Welcome to Down Right Cute, written from the perspective of a Nurse, the heart of a Mom, and the passion of an Advocate. I am SH and I am part of a busy family of six living in Alberta, Canada. All our children are no more than 3 years apart. This makes life super busy but we would not have it any other way. Our family goes through many of the experiences a typical one does with the exception that we have a very happy family member with Down Syndrome.
As we have moved forward in life together, we have discovered that living and caring for our fourth child with Down Syndrome (DS) has had many challenges that I, as an experienced mom, have been able to meet head-on with tremendous love, support, and courage that I did not know I had. What I have learned so far in this journey from our prenatal diagnosis of DS to now, is that yes, my child will not develop exactly along the same developmental milestones as my previous children. However, he will meet all those milestones in time. He is on a different growth curve and different developmental timeline and that is okay. The delays in milestones and the challenges we have had to overcome, are not too much different from the milestones and ongoing challenges that my other children have.
The quality of life of someone with Down Syndrome today, is far different from in the past, even from just 10 years ago.
Individuals with Down Syndrome nowadays learn to read, write, talk, socialize, hold jobs, and are capable of living on their own provided that they continue to have proper support and guidance. It’s this story I am interested in living and this story that I want to share with the world.