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Jessica Watson
Jessica Watson is a mom to five, four in her arms and one in her heart. After the loss of her infant daughter in 2007, Jessica left the corporate world behind, vowed to soak up every living moment and discovered her writing roots again. You can find her wearing her heart on her sleeve at her personal blog Four Plus an Angel, on Facebook and on Twitter\

Entries by Jessica Watson

Why I Don't Want My Kids to Forget They Were Preemies

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 4:28 PM

I don't have a photographic memory, but I can tell you exactly what I was doing on November 1st, from 2008 to probably 2012. My head was tilted to the side, probably leaning on some doorway, either in reflection or in search of a two-second nap, and I was watching...

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This Is Our Autism

(11) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 5:59 PM

Since the beginning of my life as an autism mom, I have been surrounded by versions of what people think autism is. Well-meaning onlookers have mentioned that my daughter doesn't count 5,000 items in 30 seconds like Rain Man, or memorize the name of every U.S. president like that one...

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Why We Chose a Pig for a Pet

(85) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:53 PM

We've had a pet -- seriously, really, a live one -- for over three weeks now. And she's still a live one. The house plant comparison is so not true, and OMG there are so many bacon jokes out there.

I am still not used to people saying "your pig...

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The Place Where You Belong

(9) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 4:01 PM

When I was 16 and pregnant and covering my stomach with men's sized t-shirts in hopes of avoiding second glances, a group of our old neighbors, women whose children I had grown up with, offered to give me a baby shower. I was embarrassed by the idea just as I...

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How One Community Changed Everything

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:07 PM

I took a risk and handed my phone to the teenager two rows in front of us. I wanted a better picture of the sign with her name on it.

"You know one of those kids?" the man standing next to me ask.

"I do. The one second from the...

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You Are Supermom and So Are You

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 12:49 PM

People always tell me my hands are full.

Persuading two 5-year-olds to stay close with a toddler on my hip and a teenager talking my other ear off as I weave through Target brings out these sorts of comments, I guess. But they kind of bug me.

Maybe because...

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Why I'm Finally Sharing My Struggle With An Eating Disorder

(50) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:00 PM

I started long after I knew better, past the age when my decisions could be chalked up to that invincible feeling that fades away as we get older.

Already a mother, I should have been setting a good example and following the very rules I was setting for my own...

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A Letter to My Daughter About Special Olympics

(11) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 3:42 PM

My daughter is 17, almost 18 now, and has been part of the Special Olympics for nearly 10 years. She has an amazing heart, an unbreakable spirit and autism. As I think about the Special Olympics organization and what being a part of it has done for us, there is...

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The Spirit in the Game

(25) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 11:40 AM

We knew by the time she was five.

I grew up in a family of ballet practice, splintered bleachers and high school soccer finals. Giving birth to the first grandchild in the family, my dreams naturally drifted towards years of the same. Whatever my daughter wanted to do she could...

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