Name: Amanda Booth
5 words that describe your "job": Mom, Actress, Model, nurturer, emotional sap.
Where do you live? Los Angeles
Your son's name and age: Micah Quinones, he turns 3 on July 30th!
What’s the one thing you wish people knew about Micah? I wish everyone knew the feeling you get when you’re in a room with him, and he looks into your eyes with his big smile on his face. His smile is so deep, and genuine. His gaze is so connected. When you get the combo, it’s like a massive explosion in your heart.
How does Micah inspire you? Since day one, Micah has inspired me to never give up. I witness him be faced with challenges every day, and I watch him analyze the challenge and accept it. He didn’t give up when it was painful for him to crawl. He would cry trying to get on all fours. He cried because he was scared, and he would cry because it was literally more challenging on his muscles. He could cry through it and keep trying. Most things I choose in life are a bit challenging and require a lot of grit. I can’t give up, not when I see Micah's determination. I know I must prevail so he can keep trying with the same intensity for the rest of his life. He needs that example.
"Most things I choose in life are a bit challenging and require a lot of grit. I can’t give up, not when I see Micah's determination. I know I must prevail so he can keep trying with the same intensity for the rest of his life. He needs that example."
What is one activity your whole family loves to do together + why? We all really love the beach. Both my husband and I love surfing. We love physical challenges and surfing is the best way to gain mental clarity, connectedness, and a good work out all in one! Micah really loves the water too, and being a water baby myself, I think we really gain a lot of energy from being by the ocean. The goal is to get Micah out there in a few years...
How do you survive a tough day of parenting? Friends. Wine. Typical, ‘ey? Seriously though, without community and people to bounce your feelings off of, a little help, and some advice….it would be impossible. A simple “I totally get it” really can carry you so far!
What is the one thing in your play space Micah can't live without? I honestly don’t think that he has really gravitated toward anything. He’s never had a lovey, or stuffed animal that he couldn’t get by with out. I deeply dislike emotional connection to things, maybe he just takes after me! Truly though, access to the snack cabinet I would say. He really loves to eat!
What's the one thing you can't leave home without when you are out with Micah? Snacks! I’m not kidding, he is eating most hours of the day… He is a snack KING! He had surgery recently and had to go under general anesthesia. When he was waking up from that, he was delirious and very emotional. I could not console him, nor could dad. We went to the vending machines and found the dried snap pea snack (that he LOVES) and he stopped crying and came to immediately. He at the whole bag.
Micah's favorite toy and comfort item at the moment? He is really into his piggy bank toy that you put coins into. He loves cause and effect still, and I think he likes watching them disappear into the pig. We are also really working on fine motor skills too, and he gets a lot of praise with it. He loves attention and he gets a lot of it with toys like that. He’s also still really into the bottle. We have recently been trying to transition him to a cup, and he really seeks comfort from the boob.
Micah's favorite educational app? Our friend showed us an app called Endless Reader. He isn’t using it correctly just yet, or at least he still needs guidance - but he really loves it! It's a game where you drag the letters to spell, into the correct spaces. It's colorful and makes fun sounds, it’s a winning situation for Micah.
Clothing item Micah would wear every single day if he could? His Summer and Storm amber necklace, that he does wear, every single day. It’s sort of become his staple. We have a few different ones that we rotate through. He holds onto it, he chews on it (they’re individually beaded, so if one comes loose the whole thing does not unravel). I’m not sure if they “work” and we are frequently asked. But I do know that he likes to wear it, and I love seeing him in a little necklace with his soft long locks of hair…
They are the first three families that I found and connected with about having a child with Down Syndrome. They all seem to approach that, just as we do, which is just life. Carrying on through all the paces, like you would no matter what.
What is the last thing you purchased for yourself that made you really happy? My communion by joy necklace! I don’t really buy things, ever. This is a Joan the Warrior necklace, and It does mean something to me. It’s also beautifully crafted. Allowing myself to buy it, meant a lot, and I love looking at it every day.
What advice would you give to a (new) special needs mom? You’re not alone. And when you feel alone, because you just see your friends with typical kids, you’re not. There’s an entire community of people out there to connect with, even from just afar. And not having the ability to take a day for granted is a true gift...you’ll embrace that some days and others will just feel harder because of it. Feeling both those ways is okay.
"When you feel alone, because you just see your friends with typical kids, you’re not. There’s an entire community of people out there to connect with, even from just afar."
What quote do you live by? "I’d rather have tea and biscuits and be happy, than steak and potatoes and be miserable.” My Grandpa used to say that all the time and I have “tea” and “biscuits” tattooed on my legs.