Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day 31: The last of the cuteness

Meet Henry! He is 21 months old.

Biggest challenge Ds has brought to his family: The fear that due to a lack of knowledge or a stereotype, people may have low expectations or underestimate what Henry is capable of.

Coolest thing about Henry: Henry is absolutely amazing! He is such a hard worker and wants to learn everything he can. He is such a nice boy and already has manners! Tonight at dinner he asked for "more cheese" and then signed please afterwards! He is handsome and charming, and we are truly blessed to have a son as wonderful as he is!

Meet Quinn! He is 9 months old.

Biggest challenge Ds has brought to his family: The constant worry about medical issues. Every sniffle, sneeze and cough is a cause for concern, and this doesn't jive well with my laid-back personality.

Coolest thing about Quinn: His bright smiles! This kid can light up a room!

Quinn is also a Texas boy and I hope we get to meet him and Eli in the next two months when we travel down South! You can follow along with Quinn and his family here.

Meet Matthew! He is 19 months old.

Biggest challenge Ds has brought to his family: I'd have to say my biggest challenge with Down syndrome is patience. It's sometimes so hard for me to cope with delays in things--I've always been a go-go-go person. Matthew has taught me to slow down and not sweat the small stuff!

Coolest thing about Matthew: My biggest joy--that look in his eyes of pure love when he smiles at me!

Meet Brody! He is 18 months old.

Biggest challenge Ds has brought to his family: The health issues related to both his Down syndrome and his neutropenia.

Coolest thing about Brody: The joy, smiles, snuggles, fun, and laughter that Brody brings to our lives every day outweigh all the struggles that we have had thus far.

We had the pleasure of meeting Brody and his mommy when we went to Chicago this summer. He was the cutest little thing ever and was crawling around all over the place. Carter instantly took to him and played on the floor with him almost the whole time! 

Meet Giuliana! She is 13 months old.

Biggest challenge Ds has brought to her family: While most babies at 13 months of age are giving hugs and then scooting away to explore their worlds, Giuliana is giving hugs and holding on tight. These are the best hugs, but they make me feel happy and sad at the same time. I know I have a baby who LOVES LOVES LOVES me, but I also have a baby who is falling behind in gross-motor skills. I know she'll get there, so the challenge is to enjoy the moment and not think too far ahead.

We also got to meet Miss G and her entire family in Chicago. This girl is beautiful inside and out. She has such a contagious spirit! Her mom and dad were so kind to invite us over for a barbecue one evening after only meeting us that one time. This family is truly special. We loved every minute we spent with all of our friends up there and we hope to see them again! Check out Giuliana's Facebook page.

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