|Cookies by my awesome friend, Jill! Check her out at Cookie Cutter Creations on Facebook!|
It's been quite a while since we've written! We've been busily posting updates to family and friends via Facebook while in the meantime, our little blog has been left neglected and forlorn. Much has happened in the last year: Kaetlyn turned three and started preschool, riding the bus each day; Grace turned two and somehow has developed the vocabulary and language skills of a 5-year old; Kaetlyn is picking up all kinds of language from her little sister, but is sure to remind her who is boss! So, why, you ask, after a year did we pick up and write again? Well, firstly with the hopes we might more frequently do so...and secondly, and more importantly, because it is World Down Syndrome Day 2014...3.21.14...and that is reason to celebrate and update our long-forgotten blog.
World Down Syndrome Day is meant to raise awareness and acceptance for all those who sport that little extra 21st chromosome. That awareness is not just about folks who have DS, but also those all around them. So, today, we write about and celebrate our simple, ordinary, every-day life that unexpectedly was blessed by a little something extra!
4 years ago, while I anxiously awaited the arrival of my precious Kaet, I didn't know what life would hold. I was afraid of what trials and struggles my baby would have, but oh! I loved her fiercely. 3 years ago as I pondered the wonder of the second life growing inside me, I wondered how would we make it work? Two children not walking, not talking, one with special needs, both parents working, and three aging dogs. I was once again afraid. How would we define "normal"?
|Kaetlyn practices her letter "L" at daycare|
|Gracie the Dancing Queen|
Thursdays are big days - we get to see "Speech Sarah" and Grace is adamant lately that she gets to "play" with Speech Sarah while Kaet must sit with Mommy in the waiting room. While that has yet to happen, it makes Kaet that much more interested in "playing" with Speech Sarah. Oftentimes, Daddy meets us in the town where we see Speech Sarah and we get to go out to a restaurant and have someone else cook for us!
Evenings are spent over family dinners at least 4 days a week. Important topics such as favorite color, favorite shape, favorite animal, favorite fruit or vegetable, and inevitably favorite ear (Right? Left?) are discussed. Then playtime and sometimes yoga with Mom or pretend to be an animal (Grace likes to hop like a frog; Kaet to roll like a bug!), somersault practice, and often tea parties are in the mix. There's frequently singing ("Frozen" songs are high on the list these days! :)) Some nights it's bath night; every night has story time. There's always the enviable task of telling girls to stay in their beds and go to sleep (though admittedly, this seems to be getting better!). Lights out, day is done, repeat tomorrow!
|Dress Up and GO!|
Each day starts with a hug and kiss and ends with a hug and kiss. Some days are tougher than others and we're reminded that this is a journey. Some days are just downright joyful. The best thing about all of it is the friendship that exists between Kaetlyn and Grace. That we get to be a part of an amazing community and get to experience the ups and downs of having a child with Down Syndrome is, for us, simply normal. And we would not have it any other way!