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The “Before I’m About To Cry” Face - The “Talking” Face - “The Protruberant Tongue” - “Hand To Mouth Milestone”

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This guy dances all over the exam table! But check out his stats!! He gained a whole TWO pounds in a month! Just so you know, that is some pretty good growth for a kid with DS and heart defect. I was expecting him to weigh in at about 9 and a half pounds or so - especially since he’s been kind of eating funny, like he forgot what to do, not eating as fast. He is talking a lot more, smiling more - like big ones! 😄 He has put his hands together for a little while and even put his hand in his mouth. He is focusing on his toys hanging on his swing and has reached for the side of it. His neck muscles are getting there, still wobbly with holding his head up. He looks when we talk to him and his favorite person to talk to is big sister Cookie. She always gets a response out of him and everyone else sometimes has to try a few times! 🤟🏼💙💛

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The Protruberant Tongue. There are a few different reasons why babies with Down Syndrome, I’d say the main reason for Ryan is hypotonia - as he needs chin and cheek support when feeding. He’s doing better than when he was a newbie. I usually only have to support now when he needs to be reminded to finish his bottle or he lets his formula sit in his cheek and drain out. Not fun. One little nudge of the chin will get him moving again. Literally, you feel like one hand is doing 5 things when feeding and once you learn the way to hold the bottle one handed, you’ve mastered this. I believe it. Lol. Anyway, Ryan’s always got his little tongue sticking out. #DidYouKnow • • • • • #betterwithyou #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #DSawareness #dsdn #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #ryanplus1 #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #babymodel #chdawareness #chdwarrior

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Our Ryan is TWO months today! Official two month pic coming Monday after his appointment so we all can see how much our guy has grown!! He’s doing new things and I’m excited for that post coming Monday! For now, here’s a pic of Ryan yawning. Typical. • • • • • #betterwithyou #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #DSawareness #dsdn #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #ryanplus1 #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #babymodel #chdawareness #chdwarrior #ellenratemybaby

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#DidYouKnow that approximately 40 to 60 percent of all infants with Down Syndrome have some type of heart defect. Ryan has a Tetralogy of Fallot, which is a heart defect with four characteristics: a hole between the bottom two chambers (VSD), an overriding aorta (the larger artery taking blood to the body is on top of both ventricles, instead of just the left), pulmonary stenosis (a narrow pulmonary valve, carries blood from the heart to the lungs), and hypertrophy (the right ventricle becomes thicker and more muscular than normal from working harder to pump blood through the narrow pulmonary valve). Babies with Down syndrome also have smaller mid facial areas, including nasal and sinus passages, contributing to more colds and sinus infections. Some babies with Down syndrome may have a decreased immune response to bacteria and viruses. We don’t want him to catch even the slightest cold and earn a hospital stay. All that being said! I got this random package in the mail today with this awesome stop sign for his stroller/car seat! If I said to just not breathe in this area it would be perfect, but I guess that might be too harsh. I am a little coocoo when it comes to him getting sick. I almost flipped a table over the other day when a random lady just started talking all up in his stroller. So I’m super thankful that this neat little thing came today!

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The fact that Ryan even acknowledged the toys in front of his face is a milestone! I was too excited when he even grabbed the side of his swing today. Wasn’t the toy but at least he reached for something!! Thank you Ryan! You’re awesome! And he was really talking a lot today! 🤪🤩... • • • • • #betterwithyou #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #DSawareness #dsdn #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #ryanplus1 #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #babymodel #chdawareness #chdwarrior #milestones

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We wish everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2018 bring you love, luck, and happiness :) #HappyNewYear2018 #HappyNewYear #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 #DownSyndrome

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Christmas is all about the family photos. Winter is here and so is festive cheer! From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!!! #DownRightCute #DownSyndrome #MerryChristmas #Christmas #family #downrightcute21

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Literally growing in front of my eyes. His clothes aren’t swallowing him and looks like a big kid sleeping unswaddled. His sisters are out of school for Christmas break, so the photo opps are less now. Also, I don’t want him to think my phone is my actual face and he just hears a random voice. He’s still 8 pounds, but still gaining. 😍 • • • • • #212121 #betterwithyou #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #DSawareness #dsdn #iheartT21 #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #brandrepsearch #ryanplus1 #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21 #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21

