Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Well, the National Down Syndrome Congress has listed these posters that were created in their gallery and is starting a vote! If you visit the page, you have the opportunity to vote on your 3 favorite posters and those selected will be made part of the We're More Alike campaign by mid-summer!
1. Go to the National Down Syndrome Congress' More Alike Poster campaign headquarters and click the link to view the gallery.
2. Colin is #75!!
3. Once you have selected your 3 favorite (colin is #75!), go back to the headquarters home page and under Pick a poster click the link for cast your vote here.
4. Some of Colin's blog friends are there too! Lila is #42 from Lila's Miracle Life and John Michael #66 from Monkey Musings!
Did I miss any?!
You have until April 1, 2010!!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
It gives lots of interesting perspective to words that are used to describe someone, including the use of the word disabled.
Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity Video on TED.com
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Other things we are working on:
- Getting Colin up onto all fours so that he will eventually be able to crawl.
It cracks me up when a cheerio will get stuck to his finger and he will just sit there and inspect it.
- Identifying facial features
Colin enjoys pointing to 3 main features on our faces right now: eyes, nose and mouth. Every time he does, we make sure we say the feature clearly and then help him point to that feature on his own face. Here you can see Colin pointing to the frog's eyes.
Miss D told us that she learned you should read to your child for 30 minutes every day. Colin enjoys books and recently we pulled this one out. It's called Olivia and was given to us as a present when Colin was born by a local elementary school.
We are working on pointing to specific things on the pages with his index finger and emphasizing different sounds when we do that.
- Identifying people in pictures
One night I was sitting at the computer with Colin trying to get Daddy on skype. Colin looked up and saw the big picture of Chris and I that our guests signed on our wedding day. Colin was getting so excited squealing and making noises. Now, if I hold Colin up to the picture and say "where is daddy?", Colin will put his finger on Daddy. If I ask "where is Mommy?", Colin will point at me! It's so exciting to watch him do that.
We are working on a lot of things, but most especially, we are showing Colin how much we love him.
Happy 10 month birthday Colin!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Can't you tell how excited he was? I think he was just excited to see his girlfriend Allison.
On Saturday, we went up and visited with Colin's cousin Penelope. Penelope's daddy is my 1st cousin and Penelope's mommy and I planned a day of relaxing and chatting. We all had so much fun!
Colin and Penelope got along so well with each other sharing toys and getting to know each other better.
Colin really enjoyed touching Brian's beard and Penelope was so nice to share her Daddy with Colin.Samantha gave Colin lots of great Mommy snuggles just like she gives Penelope. We were so lucky to have such a fun, relaxing day!That's where I learned how much Colin loved this toy!On Sunday, we got to see Rob and Corinne! We haven't seen them since the SUMMER! (GASP!)
We met up at Surf Taco where we had a yummy lunch!
Then we had some yummy ice cream!!
* I'm not so sure that colin enjoyed the ice cream *
There were LOTS of smiles to go around!
When we got home, Colin helped Daddy get his work done. Colin read the info while Daddy typed.But then Daddy needed a little bit more help putting the information for the game programs into the computer.On Monday, Nana and Grandad stopped by after driving 8.5 hours from visiting Uncle Timmy in North Carolina! They came all the way to see Colin and then still had to drive another hour and a half to get home! They needed their hugs and kisses!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Colin and I went to visit our cousins on Saturday (more on that later) and Colin's cousin Penelope had a toy that he got so excited about and was so curious to touch different things and try them out. So, I used a gift card and went out and bought it on Monday. I was worried that I would bring it home and Colin wouldn't be as interested, but low and behold, he LOVES it. I was sitting there watching him this morning thinking how happy he was and how curious he was about this new toy. I kept trying to put him on his hands and knees to practice the crawling skills, but he wanted nothing to do with it today. So I let him just play and be happy and that he was...
So while I have been sitting here at work catching up on blogs (and once again, not doing what I should be doing) I came across this website about the I'm Down with You Project, thanks to Chrystal at One More, More than One. I read through the whole thing and was so moved. These pictures are some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen and I think the project is amazing.
At the end of the website there is a link titled "video" and it is behind the scenes footage of the documentary "I'm Down with You". I watched this video again and in it, heard something I had previously missed. Jagatjoti Khalsa describes people with Down Syndrome as individuals that "live in the moment".
