Today marks the first day of National Down Syndrome awareness month and in honor of that, I will be participating in my annual challenge of blogging "31 for 21"; 31 days for those with Trisomy 21.
I think this month is really important to us because what we want people to know more than anything is that Colin is defined by WHO he is and not by Down Syndrome.
When Colin was born, to say that we were surprised by the fact he came with a little something extra would certainly be an understatement, but he has brought more to our life than we could have ever imagined.
Colin is a very typical, happy, fun-loving, crazy little 3 year old boy. He loves all sports, but most especially basketball and soccer. He loves to run and scream with his little sister. He is happiest when he is with his family. He loves the beach and swimming in the ocean. He gets into trouble daily. He goes to school and rides a bus. He is a snuggler and a lover. He fights us at a bedtime...is shy around new people...LOVES to sing and dance and has the biggest and best smile around.
Colin certainly faces some challenges, but there are absolutely NONE that he can't overcome. He works really hard to accomplish all of the same skills that may come easier to other kids, but that doesn't mean he can't do it. One of the "bigger" challenges he faces now is learning to communicate, but it's coming along! He sure knows how to let us know when he does or does not want something!
So what does Down Syndrome mean to our family? It means we have been given an amazing opportunity to join a group of people with some very special individuals. We are now part of a wonderful community we would have never known otherwise and are proud to say we are a part of. It means that we help to raise money for the Special Olympics which has already provided so much for Colin.
No matter what, Colin is our son and we are so incredibly proud of him for all that he has done and continues to do. With the support of Colin's family and friends, he WILL do whatever he sets his mind to do!
Happy Down Syndrome awareness month from our family who happens to think we are pretty darn lucky!