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Yesterday was a pretty busy day! I didn’t get to make a post! 😕 So we had our one month check up! And everything is looking good. We weren’t able to get the shot he needs for RSV season so - quarantine. Nobody can breathe on Ryan. 🙅🏻‍♀️ He’s steadily gaining weight, which is good! He’s 8 pounds and an ounce now! I didn’t get to get an exam room pic because my phone decided that’s when it should do an update, how convenient. 😑 I was exhausted yesterday! So I made up for it and slept half the day away today. ☺️ Swipe to see who was holding their pacifier in yesterday! Hand to mouth movement. 😍💙💛 • • • • • #212121 #betterwithyou #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #dsdn #iheartT21 #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #brandrepsearch #ryanplus1 #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21 #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21

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Winter walk at the zoo today. It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas #valleyzoo #winteriscoming #winterstroll #winterwalk #bravethecold #downsyndrome #downrightcute #downrightcute21

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Let me tell you about this picture. It all started the night before, Ryan just wanted to gaze into my eyes all night. I just wanted to sleep. Yea, I was mad at a baby! So it Carries on to the next day, when I was SURE he’d take a nap because the little dude was up all night. Nope. And wanted to eat oh I’ll say double! Well, while eating double - HE GOT HIS POOP ON ME! It should have been me wrapped up in a nice towel. I had to take him and dip him in the sink! And to top it all off, he spit up everywhere after! 😑 Today will be better. We were back on good terms by 7PM. Also, it only took me 4 kids to realize baby towels are for swaddling, I think. That’s why they’re like diamond shape. 🤨🤔 Think about it. • • • • • #212121 #betterwithyou #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #dsdn #iheartT21 #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #brandrepsearch #ryanplusone #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21 #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21

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It’s been a few days! Ryan’s been eating and trying to bulk! He has been taking his bottles very well, sometimes I think he even takes them too fast and ends up spitting up all over the place. Which reminds me, I forgot how to change a baby boy diaper; the pee is literally shooting everywhere! I’m actually really tired right now! So, goodnight! Enjoy this sweet guy! • • • • • #212121 #betterwithyou #changingthefaceofbeauty #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #dsdn #iheartT21 #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21 #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #bulkingseason #ryanplusone

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I was in the NICU today - didn’t get there til about 7 tonight, but I made it! And this little guy was wide awake! I told him sorry I was late today. I’m glad he was awake! Today I’m thankful for every single one of those NICU nurses. Just feeding this one is a task and they make it look easy. And that’s just one of many things they do. #Love #HappyThanksgiving 💙💛 • • • • • #212121 #betterwithyou #changingthefaceofbeauty #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #dsdn #iheartT21 #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21 #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #ryanplusone

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Look at this guy! He’s been eating all his bottles but still struggling with gaining weight! So, he’ll have some formula added to his milk to add calories. Feeding him is a job, but he eventually takes it all. 💙💛 P.S. Happy Due Date! Today is his original birthday. Lol. We hope you put on some pounds this Thanksgiving! #HappyThanksgiving • • • • • #212121 #betterwithyou #changingthefaceofbeauty #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #dsdn #iheartT21 #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21 #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #ryanplusone

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It was a nice change to use the sleigh but I sure do miss my stroller. I got rear-ended last week (everyone's fine) and I was unable to retrieve the stroller as the trunk was crushed shut. When life deals you snow, you make...snowballs, snow angels, snow people 😃 #DownRightCute21 #downrightcute

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Because this is Ryan’s ig and it’s all about him. Days 1 and 2 of life and he’s a sleepyhead. Everything on his is monitoring his heart rate, oxygen to his brain and kidneys and oxygen period, how many breaths he takes, body temp, and his feeding tube. His heart defect is called Tetralogy of Fallot (google it). Lol. I did, that’s for sure. Simply put, there is a hole between the bottom two chambers of his heart and the artery taking blood away from his heart is stiff (I guess) and smaller than usual and needs to be bigger. And since there’s a hold between the chambers the oxygen blood and no oxygen blood can be mixing together - no bueno. I’m still learning, so I could say some terminology wrong and something else wrong too. Lol. It’s a lot to learn. The good thing is, he didn’t have to have open heart surgery right away - he can wait a few months. 🙌🏼 So just in time for me to get used to him and then cry all over the place again. Lol. For now, his heart is doing really good and we’re just working on eating. 💙💛 • • • • • #212121 #betterwithyou #changingthefaceofbeauty #chromosomallyenhanced #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downrightperfect #downsyndrome #downsyndromeawareness #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromecutie #downsyndromelife #downsyndromelove #downsyndromemom #downsyndromepride #DS #dsdn #iheartT21 #homiewithanextrachromie #justlikeyou #lifeisbetterwithyou #morealikethandifferent #rockingmyextrachromosome #t21 #t21journey #theluckyfew #trisomy21 #ryanplusone