And so I realized...sometimes, we need to just play and be happy in this moment and not worry about what we should be doing. That's what Colin tells me some times. "Mommy, let's just play and be happy".
Subject: A Newborn's Conversation with God
A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?" God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."
The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy." God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."
Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?" God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."
"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?" God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray." "Who will protect me?" God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."
"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore." God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."
At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name." God said, You will simply call her, "Mom." (and I think it's important to put Dad in here as well)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I am on the mailing list for the National Down Syndrome Congress and received this email today. The campaign is working hard to spread awareness and asks that we spread the word, as I am choosing to do today by posting this to the blog.
From the National Down Syndrome Congress:
Busting Myths about People with Down Syndrome Begins with Us: Let's Get Started
As a community, one of the biggest - and most frustrating - challenges we face is dispelling or combating myths about people with Down syndrome. Once upon a time, we had to change attitudes one person at a time, but, thanks to the Internet, there's a better way.
In fact, with the emergence and popularity of social networking, we have the power to reach hundreds, even thousands of people with just one well-crafted message. It's called viral networking and it has changed everything.
The National Down Syndrome Congress is poised to enter the world of viral networking to take advantage of its power to reach a huge audience at virtually no cost. We have a serious story to tell and people need to hear it.
Our goal is to get people's attention, and then encourage them to forward our message to others. We have the tools to make this happen, but we need you to make it work. Done right, the results can be dramatic. We can bust a myth a month.
In every edition of the Communicator, we'll provide a link to an article or video covering a different topic related to people with Down syndrome. The subject matter will vary and most will be targeted to a specific audience, such as educators, physicians, human resource professionals, school board members, local and state governmental leaders, etc. You can then forward these emails to friends and family members and others you think might benefit from viewing them. Just remember that you don't need to email everybody, every month, so be selective when choosing your recipients and respect their inbox.
Working together, we can make some myths fall in 2010. And, we're ready to get started.
Myths that have to compete against NDSC's highly acclaimed We're More Alike Than Different national awareness campaign don't stand a chance. That's because it tells the truth about people with Down syndrome and that changes minds.
Monday, February 15, 2010
This weeks sermon had a lot to do with whether or not you are "listening" and "seeing" when God is speaking to you. Pastor Bill referenced "climbing the moutain" from Matthew 17 where Jesus takes disciples to the top of the mountain. I was thinking a lot about my own life with Colin and how when I found out that Colin had Down Syndrome I surely did not want to "listen" or "see" what God was telling me. Chris and I were put on top of a mountain and exposed to the elements. We couldn't look past the Down Syndrome at first.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I am thankful for this support because through this, I received an exciting email this week. Kathy Edenzen, the manager of the Young Athlete Program of the Special Olympics of NJ contacted me. She saw how well CAT Crew was doing, found Colin's blog, and contacted me to spread some information regarding the Young Athlete Program.
Here is a piece from her email:
"The Young Athlete Program (YAP) was created in consultation with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, to meet the physical and developmental needs of children, ages 2 ½ to 7, in the areas of physical activity and play, with an emphasis on sports skill development. The activities presented in the program are designed to develop the fundamental prerequisite skills to prepare athletes for future participation in sports. The program includes user-friendly instructions and a complete kit of sports activity equipment. The design of this program provides flexibility for the parent, sibling, paraprofessional, teacher, and volunteer to conduct activities. The Young Athlete Program is designed to be used by parents in the home and can be used in a preschool / school environment, playgroup or one-on-one situation. Enrollment in YAP provides a kit with activity equipment, an activity guide and DVD all free of charge."
I wanted to share this information with all of you because personally, I think it's wonderful! I know that Colin will not be using some of these pieces of equipment just yet, but they are things that we can all grow into as Colin grows and develops. We can begin to work on sport specific skills so that one day, Colin will be ready to participate in different sports activities. I know that a lot of you live in different states, but I am in the process of finding out more information for you regarding the Young Athlete Program.
In the meantime, you can get more information by clicking here. I have not quite figured out how to attach documents to my posts, but this link will take you directly to the Young Athlete Program page through the Special Olympics of NJ website. On this page, you will find information regarding registration forms and activity guides for the program. It's an exciting opportunity!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Later Leslie and Simon and Meredith and Tim came over...
Colin asked Leslie to feed him his dinner...Played with Meredith...
Tried out wrestling moves with Simon...
..and then just couldn't stay awake one more minute.