Friday, April 24, 2009

Kids Fest

The big moose (the boys loved all the mascots walking around)...

The choo-choo train (Mitchell cried when I took him off)...

Cameron is helping read the story and Mitchell is listening intently...


Cameron dancing with the bird.....


Mitchell and the bunnies...



Cameron and the goat....



Here you go, are you hungry?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reassurance

I was contacted yesterday by my local Down Syndrome Support Group and asked if I would be willing to talk to a new mom whose son was just born on Thursday (April 16) with an extra chromosome. The mom is quite upset and would really like to talk with someone who has been there, and can offer her some reassurance.

With tears in my eyes, my reply was YES, OF COURSE, I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO HER!

Why the tears? Because this was me. One one hand it feels like yesterday, and on the other it seems like decades ago. I can so relate to how this new mom feels. Becoming a mother for the first time is an absolutely indescribable experience.

You are meeting this little one who has been blossoming and growing inside you for 9 months, you gaze into their eyes in wonder, what did I do so right to deserve this unbelievable gift?



You hold their tiny hand, thanking God for giving you this miracle.



The emotions and feelings you have are so overwhelming, nothing else on Earth matters except this child in your arms.

When you hear the words Down syndrome when referring to this miraculous little one you don't know how to react, what to feel, what to think, what that means. You feel so alone, helpless, clueless, lost, sad, angry and guilty all at the same time (at least I did).



I have a very strong desire to do everything I can to help new moms with their feelings, whatever they may be. I truly don't want anyone to feel as alone as I did in those first few months after Cameron was born.

Today, I am extremely blessed because I know what it means that your child has an extra chromosome. It means endless hugs, kisses, love, laughter, fun and joy. It means that I will learn, see, and feel things I would never had experienced in this lifetime without that extra chromosome. It means that I now have an extended family who is on this amazing journey in Holland right there with me, both locally and worldwide.

I can't wait to meet her and her beautiful baby boy. Please pray that I am able to give her a glimpse of hope as to how absolutely wonderful her future will be beause of this little miracle and his extra chromosome.

Monday, April 20, 2009

12 newborn babies with DS up for adoption

The Adoption Awareness Program in Down Syndrome Association of Cincinnati has contacted a friend of mine.

They have TWELVE birth families currently trying to make an adoption plan for their pre-born babies. They are hoping to have several potential adoptive families to present as possibilities.

Are you or anyone you know interested in adopting a baby boy or girl with Down syndrome????

I do have the contact information, please let me know if you would be interested.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Award



I received this from Cheryl, Ruby's Mom. Thank you so much Cheryl.

"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find friends and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships will be propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly- written text into the body of their award.

I am sending this award on to:


Amy at The Fledge Farm
Kristen at Faulkner Family
Kim at Charlie & Calvin's Up To
Brigitte at Van Nice Family Journey
Julie at The Adventures of Cap'n Jack 'n Crew
Emma (CJ) at Little Miss E
Angela (Leah) at Its My Life Mom!
Braska (RK) at Braska Bear

I love reading your blogs, thanks for writing.

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