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"On November 20th, Canada and countries around the world celebrate National Child Day as a reminder of our shared commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The CRC is the most comprehensive treaty in support of children.  It is signed and ratified by more nations than any other human rights document in history, attesting to its global significance and the underlying universal values it upholds. National Child Day is celebrated annually to mark two historic events: the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. There are many reasons to celebrate children, but most of all because children deserve to be recognized as important members of our community." #NCD2017 #RightToBeSafe #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 Celebrate by empowering, engaging, and listening to children in your community. Show your support by wearing royal blue.

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Better to post later than never! I missed posting this on my Instagram! It's a picture of my little one, 8 weeks premature. 1 in 10 babies are born premature worldwide. #DownRightCute21 #downrightcute #worldprematurityday2017 #worldprematurityday

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 31 October 31 The last day of Down Syndrome Awareness Month has challenged me to think about how to engage others and bring awareness about Down Syndrome through education. Loving anyone with or without Down Syndrome is not passive. It is something that is done through action. He brings me happiness and is wonderfully made. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndrome #seetheability #weseetheability #wonderfullymade #downrightperfect #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 #morealikethandifferent

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 30 October 30 There are many words to describe the idea of never giving up. Go-getter, persistence, relentless, enduring, tenacious, determined, etc. There are also, these words; stubborn, ornery unmanageable, etc. The difference is perspective. Parenting ANY child can be challenging and it's your perspective that makes all the difference. Don't believe me? I've never heard anyone say that parenting their toddler, teen, or adolescent has been easy. Research shows that parenting a child with Down Syndrome has positive effects on family and the divorce rate amongst parents is actually lower. https://downrightcute.com/2017/02/what-causes-down-syndrome/ #more-211 Always be positive. See the good. See the ability. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #Seetheability #seethepositive #perspective #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 29 October 29 He brings so much joy into my life. #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 #joy #thelittleextra #extraordinary

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 28 October 28 The world's for you. #changetheworld #worldforyou #idchangetheworldforyou #downsyndrome #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 27 October 27 Education worth sharing. "Researchers found that kids who participated in the program improved in sharing, attention, and empathy. Kindness curriculum participants also saw an improvement in grades when compared with the control group." Teaching acceptance of difference starts young with teaching basic executive functioning skills and empathy. Empathy is complex to teach as it continually develops until age 9 or 10 in typical children. Repeated teachings in kindness is important as it is currently, critically lacking according to ECMapping and CDI measurements (ECMap.ca) I think the benefits of this curriculum can extend into acceptance of those with disabilities, in schools. What is awareness? Pathway to Acceptance: Cultural & Disability Awareness-> Cultural & Disability Sensitivity-> Cultural & Disability Understanding-> Cultural & Disability Intelligibility ==> #weseetheability #seetheability #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwareness #PathwaytoAcceptance #morealikethandifferent #humanneeds #DownSyndrome #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 25 October 25 Play is essential for development, inclusion matters! #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #InclusionMatters #LetsPlay #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 24 October 24 I'd rather have a messy house than clean one at the moment. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndrome #messyhomesarehappyhomes #DSMomlife #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 23 October 23 Despite the gains of disability awareness, people still use the R-WORD. To support disabilities and Down Syndrome awareness, if you have not yet, make the pledge to stop using the R-word. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DisabilityAwareness #rword #takethepledge #spreadthewordtoendtheword #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 22 October 22 The one thing they never tell you about Down Syndrome is the immense amount of love you will have for your baby. (Carter's sleeper) #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndrome #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 #tothemoonandback #iloveyoutothemoonandback #cartersbaby #carters @carters

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 21 October 21 Inclusion of those persons who are different from us will only happen with acceptance. Acceptance will be achieved only when knowledge and understanding are in action. Knowledge and understanding will not occur unless we listen empathically without judgement. This is how we become AWARE. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #KEY #inclusion #acceptance #knowledgeintoaction #Awareness #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 20 October 20 Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby. What no one tells you, is that the process is challenging for all moms. It can take up to two months to have breastfeeding established and running smoothly. This is for the average babe without challenges. It is even more challenging if your babe has a condition of low muscle tone such as #DownSyndrome. But I am here to tell you, IT IS POSSIBLE. I LIVE IT. Free support is available through La Leche League, an international organization supporting moms to breastfeed no matter what your philosophy is on breastfeeding or if you are using formula. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #breastfeeding #lowmuscletone #itispossible #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 #LaLecheLeague #LLL #eatlocal

