The month to spread the celebration!
You guys, HAPPY DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH! In our family, we choose to celebrate the heck out of DS every single day. But this month is a great time for everyone, effected/blessed directly by DS or not, to celebrate! Look at the beautiful littles below and tell me their joy, beauty, individuality, and all around wonderfulness doesn't deserve some "hip-hip-hooray"ing. Am I right?! I decided that this time every year, we'll invite all these buddies (maybe one of them even being Welles' future wife!? ;) ) to do a little photo-shoot so we can look back as they grow. Let's be honest though, this little shoot was not easy. There was a handful of mommies hopping around like monkeys trying to keep their attention and snag some good smiles. While the kids pictured below all seem to be a bit more mellow and content than your average toddlers, they still each have unique personalities and characteristics. This is why it drives me nuts when medical professionals and many average Joe's lump kids with DS in to one category as if they're all the same. During this picture-taking play date, some were happily interacting, some preferred keep to themselves, some were chasing each other down for kisses and whops on the head, some were nervous about all the commotion/noise and others were falling asleep while the chaos was blasting around them. Just like "typical kids," these guys have differing personality types. They have different levels of learning in all the different categories. They'll excel at different paces and in different areas than each other. They'll have different interests, different fears, different passions and different ideals. They will each be perfectly awesome in their own different ways. And I love every single one of these squishy little people.
I had each mommy write out a quick little something about what their baby has taught them, shown them or what they've enjoyed about them in this past year. You'll love reading and you'll surely drool over these fabulous shots by Tessa's mommy, AKA Cassi.