I was on Facebook last night, as usual, before going to bed and I came across something that made me so excited. One of the down syndrome facebook pages I follow started their own digital magazine, and I was looking through their first issue. I saw an article about a mother in Iowa that started something amazing, and I knew that this was exactly what I was waiting for. In honor of her son born with down syndrome, she started making baskets filled with uplifting and positive information about down syndrome. She gives these baskets to local hospitals to hand to new families that welcome a child with down syndrome.
Once I read that article, I couldn't stop smiling. It was as if she was reading my mind, the idea was perfect. THAT is what I can offer to the hospitals! So, I decided to get in contact with her and figure out how she started making her baskets so that I could bring the idea to my area. I want to piggy-back off of her idea and use the same concept but make it my own.
It would have made the world of a difference to get a "congratulations" basket from the hospital, filled with well wishes and positive resources, instead of sad looks,an outdated informational packet, and a long list of what could medically be wrong with Anthony. It's not a good idea to leave the parents with limited information, because then they take matters into their own hands and turn to the internet. Yes, you can find amazing resources on the internet if you know where to look. I know when I first typed "down syndrome" into google I was overwhelmed with information and I almost had a panic attack with the growing list of what could be wrong with my son. Parents need to be told the positive part of their new life, not focus on what could be wrong. Any parent can tell you that no child's health is perfect their entire lives. There will always be something to worry about, as a new parent that's what it's all about, right? ha! But, seriously, it's not the time when you first meet your new son or daughter to have your head filled with so much worry. Welcoming a new baby into the world should be a happy and joyous time!! In that same respect, welcoming a baby with down syndrome into the world shouldn't be any different.
Okay, back to the baskets! I know it's not going to be easy getting this project started. I need to make a few connections, and contact a few organizations to even get the idea in motion. ... I also need to think of a good name for the baskets in honor of Anthony, my biggest inspiration of all! I think I just wanted to write about it so everyone who reads my blog will know what is to come soon! I wish that Joe and I had the funds to just go out and buy everything I want to put in the baskets and start making them today, but we don't. So, I hope to start a facebook page this weekend as a place to raise money and ask for donations to start making these baskets. ( I even wrote into the Ellen tv show asking for help, I love her show so much and she helps so many people that I thought hey, why not?) Hopefully it wont be too long until the first family receives a basket, and they will know that there are people that care about their child, and that everything is going to be okay! (More than okay, really... my life is so filled with love I could burst!)
In other news..... Anthony has been growing so much it's not even funny! I feel like every day he surprises us by doing something new. Recently, he has been getting the hang of sitting up on his own! I am so so so proud of how hard this little man works. He also has been teething for the past month. So, needless to say, things have been a little hectic around here. A teething baby is no walk in the park. But, I can't complain because even though he is cranky... I can't hide how happy it makes me! Joe and I were reading in one of our books about Down Syndrome that babies with Down Syndrome might not start teething until 1-2 years of age. So, I will take all of the cranky moments with a smile on my face because it just reminds me that it really doesn't matter what is "typical" or not, Anthony will do things when he is ready. I love that little boy!
|Teething with my Sophie Giraffe, so tasty!|
|Actually, I like my fingers a whole lot better!|
|See Tigger? I told you I could do it!|
|Practicing my balance on daddy!|