Friday, October 28, 2011

Down Syndrome Awareness Month ~ Confidence

This year / month marks 30 Years of Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Before we received Spencer's diagnosis, I knew very little about Down syndrome. So I'm taking the opportunity of my blog and this month to give you some little snippets of information.

So yeah... 30 weeks pregnant now. We were (and are?) confident in our decision to keep Spencer. Sometimes I wonder and worry, though. Am I really up to the challenge? Can I provide all that he needs? Can I balance his needs with the needs of my other children?

I need to remind myself that these sort of doubts are common with pregnancy (especially during the 3rd trimester) - regardless of whether your child will have special needs. I have plenty of other fears regarding how Sasha will respond to the new baby and my attention toward him. I worry (a lot) about how / where / what she will do during labor.

One question I have received this month was "How do I act around someone who has been afflicted?" Honestly, I don't personally have any idea. I have never been around people with Down syndrome. I will say that one phrase stands out, though. "They are more alike than different." They're just people. Admittedly, some of them may require special handling, so to speak, but generally there is no reason to treat them differently than any other human being.

Hopefully this final post for the month hasn't been too terribly disjointed. It has been a rough week and definitely a rough afternoon / evening! I would have liked to have gone out with a bang, but I just don't have it in me tonight.

Still, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
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