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Catherine

I'm Catherine, the author of Reuben Jack & Callum Andreas. Reuben was born with CHARGE Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder affecting 1 in 10,000 births. This is the story of the challenges I as their mother faced in conceiving after 6 years of infertility, surgery and IVF, the miraculous story... Full Bio
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"It smells so heavenly!" "Oh how ... by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health "It smells so heavenly!" "Oh how my toes curl with excitement as they hang down underneath the highchair" "a huge wipe of m ... Read on »
$2,750 raised by the boys for Children's Hospital LA by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health a family affair I like how Martin looking round brings our supporters into the shot Jason, Sanjay & Martin our motto Angela Ch ... Read on »
12 July 07 by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Some days just stick in your memory. 12 July marks the date when we rushed Reuben to Children's after a very sick night, the pneumonia escalating so fast, safely shepherded ... Read on »
1st birthday by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health What sweetness in your face What loveliness in your eyes What love we share What hope you bring What beauty there resides. Your funny smile Your mischievou ... Read on »
1st birthday book by Catherine 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health I'm remembering back in August last year when we were looking for hope just at a time when doubt was being cast as to whether Reuben's heart could be operated on, and in our ... Read on »
1st birthday in the park by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health The pianist http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferwolf/sets/72157604885543042/ or visit Jennifer at http://www.babymamaphotography.com/ Click the above ... Read on »
2 years and 6 (month by month) by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Huge milestones this month: Reuben is 2 years old and Callum is 6 months. Miraculous Reuben you: Sign with your whole heart and soul, sweeping your hand above yo ... Read on »
20 August: From open heart to 36 steps by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health There are dates etched in my mind, like the 20th of August. Looking at Reuben today, I look back from whence he came, marvel at how far he's come. PT Carrie is just leaving ... Read on »
21 and 3 by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Our darling Reuben, at 21 months you: have come of age weigh 26lbs have an expressive language of about 150 signs take 8 independent steps and walk ... Read on »
22 and 4 by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Our gorgeous Reuben, at 22 months you now: Have a brilliant memory, signing all 26 words from Apple to Zebra without prompt Have an expressive vocabu ... Read on »
23 and 5 (month by month) by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Sweet Reuben you: Smell so sweet, it's intoxicatting Hug me so tight, I am overwhelmed with a warm feeling that floods through me, shouting "love" Can sign the ... Read on »
24 lbs on which my heart lingers by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health What shall I say to you, darling On the eve before you're one What can I say of you, Cali Of my love for you, my dear son. I'll say you've li ... Read on »
24 lbs on which my heart lingers by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health What shall I say to you, darling On the eve before you're one What can I say of you, Cali Of my love for you, my dear son. I'll say you've ligh ... Read on »
25 and 7, month by month by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Big boy Reuben, at 25 months (2nd) you: Can count to 22 in ASL apart from 21 which Mama keeps forgetting how to do Have an ever developing and rich ASL expressive vo ... Read on »
26 and 8, month by month by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health "Mama, mama, mama". This is Reuben talking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His first ever word, just absolutely extraordinary after no vocalisation for 2 years and fo ... Read on »
27 and 9, month by month by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health Generous Reuben, at 27 months you: Enjoy washing your hands, turning on the water, pumping the soap, drying your hands, the latter you find terribly funny Love to si ... Read on »
29 and 11 by Catherine Posted in: Blog Posts in Children's Health My oh my, my boys are growing so fast....and for once I want to do this post at the stroke of midnight as Callum turns 11 months. * Wildly curly haired Reu ... Read on »