Sorry to barge in here, I was in this DDC but had a miscarriage. I find myself wandering over here still to see how everyone is doing.
To the OP, I am sorry that you are having these concerns about your baby's health. I hope you find out more that puts you at ease.
I am the mother of a wonderful boy who is almost 3 yrs old and he happens to have Down syndrome. He is a joy in our family and to those that meet him. I have honestly not had one negative reaction to him in his life. When we go out, people always comment on what a cutie pie he is. The community has many resources available to him and I expect him to have a very good, fulfilling life. Yes, people with Down syndrome have certain challanges they face but it is a diagnosis that has a broad range of abilities too. I know people with Down syndrome that drive cars, hold jobs, live independently, pay taxes, travel, take cruises, have swam across the English Channel, teach karate, are record holding weightlifters, play in bands, are a concert pianist, and so much more.
And I alos want to repeat what the PP wrote, this is offensive:
|Down's children really are special.
My child is NOT a "Down's child." He is a person that has Down syndrome. He also has blond hair and blue eyes. Ds is 1/47th of his chromosones, it does not define his entire personality.
Should you or anyone lese that reads this find out your child has Ds, here are a few wonderful resources for you to read:DownSyn Info and Message BoardGifts: Mother's Reflect on how Children with Down Synrome Enrich their Lives
and because this is so beautiful:Noah and Madison's Wedding
Plus you can click on my siggie and see my little guy.
Best of luck to you.