Ode to a Rockin’ Dad

Ode to a Rockin’ Dad

A special contribution to the DSDN’s blog series… When the newest blog topic was proposed a few weeks ago by the DSDN’s blog series coordinator, I was stumped!  The topic “What surprised you the most?” (about Down syndrome) was intriguing, but the immediate answer that…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #30:  Fears related to Down syndrome & holidays

Confessions of a Rockin mom #30: Fears related to Down syndrome & holidays

This is my final confession of the series (and Down syndrome Awareness Month -2016) and for obvious reasons, it will address Halloween! For Everett’s very first Halloween we dressed him up as a baby skeleton and I bought Vic & I matching skeleton tees (the…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #29: Fears related to preterm labor & Down syndrome

Confessions of a Rockin mom #29: Fears related to preterm labor & Down syndrome

Everett was born nearly five weeks early. Vic & I were both convinced it was false labor and we were shocked when the doctor on duty told us we were having a baby the night of May 26th, 2013. Everett was born that morning of…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #28:  Fears related to having more children

Confessions of a Rockin mom #28: Fears related to having more children

We were overjoyed when we found out that I was expecting a sibling for Everett. And when we learned Liam was a little boy, we couldn’t believe how blessed we were. Two little boys…brothers! For 9 months we waited patiently and happily for little Liam’s…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #27:  Fear of Down syndrome markers

Confessions of a Rockin mom #27: Fear of Down syndrome markers

Because Everett was diagnosed with Down syndrome right after he was born, we had to order a karyotype blood test to confirm his diagnosis. In the meantime, all we had to go on in gauging whether he had DS or not, were some physical characteristics.…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #26:  Fear of “slower” milestones

Confessions of a Rockin mom #26: Fear of “slower” milestones

Fact — “Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.” (NDSS.org). Let’s focus on the second part of this statement…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #25:  Fears related to growing up

Confessions of a Rockin mom #25: Fears related to growing up

When I was about 7 1/2 months pregnant with Everett, Vic & I went out to dinner one night at one of our favorite local restaurants, an Italian joint. I distinctly remember that night. I remember what I wore, I remember what I ordered, and…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #24:  Fears related to inclusion (or lack thereof)

Confessions of a Rockin mom #24: Fears related to inclusion (or lack thereof)

When I was a kid in elementary school, all of my differently-abled peers attended a separate class that was titled “self-contained.” Since I attended the general education classes, I never interacted with any of these children. These interactions (or lack thereof) were the first memories…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #23:  Fears about where my child will live someday

Confessions of a Rockin mom #23: Fears about where my child will live someday

We live in a modest home. Between Vic, me, the boys and our two large dogs, space is tight in our 2 bed/1.5 bath 1925 bungalow. But we love our home. Our boys are growing, however, and we know there will come a point when…

Confessions of a Rockin mom #22:  Fear of behavior issues

Confessions of a Rockin mom #22: Fear of behavior issues

When Everett was about 6 months old we took him to have his picture made with Santa at a local mall. When we got settled into the long line of families waiting for their obligatory Santa photos, we realized the parents in front of us…