|Signing "apple." Nope, pumpkin.|
|Gnome! In a gnome hat!|
|No more hat, and thanks to Tim for snapping the photo!|
Like many of the mamas who blog in the Down syndrome community, I wonder about the point of 31 for 21. Many of you reading have your own child with Down syndrome. You are more "aware" than you ever dreamed.
For me, this year's 31 for 21 has been about sharing our journey, not only for new parents, but for the parents of typical kids who wonder what the heck our life is like with a non-toddling toddler who has an extra chromosome, takes a long time to learn new skills, who makes us laugh, and who has made me cry with joy and fear many, many times in her short life. (There's readers out there who aren't my family and who don't have a kid with Down syndrome, right?)
|Cupcakes, angry gnome, owl.|
|Ellie was ready to go get that cupcake!|
Down Syndrome Awareness Month is over, and November is somehow here. I'm still very much "aware" of Down syndrome. Ellie's extra chromosome comes with some quirks that don't require a month of blogging for me to consider. On the whole, however, at the start of November, I feel thankful. Thankful for friends. Thankful for our little munchkin. Thankful for our neighborhood at Halloween, full of little kids in cute costumes.
I won't be blogging every day in November, but when I write, I'll be focusing on the things for which I am grateful.
At this moment, the list includes:
Baby Signing Time as a cure for the grumpies.
Sweet family members who help us celebrate holidays, even from far away.
Coffee with eggnog flavored soy milk.
The sheer entertainment of watching Ellie attempt to bust through a baby gate.
What makes you give thanks?