problems.
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