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2017 Day 19 October 19 My baby has Down Syndrome. It is not who he is. He is a person first. Taking the scenic route with him has unlocked so much love and hope in my life. I wouldn't change anything about him in the world, but I will change the world for him. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndrome #loveandhope #twinkletwinklelittlestar #littlestar #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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#DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth Day 18 October 18 Its true, I have features that look like Down Syndrome. But mostly, I look more like my Mom and Dad. #DownSyndromeAwareness2017 #ilooklikemomanddad #downsyndrome #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #dearfuturemom

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October 17 Day 17 #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth Teaching a new skill to someone with Down Syndrome can be challenging. It can be helpful to remind yourself that you are meeting them at their developmental age, not chronological age. And repeat, repeat, repeat with loving encouragement. #copying #teaching #DownSynrome #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 16 October 16 A development and speech delay does not equate to a smaller range of reactions or emotions. People with Down Syndrome have feelings #justlikeyou They experience everything you I feel. The difference is that they may communicate it differently. They have #HumanNeedsNotSpecialNeeds #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 15 October 15 is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Rememberence and Awareness Day. I am thankful for my miracle baby, Baby B. There was a hospitalization he had that was a close call. But today, I will not post a picture of him. Today is for my friend's baby. I remember my friend's baby who had Down Syndrome. He lived overnight after birth in the NICU and he died being held by his parents. Today, I remember all the babies, including those with disabilities that didn't survive pregnancy, birth, and beyond. At 7pm worldwide in all time zones, a candle is lit for an hour in recognition of pregnancy and infant loss awareness day. #pregnancyandinfantloss #rememberingALLbabies #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2017 Day 14 October 14 What is it to love someone with Down Syndrome? Love doesn't count chromosomes Love is Limitless Love knows no bounds Love is acceptance Love is inclusion Love is diversity Love is a willingness to learn Love is to change and face challenges Love is persistance, not stubbornness Love is truth Love is faith Love is brave Love is strong Love is me And most importantly, LOVE IS YOU 💗 #DownSyndromeAwareness #DownSyndromeAwareness2017 #Loveis #LoveDoesntCountChromosomes #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2017 Day 13 October 13 Dear Future Mom, I know how you feel. I felt the same way. I have been on the path that you are just beginning. Everything will be ok. When you meet your child for the very first time, look in their eyes. One look in their eyes, the window of their soul, and you'll be lost forever with your love for them. The months you spent learning about Down Syndrome will be gone. You won't notice it anymore. All you will notice and see, is love. Meet you at the end of the path, Sabrina #loveisintheeyes #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #everythingwillbeok #dearfuturemom #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 12 October 12 I found out my baby had Down Syndrome when I was pregnant. Too many times people would say nothing or worse, "I'm sorry". As a result, I was worried that when he would be born, no one would visit him or accept him. When he was born, the best thing anyone told me was that he was beautiful. And they were right. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #notsorry #congratulations #beautiful #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 11 October 11 Today, this guy did many firsts. First to pull himself to standing, first to sit up straight, and first to balance on his pony! So proud of him! When assessing the abilities of children with Down Syndrome, it is important we compare them to children at the same cognitive (mental) age and not actual age. When you do this, children with Down Syndrome have the same motivation or persistence as other children at the same cognitive (mental age) as them. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #morealikethandifferent #justlikeyou #persistence #motivation #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 @lifewithds think you'll like this!

