Bring on October {Down syndrome Awareness Month}

I’m pretty sure every year as October approaches and I attempt to prepare for Down syndrome Awareness Month on the blog, I struggle to find the right words to share with you. This year is no different. Perhaps it’s even harder now, as the boy who made Down syndrome Awareness...Read More

Stepping Outside the Bubble {my baby starts kindy}

Two days before Nicholas started kindy, I found myself cranky and irritable. It was Australia Day and I enjoyed spending the holiday with my extended family and friends, but when we arrived home and the day drew to a close, I felt on edge. In the hope of improving his...Read More

It’s a Wrap {31 for 21}

When you invite someone to share their unique perspective on life with Down syndrome, something magical happens. I have loved watching the stories that have enfolded in this heartspace during October. There have been reflections on the birth of a child with Down syndrome; on watching children starting school; finding support networks...Read More

On the Eve of 21 {guest post}

When I think of the quote "I wouldn't change my child for the world, but I will change the world for my child" I think of Lisa Bridle. Rather than just coming to terms with a Down syndrome diagnosis and accepting a life on the fringes for her child with...Read More

Postcard to Myself in December 2006 {guest post}

After reading Kristen's book, I must admit feeling quite intimidated by the thought of meeting this impressive woman in person. But I didn't need to be. She is one of the most humble, gracious and kind hearted women I know, with an incredible ability to just get in and make things...Read More

Lessons In Living {guest post}

Through immense personal challenge, Julia Watson manages to demonstrate in the most humble and authentic way that life truly is for living. I remember reading an article Julia had written about her beautiful Georgia years ago when Nicholas was just tiny and I was so proud when her first book was published recently...Read More

This Mother’s Random Reflections on Starting School {guest post}

My friendship with Jocelyn started when a lovely mutual friend introduced us during my pregnancy with Nicholas. Although I hadn't yet even met my third child, I was grateful to have my first real life connection with another family in the Down syndrome community and Jocelyn has been a wealth of knowledge and source...Read More

What Therapy Looks Like for Our Child with Down syndrome

One of the hardest things for me about having a child with special needs is probably the incessant buzzing of my brain, the questioning, the figuring out and wondering. All of the buzzing essentially has to do with the one big question: "Am I doing enough?" Am I doing enough...Read More

How My Child with Down syndrome has Ruined Me {guest post}

Ruth and I first connected over our blogs and chromosomally enhanced children, but it wasn't long before we met in person and I felt like she was a kindred spirit and we had many common interests. She is that awesome mix of spirited, lovely, fiery, thoughtful and fun, so I love...Read More

The Doctor’s Son: a view from the other side {guest post}

I actually remember the day I saw Kylie's photo appear on an online Down syndrome forum and recognised her as someone I went to school with. And got a little excited. While I did know other people who had children with Down syndrome, it was the first time I'd recognised someone from...Read More