Labels

Okay so.

My last blog was started September 19, 2013, and last updated September 29. Then I forgot about it for over three months. Whoops.

I’m going to continue that one because it’s something that I would like to reread in the future, and I still want to post it, but I wanted to apologize to everyone who said they were going to follow my blog, only to have me stop blogging after one post!

I will finish my original post tonight, with a break between when I started and now.

We got a new computer for Christmas, so I’m hoping that makes it easier to spend some time on here, and Thatcher actually has a good bedtime routine happening, so I should start having some time to blog in the future.

I can’t promise what I will blog about. There are a lot of blogs out there about Down Syndrome, and I guess that’s kind of what mine will be about. Except that really, that’s not all that my little family is about. I have found that in my four months of being a mama, the thing that annoys me the most is when people send me articles, posts, blogs about kids with DS. Now, close friends of mine might send me things sometimes, and that is okay. They screen them and figure out what I might like. And I have a few blogs I like to follow, about families with kids with DS. That is also okay. But what really grinds my gears? When people I went to high school or college with send me links about kids with DS, and they haven’t even talked to me in five years! What is that?!

I have a hard time getting into words what I think is wrong with this, but I will try.

Basically, there is a Facebook group I follow called Lose the Label (https://www.facebook.com/Losethelabel). Their campaign is basically about how people with Down Syndrome are just that – people. They happen to have Down Syndrome, but that is not their defining characteristic. They are just regular people first and foremost. I feel like, when randoms who I haven’t talked to in a zillion years message me links and photos and videos, that they have forgotten this, or that they are not aware. They don’t know that we are just a normal family. Thatcher is a normal baby. Does he have Down Syndrome? Yes. Is he different than any other baby? No. We do normal mama/baby things all day. We get up, we snuggle, get dressed, do tummy time, eat. He has his bath every night and I sing a ridiculous song I made up that makes him laugh, and he goes to bed. Everything in between is normal too. Yes, we have an OT come to our house every few weeks. And we have seen a few specialists. But honestly? That’s once in a while stuff. In our every day life, we are boring, run of the mill people. Just a mama and her beautiful baby bird, who amazes me every day with the things that he has accomplished and the strength and personality that he has. No matter what his chromosomes say, that is what we would be. We are not different, and I don’t expect to be treated that way. I don’t appreciate being labelled “That girl whose baby has Down syndrome.” I am the girl with the beautiful baby with slate/blue eyes, and wonderful, gummy smile, and the chubbiest cheeks in the world. That’s all.

So, now that I’ve been lost on a tangent, yes, I might post some things about DS. I might post some things about my crazy dogs being lunatics. I’ll post places we go, things we see. But mostly, I’ll just post about my beautiful, bouncing baby bird.

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