Picture Books that Celebrate Uniqueness

About a year ago, my daughters started noticing other peoples' uniqueness: what does it mean to be blind? Why does he use a wheelchair? That friend looks like Grace! When they inevitably ask "Why?" after I address their inquiries, I have adopted a script to which they chime in on response: “Because we're all....” “Different!”... Continue Reading →

How to Get Your Child to Wear a Mask

Masks! Love them, hate them, or protest them, the CDC recommends that, in addition to keeping six feet of distance from others, people over the age of two should wear them to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Great! I wear a mask when I go to the grocery store (the only place I venture)... Continue Reading →

Yoga for all ages

I’ve been struggling to decide what, if anything, to post during these difficult times. So, please remember that if your family is just trying to get through the day, You do You! And if that does not in any form include yoga with your kids, ignore this post. I have always found physical and emotional... Continue Reading →

Music to get them moving

How are you hanging in there as you're hunkering down? I've been trying to start each day with some movement for my girls and weave it in throughout the day. Because, of course, it is healthy and builds good habits in their developing bodies and minds. And also, my sanity. As the weather has made... Continue Reading →

You do You

I have thought about writing this post many times, but I didn’t want to add to so much of what is entering my brain as noise these days. Namely: The virus which must not be named. Forced homeschooling.Toilet paper.The shoe-in for the words of the year (nevermind that it’s only March): social distancing. What the... Continue Reading →

How we prepare for doctor’s appointments

Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash “And It’s not going to hurt. Mama will be with me the whole time.” Grace repeated this line probably eight times at a recent audiology appointment, and I beamed with pride. We have attended innumerable physicians’ appointments over the years. If you have a loved one with DS,... Continue Reading →

How to Serve a Hospital Family

Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash If you are a member of the Down syndrome community in any capacity, chances are you’ve been touched by a family who has spent time in the hospital or cared for an ill loved one at home. From congenital issues like heart defects and vision problems to the increased... Continue Reading →

How I Became a Hospital Mom

I have slept 72 nights in children’s hospitals, all of them as an adult. The longest stint, 58 nights, was our first. It all started days before Grace’s three-month birthday. I handed her barely eight-pound body over to a cardiac anesthesiologist for the surgery we’d been awaiting with dread since we received her congenital heart... Continue Reading →

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