Saturday, March 21, 2009

Celebrating a 'Lil Something Extra

Why today?


People without Ds have 46 chromosomes.

People with Ds have 47, the extra being a third copy of the 21st chromosome.

The most common form of the condition is therefore known as Trisomy 21, though many more people call it "Down syndrome" after John Langdon Down who first described the characteristics in 1866.

Today is March 21 or 3-21. What better day to claim to celebrate and help clear up common misconceptions associated with T21/Ds?

So, if you can, celebrate someone with Ds today. If that someone is in your house, give them an extra hug from me.

If you can't, know that clicking on either of those links is doing something. By you reading here and increasing your knowledge of Ds/T21, you are helping to smash the stereotypes even if you don't realize it.

Each One, Reach One, Teach One.

We thank you.

And here's another 'lil something extra from the days before I started this blog, just because:

12 days old

5 months old

10 months old


Tricia said...

I know where Melea gets her pretty face from! :)

Oh. But in that last picture, at first I thought that bush in the background was your hair and I was like, "Woo, she used to wear her hair high!"


Stacy said...

Happy World DS Day!! I found your blog through 5 minutes for special needs and I'm glad I did, I loved seeing your beautiful daughter :) I have twins boys with DS that I'm celebrating today.

Lacia said...

Happy world Down syndrome day!

And gosh is she ever a CUTIE!

Lund7 said...

Just found your blog. Your daughter is so precious!!!

AZ Chapman said...

nice pics happy ds day

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

You have an award waiting for you on my blog! :)

Hector and Jennifer Varanini Sanchez said...

Oh gosh she is sooooo cute!!!!

Michelle said...

I LOVE The baby pics!!! But even more, I love that Tricia thought you had REALLY big hair. Hahaha I needed a laugh this morning :)

Michelle said...

oh I love those pictures! I really hope we get to meet one day, I just want to squeeze her she's so adorable!