I still cannot believe that Alex is 9 years old! He is now shoulder height to me! Normally for birthdays, we would go out somewhere like a museum or aquarium and invite friends. With COVID19 still going strong, we had to do things a bit differently. Alex had the idea to have a virtual birthday … Continue reading 9 years old!
I have hesitated to make a post about this pandemic due to feeling overwhelmed with everything going on and trying to keep everything moving. Many tears have been shed. However, I realized that other parents may feel the same and could use some reassurance that they are not alone. Typically, I am a working mom … Continue reading Coping with COVID19 Pandemic
I am once again late in updating, but life gets busy with a toddler and a school age child! Mary's two plus years has flown by and I cannot believe it. Mary's use of sign language is taking off and it has been a HUGE help in communicating. She can sign for food, water, more, … Continue reading Two Years Old!
Wow, what a year 2019 has been. We started off this year with Mary needing ear tubes put in. It has not been easy as she is prone to getting colds and having drainage through the tubes. The ENT doctor considers this an ear infection, so we have gone through A LOT of antibiotic ear … Continue reading 2019 Year in Review
I feel like many new parents wonder how their other children will be affected when they receive their child's diagnosis. I did wonder how Mary's diagnosis would affect Alex. Especially since there is a six year age difference between them. He was so excited to be a big brother while I was pregnant, but would … Continue reading How has Mary’s Down Syndrome affected Alex?
The last several months have been quite busy for us! Alex is now 8 years old. Wow does time fly. He is already chest height on me! It won't be long before he is taller than me. His dad is over six feet tall, and Alex is forecasting to be just as tall. For his … Continue reading 8 years and 2nd grade
It's hard to believe that today marks two years since my first blog post here. Last year I wrote about so much that had happened in that first year. I thought I would continue with year two! Last year at this time, Mary was rolling to get where she wanted. Now, she is walking everywhere … Continue reading Two years!
A while ago, I did a post titled “What to do now? (Down syndrome)” where I discussed what it was like to find out Mary has Down syndrome and tips for starting down that path. I felt like that post covered a lot, but I want to discuss a related topic of what to expect … Continue reading What to Expect with Down Syndrome
In February, we had to put Mary into daycare unexpectedly. We were very lucky that the starts aligned and we found someone willing to take her in, someone who had no concerns about her Down syndrome and treated her the same as every other child there. Mary was at the daycare 5 days a week … Continue reading Experience and Benefits of daycare
A common theme I see among many of us parents who have a child with Down syndrome is a sense of guilt for being upset at receiving the diagnosis, at having these incorrect and stereotypical beliefs of what our child's future would look like. I'm guilty of this too. Then today, after reading a post … Continue reading Why do we feel guilty?