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Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed by Paul Austin

By Paul Austin

In 1987, Paul Austin and his spouse Sally have been newlyweds, enthusiastic about their destiny jointly and fortunately expecting the beginning in their first baby. He used to be a clinical scholar and he or she used to be a nurse. every thing replaced the instant the general practitioner rushed their boy or girl daughter from the room simply after her start, understanding immediately that anything was once mistaken. Sarah had almond-shaped eyes, a unmarried crease throughout her palm rather than 3, and low-set ears all of which recommended that the newborn had Down syndrome.

Beginning at the day Sarah is born and finishing while she is a tender grownup dwelling in a gaggle domestic, attractive Eyes is the tale of a father's trip towards reputation of a kid who's diversified. In a voice that's unflinchingly sincere and unerringly compassionate, Austin chronicles his lifestyles along with his daughter: observing her learn how to stroll and speak and shape her personal reviews, making judgements approximately her destiny, and navigating cultural assumptions and prejudices all of the whereas confronting, with poignancy and relocating candor, his personal boundaries as her father.

It is Sarah herself, who, in her personal coming of age and her personal reconciling along with her distinction, teaches her father to appreciate her. many times, she surprises him: appearing girl Gaga s "Poker Face" at a expertise express; explaining how the observe "retarded" is hurtful; reacting to the occasions of her existence with a mix of love, discomfort, and humor; and insisting on her personal humanity in a global that questions it. As Sarah starts to blossom into herself, her father learns to appear earlier his daughter's incapacity and notice her because the lively, warmhearted, and uniquely clever individual she is.

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Within months, parents from all over the world were emailing me their tips and discoveries. My in-box was flooded with smart ways to deal with diaper blowouts, leaky sippy cups, picky toddlers, and cluttered homes. A blog post would inspire discussion in the comments, which would lead to new posts and even more interesting conversation. An intelligent, generous community grew around my blog, and I found myself surrounded by parents who were inventive, kind, and unafraid to admit that, yeah, life with kids is complicated.

Wedge a pool noodle (or a tightly rolled-up towel) along the edge, between the mattress and the fitted sheet. The resulting bump is just enough of a barrier to keep your kid in bed through the night. ) #46 Make a custom-fitted blackout window shade from a vinyl tablecloth or black felt. If your kid leaps out of bed the moment a sliver of sunlight shows through the lined curtains, make your own blackout shades. Cut black felt or a vinyl tablecloth to match the size of the window, then use painter’s tape to attach it directly to the glass.

Flapped. I found my tribe online. I discovered blogs. At the time, blogs were new enough that finding them felt like stumbling into a secret world. Parents were taking to the Internet, writing their own stories in real time, unvarnished. I was dazzled. This was nothing like the stuff I’d read in parenting books and magazines. And by nature of the format, there was an important extra no book or magazine could offer: an invitation to respond. I immediately jumped in and started blogging. The comment section on my posts (and on other blogs) became my sounding board and my release valve, and readers and blog authors from around the country became my friends.

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