Saturday, October 31, 2015

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down syndrome awareness month and I posted away on Instagram. I posted a photo a day along with some of the things we've learned in the four years since Down syndrome entered our family. It was early October 2011 when we found out that the baby we were carrying would be born with Down syndrome. We had no idea what to expect. Porter has exceeded every expectation I had way back then. 
From my first post of the month: 

October is Down syndrome awareness month. Each year we celebrate by sharing some of the things we've learned. Today, Porter wanted to share a few of his favorite things. He loves music, Doc McStuffins & Anna (sister always makes him play the role of Anna). You see toys. We see pretend play happening and we're so happy! Pretend play is so important for development.

To my last:

Day 31- Don't dis my ability- Thanks so much for following along with us this month. We hope we've been able to help you understand some of the differences, recognize the ways he's so much like typical kids and realize that he is able to live a happy, productive life. We dream big around here. And he helps us do that. Our hopes and dreams for Porter are quite the same as they are for Penny & Paxton. We hope he'll continue to grow and learn to the best of his ability. We expect nothing less than his best. We are lucky to have a village guiding us and supporting us. We are #theluckyfew#downsyndromeawarenessmonth#downsyndromelove #lifewithds

We are so appreciative to those who followed along. We love our Porter! 
 We were lucky to be featured on The Mango Memoirs earlier this month. Angela featured a different individual with Down syndrome every day this month. We learned so much from her posts and all the families who shared their stories! Thanks Angela! 
And, we're featured in the CHOP Buddy Walk video celebrating the Trisomy 21 Program at CHOP.
As always, thanks for your love and support. Down syndrome is the most common genetic sydnrome and it has definitely changed our lives. Porter- keep growing and learning buddy! We are so proud of you! 

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