Saturday, October 1, 2011

Down syndrome awareness month

First of all, thank you for your many sweet comments on my last post. I write for me- not for the comments, but every now and then it is nice to know that people are out there and that perhaps I am making some small difference in the world. So thank you for the heartwarming notes. This tired momma's heart was encouraged as a result.

This month, I want to focus on raising awareness for Down syndrome by blogging every day. October is not only the time to drink awesome pumpkin drinks and consume caramel drizzled apple desserts, but it is also Down syndrome awareness month.

At first I scoffed at the thought of blogging every day- impossible to do with a toddler and a newborn, but after reading all of the other awesome 31 for 21 blog posts and feeling that sense of community that I always do with my fellow Down syndrome mom bloggers- I want to be a part of this too!

So here I am. My first post.

In all honesty, I spend very little time contemplating Down syndrome these days. My hands are so full with loving little babies that the "what if" scenarios are farther away than they've ever been.

After all, today Addison
1. Conquered isolating a full coffee cup, dived in, soaked up most of the coffee into her beautiful white tights and then dragged herself and said tights all around the house, leaving sticky bits of goodness everywhere a bare foot might find it.

2. Pushed my laptop onto the floor from the music stand it was resting on while watching Signing Time in her crib. I think she was attempting to push play since it had stopped on the menu screen too long for her patient self. The result was a VERY loud crash and a sad computer lying on the floor.

3. Opened the basement door with her skillful little fingers, stared longingly down the stairs of doom and barely was prevented from hurtling her chubby body down them.

4. Attempted to choke on several grape pieces...and earplugs (we're still missing 1 earplug...did she swallow it?)

5. Untied the bumper pads on Carter's crib

And today Carter:
1. Slept
2. Pooped
3. Threw up
4. Ate
(over and over and over again)

Is it any wonder that I don't have any extra time to sit around thinking about Down syndrome?

But it is a very real part of my life, and I will dedicate this next month of blogging every day to help bring awareness to what it's like to have a daughter with that label. (if you consult the above list, you will notice that it's probably not that different than any other almost two year old...More alike than different?)

Here goes. (this might include some short posts...a picture here...a video there...but posts nonetheless)

Happy Down syndrome awareness month!


  1. Oh boy, this is gonna be GREAT! Something to look forward to EVERY day!!

  2. I'm thrilled. I read your blog very regularly -- I tested at higher risk for Down's and I am currently pregnant. We opted not to have an amnio for fear of miscarriage so we'll find out in a month or so when she's born.

    I'm learning about Down's and remembering what it's like to have a newborn.

    Keep it up, you're a great writer with a refreshingly honest and open approach.

  3. I've been reading your blog since you guest posted on Life as Mom back in the summer. Happy to read your "31 for 21"...I have a sweet niece with Downs. She is almost 11. Or is it 12? Enjoy your posts!

  4. Oh yaay! I'm so glad you're in! By the way, I LOVE the banner at the top...Carter and Chubbs, love it :)


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