May 8, 2019
Last Sunday Tess had a big day.
Picture it. You're at the dentist. The dentist says things like open wide. And you open your mouth. Except. If you don't understand simple commands like that. Then, it's a whole different ballgame.
We spent a full morning of walking around in the pouring rain with Tess. Something we do annually, each spring.
Super exciting news from France. And also from our driveway.
I was lucky enough to have some uninterrupted time with Tess recently. She showed me one of her favorite places.
A lunch table on a lazy Saturday. A plate of food. The occasional clink of a fork as we feed Miss Tess. And then, jackpot.
In a way, this year’s NCAA tournament surprised me more than ever.
An ill-advised purchase. A snack. And some unfortunate consequences.
We've had a rough couple of days for our girl. Simply put, Tess is not her usual happy self.
A bird falls from the sky. We try to solve a mystery about Tess. And we use a tool made by a mom, hoping for a day when those mysteries are behind us.
Part 2 of Vacation Tess. About our girl's reaction to something that happened to me. And about the future.
Traditionally, we pay a heavy price when Tess is on vacation. She loves school! So we're lucky. But sometimes we're in a world of pain when she can't go to school. Is that how it would go this time? Let me tell ya about February break.
Someone is able to get Tess to do stuff. Stuff we can't always get her to do.
Laugh it up, fuzzball.
A key piece of advice, meant for people on a scavenger hunt.
A story finally gets published. We've been waiting for what feels like forever. But that isn't even the biggest event in our household this week.
In the past two months or so, our girl seems to need more input.
Sitting down with Tess's brother Dana, for some unvarnished truth.
This episode makes four years of this podcast. Have you heard ‘em all?
Tess stays up late and goes to a party.
Stories of our voyages all across the land with our Tess.
Stories about great people, the ones who’ve spoken up for Tess.
It takes a spillage. I'm gonna go get a broom.
Solo parenting, shopping with Tess, and why you can't babysit your own kids.
Star Wars music and a big surprise from Tess.
The top 3 things I’m thankful for this year.
Working on USP7 is gonna require some super-intelligent solutions. And I went on a trip to find them.
We can't be certain whether Tess knows it's her birthday. But she sure can tell when a fuss is being made of her.
The honeydew list explodes beyond belief. And it all goes back to the most realistic scene in The Incredibles.
Like Ren in Footloose, someone takes the reins.
Five years ago, Bo Bigelow quit his law job to stay home with his kids. Turns out his daughter Tess has special needs. She is almost entirely nonverbal and is only just beginning to walk at nearly age 6. She just started kindergarten, but functions at the level of a 1.5-year old. She's different. And now, so is everything else.
Follow their family's journey as they navigate Tess's relationship with her older brother, deal with school and special education, and try to solve the genetic mystery of Tess's ultra-rare disease.