At 21-months-old, little Ryan is already checking things off his bucket list. Things like petting a puppy, riding a bike and getting a speeding ticket for going too fast in a hospital, where he spends far too much time.
The United Nations has officially recognized March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day! For those with Down syndrome and the families who love them, it's a hard fought and much celebrated victory.
Dear Ms Ultrasound,
It's a subject that pregnancy books tend to gloss over and prenatal classes frequently choose to ignore -- the possibility that you might give birth to anything other than a picture-perfect baby. Consequently, those couples that do end up giving birth to babies with special needs can find themselves feeling shocked and alone.
The "R" word. Well, that's progress. At least we are calling it the "R" word, suggesting the entire word should not be spoken aloud. Retard. Retarded. As in, "I'm so retarded." "What a retard." Bantered about without much forethought--by most. It hurts those of us who have children who are, in fact, mentally retarded.