A little bit about Early Intervention Services

Always get a second opinion, and then a third, and maybe a fourth. As a lifelong rule-follower, it was easy for me to listen to every little thing the doctors told me.  They’re doctors, so they know.  I barely knew anything about Down syndrome at the time of my son’s diagnosis.  So, how could I […]

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Some guy’s name – One reason for the Down syndrome misconception.

Down Syndrome has changed my life in the most amazing ways possible.  I look at my son and I think “there is nothing more perfect on this planet.”  However, there is one thing that sucks about it. Before you get mad at me for saying that, just keep reading. John Langdon Down.  That’s the guy […]

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I was mourning the wrong loss, and I didn’t even know it.

The nurses took Nicholas away to get treatments for jaundice.  They left us alone in the room, and suggested we get some sleep. It was only hours after we were told about their suspicions of Down syndrome. When we were initially told about it, I remained stone cold, with an “okay, that’s fine” demeanor.  I couldn’t […]

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My son is a boy with Down syndrome, and your expectations are not his reality.

Two days ago, my husband, his parents, brother, Nicholas and I went to the mall to do a little shopping for our vacation.  Whenever we go shopping, we always joke that my husband is not allowed to talk to anyone because he will make best friends with them and we will be standing around for […]

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Introducing: Dad

Alright, I know you all are probably sick of hearing that I believe my husband and I were meant to have Nicholas.  I may have said it once or twice before, but I am going to say it again, and you’re just going to have to deal with it.  I need to introduce you all […]

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The Embarrassing Google Search

I have never been a fan of just “googling” something to get an answer I need.  I know that any old dummy can put any old thing on the internet, kind of like what I am doing right now! But when I had a baby, Google and I became very close. Hey google, how many […]

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The ripple effect.

I did it.  I did the wrong thing.  I limited my own son. I was watching him do physical therapy this week, and the therapist held a toy that looked like it was miles away from him, and expected him to reach for it.  She might as well have asked him to reach up and […]

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The evening black-outs.

That statement used to mean something completely different a couple of years ago. Now, it’s the phrase I use to describe the evenings after I get home from school. I leave school as soon as the busses do and drive immediately to the sitter’s house. Do a little small talk, and leave. We get home […]

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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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