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Happy Easter!

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Today Joey had a pretty cool milestone that meant the world to me. As a special needs mom, the littlest thing that your child can do, can be the most amazing thing ever! Especially when they participate and do things “typical” kids do.

Today, Joey gave me the best Easter present ever, he actually hunted his own Easter eggs without any cues from me to pick them up or helping him! Even without tears, he actually was laughing and smiling! He did it all on his own!

There is nothing worse than watching other children having fun, running around picking up Easter eggs and your child not even wanting to participate. I admit, as much as I love watching Leah, Aiden, and other children participate in Easter Egg hunts, deep down it’s always killed me that Joey didn’t want to join in…

This year, he grabbed his basket and took off through the yard picking up his own eggs! Although he may not have gotten as many eggs as Leah & Aiden, and they purposefully skipped over some so Jojoe would have some to get, he had a decent a amount in his basket.

One small step for man, one giant leap for Joey!




First trip of the season to the park!


With warmer weather, comes one of our favorite things to do, go to the park!

As my best friend and I sat on a bench and watched the kids play, we noticed a little girl with Down syndrome, probably 2-3 years old playing with either a sibling or cousin, along with a few other adults. They were Asian and didn’t appear to speak much English. Watching the little girl brought back so many memories of Joey when he was that age. Her little waddle as she walked, the way she squatted down to the ground without using her hands (I know other DS parents know the squat I’m talking about), and the way she clapped her hands together… It all reminded me of Joey as a toddler.

I’m just super grateful for the nice days we can go out and enjoy the weather once again! I look forward to even more trips to the park where the kids and play and just be kids.

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning…They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play.” ~ Fred Rogers