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Archive for October, 2012

10 things TO SAY when a baby is born with Down syndrome

10 things to say when a baby is born with Down syndrome Here it is, day 31 of blogging for Down syndrome awareness the month of October. Phew. I’m tired! A few weeks ago I posted 10 things not to say to a parent of a child with Down syndrome. Someone emailed me a day or two later. “My father and I were talking about your post about 10 things not to say to a parent of a child with Down syndrome, and we were…

An unusual story of a Down syndrome diagnosis

An unusual story of a Down syndrome diagnosis (This is another excerpt from my book KRASATA, a memoir of motherhood, Down syndrome, and surprising beauty. It takes place in Kiev, Ukraine, after the birth of our third daughter while living there as missionaries.) *** On the sixth morning of Polina’s life, I stood next to her incubator in Kiev, Ukraine. My hand pushed through the plastic window and rested on her ankle. My fingers cupped her heel. She opened her eyes. It made me smile….

5 great online resources about Down syndrome

Here are five great online resources for Down syndrome that have personally helped me along my journey parenting children with special needs. Six years ago while sitting in my apartment in the former Soviet Union (we were living their as missionaries at the time), eight days after the birth of my third daughter and her surprise diagnosis of Down syndrome, Sergei drove me home from the hospital, I turned on the computer and typed in “New parents of a child with Down syndrome” with shaky fingers. 1. Down…

Evangeline is six years old today!

Evangeline is six years old today! Happy Birthday to our sweet girl. It’s hard to believe that she’s been with us through international adoption for over three years. This was the first picture we saw of Evangeline. Evie when we first met her in Ukraine … One year in at home with us …         And on …         And on …               And on … So thankful for her.