Take a moment to enjoy the beauty of Hope’s fifth year, which has been our true blessing to witness. Happy 5th birthday, Hope!!
Whenever we meet families with older children who have Down syndrome, there is always one common thread among them—they’re calm.
Hope’s claim to fame has always been her hair. Waves hello and blown kisses, too, but since her days of newborn sweetness her hair has always been what’s drawn her the […]
Since before Hope could even hold her head up, I’ve dreaded her entering the public school system. I dreaded not being with her during her therapies. I dreaded handing off […]
I’ve never felt like anyone else we know when it comes to Hope’s teeth. Hope was a year old when her first tooth broke through, and it took over 2 months to come all the way down; the pediatrician said to expect 2 to 4 weeks.
From what nearly every acquaintance had to say about it, learning to walk would be one of the greatest offenses our daughter would ever commit against her parents. Doesn’t this all sound so ludicrous? We thought so, too.
One day when Hope was 23 months old, she just got it in her head that she could stand like anyone else and persisted until she was totally upright.
We want Hope to be motivated from a place within herself. Her reward for succeeding is self-confidence.
Why a DS diagnosis doesn’t automatically open doors to therapy is at least a thinly veiled prioritization of state funding that doesn’t value this vulnerable population.
Our little one has proved to us she’s not afraid to work, but she’s not willing to work for something she doesn’t feel is worth it.