Friday, October 1, 2010

Down Syndrome Awareness Month - Post 1

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

For those that don't know, my first born son Jack was diagnosed with Down syndrome on October 30, 2008, just a few hours after he was born.  The nurses and John noticed that he showed some common physical characteristics of Down syndrome and genetic testing confirmed it a few days later. We did not know beforehand that he would have Down syndrome.  I'm not even sure I had ever seen a person with Down syndrome before my son was placed in my arms, but the amount of love I immediately felt for my son could have made my heart explode.  This was our baby.  This was who we made and I only saw perfection.  Once I learned of the diagnosis, I was amazed to find my love multiply by millions.  I knew his life would have more obstacles and judgments than most, and I loved him that much more for it.

Although Jack has Down syndrome, that is not what defines him.  He is an almost two year old who laughs, smiles, dances, acts goofy, gets jealous, crawls, climbs, throws, mimics, waves, climbs in your lap, gives hugs, blows kisses and sits adorably on a stool.  Jack is learning to walk, communicates through sign language and has beautiful almond eyes full of soul.  I would not change a thing about him.  We love him just the way he is, just like the video sings below.  Please click on the link below.


  1. i love him just the way he is too. he's the best!

  2. Love this post. You have always been such a strong, loving mother since the day he was born!