Welcome to October, also known as Down Syndrome Awareness Month! I am so happy you've come to check out the blog because I have so much about Colin I'd love to share over the course of the next month. Today's post is all about introducing (or re-introducing) Colin to you.
Colin is a 6 year old little boy with Down Syndrome, or Trisomy 21. Down Syndrome is a genetic condition in which all of the cells in the body have an extra copy of chromosome 21. This added chromosome alters development and causes some of the common characteristics known to people with Down Syndrome. We didn't know that Colin had Down Syndrome until his birth and that fact initially scared us. However, from where we stand 6 years later, I can only assure you that he has changed our life in so many profound ways and we are better people because of him.
Colin is happy, loving, funny, spunky, athletic and empathetic towards others' feelings. His favorite food is vanilla ice cream and cottage cheese with strawberries. He loves playing and watching sports, especially soccer, basketball and baseball. He loves being with his family most of all. He is currently in Kindergarten (repeating) and has a very busy after school activity schedule. He loves singing and dancing and has a great ability of memorizing the lyrics to songs.
We want people to know after this week that Colin is like most 6 year old little boys but we also want people to recognize that he has challenges that make aspects of life more difficult than those same peers. I look forward to sharing this next month with you!