Rudolph, the Reluctant Reindeer

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Last week, the para at Nathan’s preschool hinted broadly that I needed to bring my camera to the preschool Christmas program because Nathan had a key part. I was … concerned. We’re talking public preschool here – neither private nor parochial – so that pretty much meant no Jesus, and the primary secular Christmas character is […]

Fire Ants Suck, and a High Pain Tolerance Can, Too

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Ants are annoying, nasty, little buggers, but fire ants? A whole different class of insect. I have a lesion from a fire ant bite on my right thumb knuckle right now, and the pain from it – both initially and over the next few days as it healed – felt like a burn from a […]

The ABC’s of Patience (That I Need to Learn)

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He brings me a small stack of cards. I’m not sure why he doesn’t bring me the whole box of 52, but he doesn’t. He prefers to bring them in smaller batches. It could be that he simply likes the feel of the cardboard in his little hands, knowing that he is in control of […]

My Other Last Place Finisher

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He isn’t as famous as his sister, he wasn’t spotted by (nor did he pose for a photo with) a stranger. He didn’t struggle through rehab to get to this point, and I’m not sure he even realized he was going to run until we showed up and pinned a number to his back, but I’m still […]

The Many Faces of Down Syndrome

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I’ll be honest – this call for photos for Down Syndrome Awareness Month was kind of an afterthought, triggered by Ellen’s recent Parents post. But I am SO. GLAD. I did it, because now my blog is filled with all of these beautiful faces. How about that handsome guy, Troy (and his handsome pup), up top? […]

The Myth of the Fenced Backyard

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Three years ago, Mr. Andi, with the help of a neighbor, built our backyard fence. Back then, he was in a race against time before Nathan started walking (which would lead to escaping). We opted for a wooden picket fence because we had grown used to the vast expanse across our yard and our back-door […]

Why Our Buddy Didn’t Walk This Year

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Had you noticed I haven’t mentioned Down Syndrome Awareness Month this year? Every October since Nathan was born in 2010, our family has participated in a local Buddy Walk for Down syndrome. Well … it’s kind of local. We walk with the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County (DSSMC), but we don’t live in Mobile County. […]

Nathan’s First Fun Run

You saw the picture on Sunday. Nathan looked “all grown up” – ready to attempt his first 1-mile fun run. He was looking at the camera, smiling broadly, as if to say, “I got this.” The reality? Not quite as smooth as you might expect. It was a last-minute decision to put him in the race. […]

Nathan and the Green “P”

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Several weeks ago, I expressed my frustration to G, Nathan’s speech therapist, about how he chews his shirts, the tails of stuffed animals, and other inappropriate objects around the house. She ducked into the back and reappeared with two pieces of tubing – green and blue – that she had cut off of a roll […]

We Had a Good Run, But Now It’s Over

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Remember back when we moved Nathan to the big boy bed, but he wouldn’t nap in his room because … daylight … or something? Back when my queen size bed was converted, like clockwork, into a jump-jump each afternoon? No? Then feel free to read up on it here and come right back. But then […]