Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blast from the past... the DS Sisterhood is born.

Look familiar?
(L to R: Sheridan, Gabby, John Michael and Joaquin...)

I guess I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today.
This is the day the DS Sisterhood began... back in May 2009!

Little did we know that by meeting with our littles that afternoon, we would begin a friendship that would continue to grow and flourish.
Look at Sheridan, still on his tummy rocking his "fro-hawk". :-)

Miss Gabby, our little fashionista, was the lone female and for months after we wondered how long boys would outnumber girls... (not the case anymore!)

And handsome Joaquin, who always has a smile to share.

John Michael was the "big boy" of the bunch. Can you say chunky monkey?

Since then, our local DS Sisterhood has grown to, I don't know, 24 or so moms and their genetically enhanced kiddos. A few are slightly older than John Michael, just over 3 and already navigating the IEP/school system. Others aren't even one year old yet.

Today, most of our children are at some stage of mobility, army crawling, cruising and walking. The days of setting them on a blanket and chatting over a Starbucks latte are over as they no longer stay in one place for more than a few seconds. Group photos aren't as easy, either, but I wouldn't take back a second of it. These moms, and the new ones since, mean so much to me. I never had a sister, but I feel very close to them as we navigate our way through the ups and "downs" of having a child with Down syndrome.

I'm so glad I don't have to do it alone...
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  1. Awwww!!! I love this post! I feel the same way. I cannot imagine this journey without you guys and I just look forward now to the memories we will continue to make and the future our children will have!

  2. So sweet. You guys have a wonderful group up there. I have threatened to move up there before :) Is that Joaquin Sanchez? Because I am pretty sure that in May 2008 he was only a few months old and wouldn't be sitting up. Is there more than one Joaquin....but it looks like him. Oh, I am sooo confused!!

  3. You're right, Denise. I changed the date to May 2009! Same Joaquin that everyone knows and loves...

  4. that IS mr. Joaquin sanchez ;)

    I will cherish these photos for the rest of my life. Look at how far we've come. I remember all of us sitting on that blanket sharing our stories, still feeling so vulnerable and uncomfortable with our "new" lives. What an amazing sisterhood we have.

    We are so very blessed.

  5. I am truly grateful for my sisters. What a wonderful post, Monica! We have so much to look forward to with all of our kids, and for ourselves, too :)

  6. Makes me wish we lived an hour and a half south! You guys are so lucky to have each other and all those kiddo's are even luckier!

  7. Oh my, too much cuteness on one page! How fun to have friends so close in age and distance.

  8. Beautiful post Monica! I love all my sisters and feel so blessed to go through this journey with all of you!!

  9. I love this post... brought tears to my eyes. There was no way that I could have ever imagined the Sisterhood we would form starting on that day. Love you all!

  10. What a lovely post, Monica. I, and Christopher, will forever be grateful to you for finding us and allowing me to be part of the sisterhood. Thank you. You all mean the world to me and I am so excited to take this journey side by side.

  11. oh JM is so beautiful. He reminds me so much of Noah at that age. I could just hug and kiss him all up. lovely post.

  12. Your sisterhood is awesome! I am so happy to have our little group here too! Sure is a blessing!