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Kaitlyn Ashley: Special Needs Parenting 101
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, August 06, 2008

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A little girl is a proud member of her family, even with living with disabilities.

I wish I could show you just how much our second youngest child, Kaitlyn Ashley, means to us.  She is definitely one of a kind.

My name is Colbie Colbert.  I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with my husband, Van, and our three children:  six-year-old Diamond Ruby, Kaitlyn Ashley (she's five), and one-month-old Granger Dalton.  My family is my world, my life.  I would do everything possible to ensure that my family has all they can need in life.

I am a housewife.  My husband, meanwhile, works.  He works for the city of Baton Rouge:  he's a sanitation worker.  Not the most glamorous of jobs, but it at least pays the bills.  Having a child with medical problems is hard, and we need all the money we can get in order to pay them off, keep Kaitlyn as healthy as possible.

Kaitlyn has Down syndrome, in addition to a heart murmur, astigmitism in both eyes, and a speech impediment.  Other than that, she's fairly healthy, as long as she doesn't get too overexcited.  Having a five year old, that is nearly next to impossible at times.  She's had a few heart surgeries in her life; she's no stranger to the world of hospitals, doctors, or needles.

It is always a hard time whenever Kaitie has to have surgery or go into the hospital; however, one of us stays with her while the other babysits her sister and brother.  It works out; that way, if she gets scared, one of us can be there, to comfort her, to ensure her that everything is going to be okay in the end.

It's funny when I introduce my kids to people because right now there's a little girl on "America's Got Talent" who shares the exact same name as my daughter.  Only her last name is different (Maher).  She's a little younger than my Kaitlyn Ashley, and she's quite a talented young singer.  I don't watch that show myself, but I've heard about her; she's making waves.  I'm sure it won't be long before she is a household name.

I tell people the name of my daughter, and they think she's the one who was on "AGT".  I tell them "wrong Kaitlyn; besides, my daughter can't carry a tune in a bucket!" LOL 

My daughter is tone-deaf! LOL

When she isn't ill or in the hospital, Kaitlyn loves to play with her animals, her kitty (she has a fat Persian cat as a pal that she's named "Squiggles"; he weighs about 27 pounds; he's huge!!), color, draw, learn to write her numbers and/or letters, and is learning how to read.  She is very smart for her age (sometimes too smart, I always like to say; she loves tormenting her older sister!! LOL); I am sure she will do well once she starts kindergarten in a few weeks.  It is going to be a huge adventure for her!!

Well, the baby is crying, so I'd best go.  I thought I'd write about our little family, in particular, my youngest daughter.  She is certainly something special; I feel blessed in knowing that I am her mommy! 

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Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/6/2008
Another good entry on the lifes of a special family.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 8/6/2008
You write beautifully Karen and keep us looking for more. Keep it up dear.

Newfie Hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/6/2008
Another warm wonderful story from your prolific pen Karen! Another family and names found for them all;-) I always wonder if you're going to run out of names and have to make them up;-) lol...
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 8/6/2008
Beautiful write, thank you for sharing
IN Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/6/2008

Both Kaitlyns are winners in my eyes. =] Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 8/6/2008
Carrying tones in a bucked...that's an idea if I decide to participate in one of those "Talent or no Talet, that's the question" I hope that limey Simon isn't there.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 8/6/2008
Blessed are those who love these very special little children of the world.

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