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 […]

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? […]

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. […]

The Words I Was Sure I’d Never Say

Another school year has come and gone. Come August, Sarah Kate will move up to the sixth grade, and Nathan will be in Pre-K. We’ve registered him for three days a week again at the same private preschool he’s attended the past two years, and of course, he’s also still eligible for the developmental preschool […]

Project SEARCH: A Great Idea Right In My Backyard

I’ve been taking Nathan to speech therapy for several months; the therapy office is in the wellness center building of our local hospital, just a mile from the house. It’s convenient and the people there have been wonderful to work with. Several weeks ago, I noticed a young woman with Down syndrome in scrubs with […]

The Music Man

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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 […]

The Adventures of Letterman

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, […]

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

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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 […]

BOOK REVIEW: Just Like Other Daughters (Tearjerker Alert!)

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Three years ago, when Nathan was only seven months old, I watched the HBO premiere of Monica & David, a documentary about a couple with Down syndrome who marry. The film begins on their wedding day and follows the first year of their marriage, viewed from the perspective of both the couple and the family […]