Lately, I've been thinking a lot about my blog--you can probably tell because I've been changing backgrounds, layouts, etc constantly! Even more than all that, I've been thinking about the whole point of it. In the beginning, this blog was supposed to be a way to share pictures and stories of the boys with family and friends, to keep an online scrapbook of sorts--a "mommy blog" as it's referred too. But after we received Miss Banana's diagnosis, I'd been thinking about changing it...making it more of an advocacy blog--with info about Down syndrome and my thoughts/experiences with people. I am so inspired by the other wise parents that blog about Down syndrome and I hope that I can inspire others as well. As I pondered that idea for awhile, I decided that wouldn't be fair to the boys to have them ignored and I know that some of my readers aren't that interested in my thoughts on Down syndrome, so I put that idea on the back burner, and haven't posted as much about Down syndrome as I would have liked. Then I thought, maybe I should just set up a second blog with all my Down syndrome ideas...which I almost did. But the more I thought about that, the more that didn't sit well with me either. The whole point of advocating for Miss Banana is to have her included, so setting up a separate blog to talk about her and her extra chromosome seemed counterproductive. And so in the end, I have decided that the whole point of my blog is: All of the Above. Miss Banana's diagnosis didn't change the need for people to see pictures and have updates about our daily lives, it just added a little bit more to what I need to blog about. Miss Banana's life isn't seperate from mine or Dr. Corn's or T-Man's or Fearless'...our lives are inextricably connected--to divide our stories and experiences with her from the rest of our goings on, would be impossible. And so my blog will continue as before, although now, there will be a little bit more. My blog will still update family and friends but there will also be a little bit more of ways and ideas to promote inclusion and acceptance of my daughter, to provide hope to new mothers receiving their baby's diagnosis of Down syndrome, to show how we work together, we play together, we struggle together, we learn together. And most importantly for everyone to know that throughout it all, we are a family! And that my friends, is the point.
I'm a Midwestern girl who's lived in Missouri, Utah, Missouri again, Nebraska, Mississippi and Iowa. This is my story of life with my farmer-turned-professor husband, two exceptional little boys, and one extraordinary little girl who happens to have Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. The stories you are about to read are all real; I couldn't make it up if I tried.