~God doesnt choose the qualifed...He qualifies the Chosen~
Friday, October 29, 2010
"I wish I had Ds...."
Yesterday we were getting in the car after school and Saylor asked for a second time why she didnt get a new shirt like Syds.....(my bff saw a Dream Big shirt at Walmart nonetheless and picked it up for Sydnie cause thats the logo we came up with several years ago for Sydnie's Soldiers)....I explained to Saylor that was Sydnie's little logo and sort of tried to make it no big deal. She gave a harrummphhh and said "I WISH I HAD DS...ITS THE BEST!" .....why yes ...yes it is!
I just giggled to myself....isnt it amazing how we dont see Ds as something wrong....just another part of our lives.....our normal lives.....Thank you God for my blessings!
Where do I begin? I am a mother of 2 very determined and strong willed little girls and a wife to Darin. Sydnie was born on May 26, 2000 and Saylor was born on April 30, 2004. They keep me quite busy.
Im currently the Editor for the Down syndrome Associations newsletter, Substitute Teacher and Thirty One Consultant. Im a little busy at times! :)
More on the girls...
For those of you that are visiting this page for the first time or getting to know us..here's some background.
Sydnie was born with Down syndrome and a Ventricular Septal Heart Defect that was repaired when she was 4 months old....and she hasnt stopped since. She has been very healthy ...Thank you GOD!
They both love school and work very hard. They each have their own thing they are better at....Sydnie is doing very well with her reading and Saylor is a great with math. Hopefully that will work out for each other :) They both to sing and dance and are in to Competitive Cheerleading. They are such a mess! Love those girls!
October is National Down syndrome awareness month. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome, which results in varying degrees of physical and mental abnormality. It occurs in one out of every 733 live births. More than 350,000 people in the U.S. have this genetic condition. Here are a few more facts: Down syndrome is a common genetic variation which usually causes delay in physical, intellectual and language development. The exact causes of the chromosomal rearrangement and primary prevention of Down syndrome are currently unknown. Down syndrome is one of the leading clinical causes of cognitive delay in the world - it is not related to race, nationality, religion or socio-economic status. The incidence of Down syndrome in the United States is estimated to be 1 in every 733 live births. Of all children born in this country annually, approximately 5,000 will have Down syndrome. There are approximately 1/4 million families in the United States affected by Down syndrome. While the likelihood of giving birth to a child with Down syndrome increases with maternal age; nevertheless, 80% of babies with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age, as women in that age group give birth to more babies overall. There is wide variation in mental abilities, behavior and physical development in individuals with Down syndrome. Each individual has his/her own unique personality, capabilities and talents. 30% - 50% of the individuals with Down syndrome have heart defects and 8% - 12% have gastrointestinal tract abnormalities present at birth. Most of these defects are now correctable by surgery. Individuals with Down syndrome benefit from loving homes, early intervention, inclusive education, appropriate medical care and positive public attitudes. In adulthood, many persons with Down syndrome hold jobs, live independently and enjoy recreational opportunities in their communities. Courtesy of the NDSC