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 10 October 10 Contrary to how people with Down Syndrome were treated 30 years ago, people with Down Syndrome are social just like the average person. As with any delay, not only Down Syndrome, positive social interactions and inclusion are vital to the developing child. Such interactions can improve society's view on Down Syndrome and make those with Down Syndrome interact and participate in society better. #inclusionnotexclusion #inclusivity #JustLikeYou #socialinclusion #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month Day 8 October 8 Some things that come with Down Syndrome don't cause any pain, where the "treatment" is no different than what is recommended for you #justlikeyou #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #hypotonia #muscletraining #musclestrengthening #flexibility #weights #grossmotor #grossmotordevelopment #coremusclestrength #downsyndrome #ds #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2017 Day 7 Inclusive education is vital to accepting those who are different October 7 I've been wanting to write a blog about this for a while but couldn't wait. Meet Allen. He's a new kid visiting Caillou's class for the day. Allen plays well with the other kids in his class but they notice that he can't do some things the way the other children can. If you are one of those people that don't like Caillou, the way Caillou helps his friend Allen might change your mind about the show. Caillou models really well how to play and integrate his new friend with Down Syndrome, into the classroom. It is not clear that Allen has Down Syndrome until it is clarified by an adult. It's the only episode with Allen in it. I wish there were more. So when I saw this Halloween costume for Baby B, I had to get it. I hope the day Baby B starts preschool, he finds a friend like Caillou. #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #Caillou #DownSyndrome #CalliouandtheDragon #dragon #Allen #Allan #inclusiveclassrooms #inclusiveeducation #downrightcute #downrightcute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2017 Day 6 October 6 Our first time at the dentist was a piece of cake! Appointments can be fun! #DSMomlife Did you know? Some studies show that people with Down Syndrome are at a lesser risk of getting cavities! Just like everyone else though, people with DS have to brush and floss daily to prevent periodontal disease. #nocavities #firsttimetothedentist #hockeyrubberduck #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeawarenessmonth2017 #DownRightCute21 #downrightcute

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month My #Momlife and #Familylife is more alike than different Day 5 October 5 My life caring for my #NICUSuperhero with Down Syndrome is a lot similar to other new moms. -We breastfeed...we still breastfeed -We are an on-the-go family -We playdate -We momgroup -We swap and shop -We travel -We do this like laundry; wash, rinse, and repeat #DSMomlife #DSFamilylife #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwareness2017 #morealikethandifferent #betterwithyou #seetheability #weseetheability #dontscreenusout #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 @cdndownsyndrome

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@cdndownsyndrome Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2017 with the Hazzies family Day 4 I invite you to join me by posting your Momlife and Familylife moment with #DSMomlife #DSFamilylife Parenting a Child With Down Syndrome --> My Momlife and Familylife Is More Alike Than Different October 4 Whether you are pregnant or just gave birth, the question "How will my other child react to their sibling with Down Syndrome?" will come up. The answer is with the same love that you show for that child. Children are innocent and do not notice difference. The only difference they know is what they are taught. Children look to you to see how you behave in any situation. Having Baby B has taught my kids to have more patience, more kindness, and more empathy. They are thrilled with their little brother and celebrate all his successes with me. My #momlife and #familylife is more alike than different. #DSMomlife #siblingwithdownsyndrome #DSFamilylife #childrencopywhattheysee #weseetheabililty #seetheability #betterwithyou #morealikethandifferent #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth2017 #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month October 2 Life of a Mom with a child who has Down Syndrome is different, yet they are so similar in so many ways #DSMomlife #Momlife #morealikethandifferent #DownRightCute #DownRightCute21 #buckletheyoungestinfirst #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I will be posting daily, to bring awareness and educate others about Down Syndrome. October 3 "Don't underestimate me" He may be delayed in some areas of professional opinion but not in determination and creativity of play. Like any toddler, he climbed and played with the dirt in this potted plant at Grandpa's house. Sorry Grandpa! It reminds me to not underestimate his abilities because he is more alike than different. #dontunderestimateme #morealikethandifferent #playingwithdirt #needasensorybin #seetheability #betterwithyou #downsyndromebaby #downsyndrome #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #DSMomlife

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Last night, we were watching #Netflix for family movie night. I was so into the movie, I nearly missed this moment. He must of watched what his siblings were doing with this or did it all on his own! Either way, looks like I won't be the only left-handed one in the family anymore! I can hope :) #familymovienight #learningthealphabet #copyingwhathesaw #alphabettoy #sittingup #proudmom #downsyndrome #downsydromebaby #morealikethandifferent #lifeisbetterwithyou #lovethisbabyofmine #downrightcute #downrightcute21

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BTS-Back To School Calender planning. I gave this guy a small sheet of stickers to look at, thinking that he does not have the fine motor pincher grasp yet to remove the stickers. Boy, did he show me! #stickerfun #stickers #itseverywhere #fasterthanithought #finemotorskills #motorskills #Downsyndrome #downsyndromebabymilestones #morealikethandifferent #seetheability #isawtheability #lifeisbetterwithyou #iheartt21 #surprisedme #innocenteyes #lovethisbabyofmine #backtoschoolcalendar #backtoschool #downrightcute #downrightcute21

