It's Alex! Remember the laughing baby in last year's picture (left)? He's now a handsome 2 1/2 year old (right) who can light up any room he enters! This past year, Alex has become a real talker. He loves to sing songs, especially "Twinkle, Twinkle" and those by Laurie Berkner. He knows his entire alphabet, can identity all upper-and lowercase letters, knows his primary colors and shapes, and can even count to ten! He has started preschool a few mornings a week and starts saying "bye bye" to his Nana as soon as they enter the door. Alex's mom says, "When we first found out Alex would have Down syndrome, we were so afraid he wouldn't talk or learn to read. He is well on his way to mastering both of those goals! He is one smart cookie!"