First Dance and Why It Meant More Than the First Day of School

Friday night the four of us went out for pizza without Gigi. She had far better things to do: her first school dance. A few weeks ago a flyer came home from school in her folder advertising the annual Snow Ball dance for grades K0-1, in other words ages 3-6. It is a drop-off event … More First Dance and Why It Meant More Than the First Day of School

Dear Me

Dear Tina, I wanted to let you know that something is going to happen later this evening that is going to shock and stun you, so brace yourself. Remember that blood test you took on Monday to check for chromosomal abnormalities because you’re ten weeks pregnant? That test that they highly encouraged you to take … More Dear Me

Alternative Therapy

“Baba baba baba?” Gigi says as she excitedly makes her way toward me with her hurried crab-like crawl. Since Gigi can’t pronounce “m” she calls me “Baba”. She has blossomed and progressed so much this summer. Cruising and pulling up on all kinds of furniture, she’s not afraid anymore. Climbing stairs and standing up on … More Alternative Therapy

What I’m Celebrating on World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated every year on March 21st, or 3/21. Fitting because an individual is diagnosed with Down Syndrome when they have three copies (instead of the typical two copies) of the 21st chromosome. Down Syndrome International recognizes the day as one to “help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what … More What I’m Celebrating on World Down Syndrome Day

Dear Doctor

Dear Doctor, I wanted to write you about my experience with my prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Although the initial diagnosis was delivered by our genetic counselor on a Thursday evening, you took over from there immediately. I’d have to say, you did everything right. You called me the next morning to tell me that … More Dear Doctor