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've been married for 20 years to my wonderful husband, Doug. I'm a Catholic SAHM to 5 children. Our 4th child, John Michael, was born in November 2007, and has opened us up to the amazing world of Down syndrome. We are grateful to God for the blessings He's given us and the journey He's put us on. When I'm not spending time with my family, I sing with RSVP, an amazing vocal group, educate on Down syndrome, have my own health and wellness business, and blog about our life.