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Saturday, October 1, 2011

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Hello, October!

This is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.  There are lots of activities happening on-line and in real life to educate and inform people about Down syndrome.  I am thankful because I have a lot to learn.

We didn't know that Ben would have Down syndrome when he was born.  We knew that it was a possibility, but we didn't really think about it much.  We prayed for a healthy baby, and we talked about how having a third child would change our family, but we didn't anticipate having a baby with special needs.

Maybe sometime later this month, I'll write about the prenatal testing and the diagnosis at the hospital.  I don't have the time right now to find the words.

I will say that I spent Ben's first month worrying more about his eating, peeing and weight gain than I did about Down syndrome and congenital heart defects.  However, now that he is 2 months old, with a good eating schedule and gaining weight, I am trying to learn more about Down syndrome. 

The most fun thing has been reading blogs.  There's a challenge going on right now called "31 for 21" - the idea being that people should post once/day for a month to raise awareness of Down syndrome.  I'm not participating because I'm only 2 months into the journey.  However, I plan to READ LOTS of these posts.

You are welcome to join me!  :)  And please, give me a heads-up if you know of a great resource or read a fantastic post.

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