An open letter to Pampers, and any other parent-directed websites.

Let me start by saying that I love all of your products. Pampers are the only diaper I use!  In my opinion, they’re the only ones that mask the pee pee smell.  This is not an attack, this is a friendly suggestion. As a mom who had an unexpected diagnosis for her baby after birth, […]

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I have Down syndrome, too.

When I returned to my job as a second grade teacher, I was not fully prepared to discuss Nicholas’s diagnosis yet.  I was so afraid that if someone brought it up, I would break down crying.  What would the kids think of their long-absent teacher then? It wasn’t only that.  I had gone into labor […]

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Seeing other extraordinary people.

This is when I don’t know how to be an advocate… Bear with me, friends.  I have only been a part of this community of moms for 8 months, and I am still learning the ropes. Last Sunday, my friend and I decided to venture to the baby clothes store, which is about an hour away […]

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The hospital stay.

No, I am not talking about the original hospital stay.  I am talking about the one from last night.  The one where I had to terrorize a security guard to get access to the children’s ER. Okay, maybe I didn’t terrorize them, but I was scary enough to make them think that they would rather […]

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The gap in pictures.

36 hours.  That’s how long we had to celebrate our son without the debilitating shock of the possibility of Down Syndrome looming over us.  Just 36 hours. Look at us.  We are so happy.  The photograph was taken prior to the nurse practitioner asking to see us alone and saying “I need to talk to […]

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What does a Down Syndrome mom look like?

I want you all to know that when I talk about the difficult times after I gave birth to Nicholas, it in no way means that I am upset about his having Down Syndrome. There are two reasons that I talk about it so often. The first is because when I was going through it, […]

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