13 Years

13 Years

13 years ago you arrived at 7:11pm on a Saturday. You were immediately surrounded by love as your family held you. Late that night, I held you in the dark and wished for a First Night of Motherhood manual. (Spoiler alert! There isn’t one…and if there had been, it wouldn’t…

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Slow Down for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st

Slow Down for World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st

I feel the slight weight of his little hand on my shoulder as we walk. He has learned I am always here to steady him. When there are roots poking through dirt on the trail, when the hike takes a steep turn or when he needs to brace himself to…

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World Down Syndrome Day March 21st (3/21)

World Down Syndrome Day March 21st (3/21)

March 21st is a holiday in our family.  We celebrate it every year.  The kids have special 3/21 shirts.  We eat out with friends.  We celebrate at school.  We celebrate online.   It’s kind of a big deal. If someone had told me nine years ago, that we would celebrate this…

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The Special Olympics was really…special!

The Special Olympics was really…special!

My son participated in his first Special Olympics swim meet this spring.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, if he would get anything out of it or if my other two crazy children would cooperate while we waited for his race. It started out as I expected…a little disorganized and…

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World Down Syndrome Day Lesson Plan

World Down Syndrome Day Lesson Plan

World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21st (3/2), chosen to represent the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome expressed in individuals with Down syndrome.  The following lesson plan was created to help raise awareness in my son‘s second grade class about Down syndrome.  In addition to the plan, I…

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The (sometimes funny) reality of Down syndrome

The (sometimes funny) reality of Down syndrome

Down syndrome used to be a scary thing to me.  I had a vague idea of what it meant, but tried not to give it much thought.  Having a child with Down syndrome was something that happened to other people.  Until eight years ago.  When my first son was born. …

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Lessons from my son

Though I spend a lot of time and energy helping my children learn about the world, they teach me more with very little effort.  Next week my oldest son will turn eight.  I love all my children’s birthdays.  I love throwing parties and celebrating the milestones they have reached each…

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