The Boy & Down Syndrome


March 13, 2014

Yep. Nathan turns four today (and Mr. Andi turns 44). 2010 2011 2012 2013 Happy Birthday, Nate-Nate! For Nathan’s birth story, go here, here, and here.

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The Other – Much Less Dramatic But No Less Fun – Disney Kids Race

March 4, 2014

What can I say about Nathan’s race, which immediately followed Sarah Kate’s triumph? He was ready to go. Or at least he was ready to give a thumbs up. And based on the graph her Fitbit generated, I think he and Katie ran at least a mile in the corral waiting on us before his […]

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The Music Man

December 19, 2013

The kid loves songs, musical instruments, dancing … you name it. I know it’s supposed to be a myth that people with Down syndrome love music (and maybe it is), but in our house, our boy loves music. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you should recognize the jingle sticks, former residents of Sarah Kate’s […]

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The Adventures of Letterman

December 12, 2013

Faster than a rolling O Stronger than silent E Able to leap capital T in a single bound It’s a word, it’s a plan…it’s Letterman! [Please humor me and tell me you know what childhood television show that quote above comes from...TIP: It's not Sesame Street] I don’t post a whole lot of video here, […]

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Three Reasons Why I Hate Therapy and One Big Reason I Don’t

November 14, 2013

I suppose there are some folks who enjoy taking their kids to therapy. I don’t know who they are, but I figure stranger things have happened. After a decade of therapy, I’m here to tell you: It ain’t no fun. Between the two kids, we’ve done physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. We’ve done […]

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A Lot of Buddy, Not Much Walk

October 22, 2013

If you’re expecting a tale of how inspiring and uplifting our local Buddy Walk was, you’re reading the wrong blog. We didn’t field a big team this year – just our family foursome plus one of Sarah Kate’s therapists (yep, you read that right…) We don’t have a Buddy Walk in our county, only over […]

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How I Learned to Love … Okay, Not Hate … the School Field Trip

October 17, 2013

If you’ve been with me since the beginning, you know I hate field trips. I’m a natural introvert (though I can fake extroversion pretty easily after years of practice), so being in a group with strangers and casual acquaintances is draining, not energizing. For years, field trips were also a punch in the gut. There’s nothing […]

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Houdini and the Poltergeist

September 26, 2013

For some time, it has appeared that we have a poltergeist. Items have gone missing and then mysteriously reappeared months later, the grocery list on the counter one day had inexplicable markings despite the pen and pad appearing to not have moved, an entire gallon of milk was retrieved from the refrigerator and poured out […]

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Choosing a Therapy Option When the Evidence Isn’t Clear Cut

September 17, 2013

After months and months of agonizing and second guessing and discussing, we decided to send Nathan to private speech therapy. He receives speech twice a week at his developmental preschool, but even though he has been making progress, it’s slow and tedious. I’m not sure what private therapy might do for him, but something needs […]

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First Day of School: Take Two

August 20, 2013

Success this time! Back tomorrow!

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