Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Let's Go Fly a Kite

When I was pregnant with Playette, I belonged to an online forum especially for pregnant women and then joined a group of first-timers due in June 2007 like myself.

That was almost three years ago. To this day, many of those women remain in touch on a daily basis, some even after having their second child.

After Playette was born, I found it hard to stick around and hear about what the 46ers (as in number of chromosomes) were up to while Playette continued to do things in her own time. Then there was also the thing with not wanting to sound all woe-is-me whenever I talked about what was going on with us. I didn't want to make anyone uncomfortable and, let's face it, for many women who are planning to have (more) babies, Ds is a very scary topic. That's not to point out anyone in particular, but if I think back to my pregnancy, I know that "Down syndrome" was always heard in this booming voice in my head, like the worst possible thing that could ever, ever happen.

We all know that's crap, right?

How come I start to post about kites and end up on my soapbox?

This is my life, y'all.

I swear I talk about other things at parties.

And come to think of it, my Ds Awareness magnet isn't even on my car anymore (BD + car wash = no more magnet). If you know where I can get another one cheap, holla at me.

So. Back to the group.

I've met several of the women in my travels. Surprised? Probably not.

And I consider them friends.

So when one mama came with her family to my 'hood, well, we just had to spend some time.

We met them at the beach and below you can see Playette having her first experience with a kite. So cute.

It's great being around other parents sometimes because you can get new ideas. It never crossed my mind to try this with Playette, but now that I know she enjoys it, we have something else to add to our "Things We Can Do" list.

And you know what else? I just liked seeing our kids play together. Sure, her daughter was a few inches taller, but WHO CARES. I don't. Not that day, I didn't. Or today either.

I like days like this.

I like exhaling.


Catherine said...

We love you Chrystal and miss you in our group! Your little one is so precious and cute! I know she and Jaymee had a good time together.

AZ Chapman said...

what fun

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

I was part of a group like that too... it's hard, I know! THEY don't make it hard, WE do... most of the time we make things hardest on ourselves. I'm glad you had a nice day!! :) You can get a Ds ribbon magnet here. :)

Jaime said...

Awww. I love it when our mommies get to meet up. Glad you guys had a good time with your Sweet June Babies. If you're ever in my neck of the woods you'd better look me up! I wanna fly a kite too. :)

Michelle said...

Awww... I love Playette! She's so adorable!!

My kids love kites, too - but I think your scenery is better :)

Mindy said...

Aw, yay, love this post! I hope we all get to meet more of each other along our travels as well! I'm glad most of us still chat with ya on Facebook & on here still too. We miss you!

Hm, I've never thought to fly a kite with Cali either. Guess I should add it to my list too.

Michelle said...

love the last pic; it looks like she is having so much fun!

Cabrinha kiteboard said...

Kiting truly rocks so nice to see you guys enjoying, cute pictures!