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Our last night vacationing in beautiful Florida and it appears someone is dreaming of #kungfufighting #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #lifeisbetterwithyou #dreaming #babysleeping #babycuteness

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Look who thinks he can climb stairs! He has really been exploring the house these past two weeks. Especially the kitchen :) #downsyndromebabymilestones #downsyndrome #downsyndromebaby #climbingstairs #onthemove #needbabygates #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #lifeisbetterwithyou #thedonordifference

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My two oldest kids have been so helpful and loving towards their littlest brother. They look out for him, talk to him and play with him. I'd like to say I am so lucky but really, Baby B is. I'm convinced that the reason that he babbles so much and will take turns babbling when you babble to him, is because of these two. Raising 4 kids, there are no silent moments and for now, I'm happy for the unrelenting noise I hear from morning to night. Missing: The Lone Ranger, my very sneaky 3 old. #siblinglove #theluckyfew #playtimeisspeechtime #encouragingpositiverelationships #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downsyndrome #ahappyhomeisanoisyhome

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So, everytime I put this guy in his crib, he makes so much noise and babbling. Why? Because he is a baby contortionist, that's why. It is tempting to go out and buy a baby bumper pad for the crib, but I don't. Baby bumper pads are a suffocation hazard for children and not recommended, even when they are mobile-as he clearly is. So there you have it, a Canadian baby pretzel, lol #babycontortionist #babypretzel #nobumperpads #norisk #IlearnedmyEhBCsinCanada #Canada150 #downsyndrome #downsyndromebaby #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #thumbsucker #downmagazine

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Where'd he go?! He moved so quickly and I couldn't see him, so I just followed the babbling 🤣 He is getting faster everyday! #babyhidenseek #hidenseek #hiding #crawler #downsyndrome #downsyndromebaby #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #followthenoise #followthebabbling #downsyndromebabymilestones

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Found this gem at Granville Island Kids Market in BC. It's a toy octopus and is such a good toy for preemies, newborns, and babies. The tentacles mimic the in-utero umbilical cord play of babies and can help calm and soothe babies. For safety: Ensure that the tentacles are no longer than 6 inches in length when stretched, all tentacles are attached to a single anchor point, and never leave baby alone with any toy unsupervised while awake or asleep. Learn more: https://www.spruttegruppen.dk/danish-octo-project-english/ http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/27/health/premature-babies-crochet-octopus-nicu/index.html #octopus #tentacles #octopustoy #sensory #sensoryplay #tactileplay #calmmybaby #soothemybaby #crying #colic #purplecrying #purplecryingperiod #prems #preemies #prematurebaby #NICU #umbilicalcord #danishoctoproject #downsyndrome #downsyndromebaby #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #granvilleisland #granvilleislandkidsmarket #kidsmarket #BC #BritishColumbia #BCferries #mrsgrippits

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Baby B is learning to sit and no longer falls over when propped into a corner. In order to sit, babies need to build their core strength and they do this by having lots of floor time. Floor time to roll, flip, lift, etc. He is 13 months now and can roll over in both directions from tummy to back and vice versa, pivot in a circle while on his tummy, can do the downward dog yoga pose and leap forward, and "the swim" position. He also leans ahead and flops forward. He doesn't always like his "baby physio", as in this picture, he looks unimpressed. But it needs to get done :) #babyphysio #learntosit #babymilestones #downsyndromebabymilestones #downsyndromebaby #downsyndrome #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #babycorestrength

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I've been so busy, I almost missed the submission for my own idea 😳 Well, now that school is ending, so is the chaos! Our Canada Includes Kindness and Generosity, Happy 150th Canada! #MyCanada #Canada150 #canada150 #downsyndrome #downsyndromebaby #downsyndromeawareness #MyCanadaIncludes #cdss #edss #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #kindnessandgenerosity #canadabirthday #canadaday #canadaday2017 #canada #Canadiandownsyndromesociety #canadian #MyCanadaIncludesAnExtraChromosome

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I heard lots of talking and had to find out why. This guy is just a cornucopia of cuteness! #downrightcute #downrightcute21 #downsyndrome #downsyndromebaby #babyinabasket #atisketatasketbabyinabasket #basketofcuteness

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This guy finally has developed enough core strength from rolling on the floor, to be able to sit in his Bumbo and not fall forward. He likes sitting at his activity table :) #Bumbofun #Bumbo #bumboseat #activitytable #BrightStarts #Downsyndromebaby #downsyndromemilestones #downsyndrome #downrightcute #downrightcute21

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