Hello, I’m Gina Badalaty, owner of Embracing Imperfect. Did you ever meet those perfect mamas, you know, the one you thought you would be when you were 6 months pregnant and had a shelf full of books on babies and parenting?
I have, and guess what?
I’m nothing like them. I could say it started the day that I decided managing my kid’s autism was way more important that housekeeping, but that’d probably be a lie.
The fact is, we are all imperfect. God made us all that way. And no matter where your kids are at, you’re imperfect too.
And, if I can be fully honest with you, my kids’ disabilities have shown how truly far from perfect I am and how much closer children are to the Truth and the Light.
My journey to imperfection started when I had a stroke at age 33.
I learned during my first pregnancy, that I had a blood clotting disorder and thyroid issues. I was treated but the rest of the pregnancy was uneventful. Our baby was born with Mosaic Down syndrome and a hole her in her heart. We were again blessed and my little girl’s heart healed without surgery or medication.
I am a firm believer in the abilities of people with Down syndrome and an advocate for inclusion.
A few years later we got pregnant with our second daughter. Her CVS was clear and the pregnancy was even more uneventful, so thought nothing more about it.
But by the time she was nearly a year, I knew something was wrong. She didn’t sleep through the night and had some strange issues. She diagnosed with SPD at 2, and autism at age 3.
In 2008, no one knew much or had any hope about autism. When she was 3, we nearly lost her and learned the terrors of elopement. By age 5, she was STILL not sleeping through the night and our family was at it’s wit’s end.
When traditional therapies had little to no effect, and conventional doctors shrugged their shoulders, I decided to try removing dairy from my kids’ diet.
I am an autism warrior mama. Autism is medical and you can help kids with real food and alternative therapies.
Since then I’ve learned about MAPs doctors, alternative therapies, autism diets, GAPS Diet, Feingold Diet, allergy free cooking, real food benefits, gut bacteria, how to go green, detoxing your life, organic living, GMOs, real food cooking and, somehow, became a foodie.
I believe that detoxing your food, your home and your life can lead to real healing, better functioning brains and maybe even help you live longer.
YES, I’m a real food foodie!
But all THAT is tiring, even for this ex-New York City party girl. So I’m on a mission to help moms like me, who are raising kids with all kinds of disabilities, allergies and food sensitivities and negative behaviors eat their way to a better life – AND find time to take care of mom.
Because if mama ain’t happy…well, you know…
Things I’ve learning raising my kids?
- Trust your instincts.
- Leave no stone unturned. NOT A SINGLE STONE.
- Ask questions, a LOT of questions, and never take “no answer” for an answer. There is ALWAYS an answer.
- Take the terms “science” and “scholarly” with a grain of salt. Better yet, see if you can find a money trail motivating them. I do believe in science but I’ve seen corruption wreck what it has become today.
- Lean on your faith. You’ll need to; you WILL get more than you can handle.
- Take help when you can get it! Respite care, an offer for someone to watch your kids, your spouse cooking dinner. You never know when you’ll get that chance again – maybe next week, or maybe not for another 8 or 10 months. I’ve been down both roads!
- The heck with housekeeping. I prefer giving my kids the freedom to draw on my walls once in a while.
- Nutrition is EVERYTHING.
- Enjoy yourself and your kids when your demanding life allows for it. You need to and your kids need you to as well.
- And most importantly?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
We are here and we are strong: the autism and special needs mamas who are fighting for our kids’ healing. My mission is to help, encourage AND inspire other moms like us, especially if we are raising special needs children or children on special diets.
Things I’ll discuss on this blog include:
- gluten-free, casein-free, and lots of other junk-free products
- how to become organic / green / nontoxic if you’re not
- biomedical, natural and homeopathic healing for behaviors
- Down syndrome / Mosaic Down syndrome
- sensory processing disorder
- raising girls
- learning disabilities
- cultivating a strong marriage that supports you and your kids
- taking care of yourself
One caveat: since this blog is over 10 years old, you may find older posts or reviews or something that does not fit with my current outlook. To grow is to change, and that’s the result of “live and learn.” I’ve learned a LOT just in the past 3 years, and honestly, I barely resemble the woman I was just 2 years ago. Keep that in mind when you’re looking at older posts!
I’d love to hear more about you and how I can help you! Drop me email at ginabad (at) gmail (dot) com and let’s chat!