October Is...

October is many things. It's my favorite month, with the weather getting cooler and the leaves changing colors. Apples are ripe, pumpkins are orange and the smell of wood smoke is in the air.

October is also Downs Awareness Month. Funny how I didn't even know this a few years ago. One's priorities change when you've been touched. It's also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means so much to so many people. We're blessed that we have not been touched with that, but it's not to say that we don't feel for those who have been.

So in honor of Downs Awareness Month, and our dear son in particular, I've made this shirt. I wanted something that the kids would be proud to wear. Something that would be stylishly in fashion. Something that plainly said "I have Downs and I'm proud of it!" Here's what I came up with.

It's simple, yet the athletic style numbers never go out of style. And it's a great design for both boys or girls. Think how cute this would be on a pink shirt with floral numbers! And just for my readers with other wonderfully dear T21 kids, it's listed in my store. And if you mention this blog I'll give you 20% off.

For those who are journeying through Holland, you know already what it's like. What it entails. How much differently you love this child. How very special they are and how much you've been blessed. How much more work it is, with the frustrations and struggles. And yet you wouldn't change it for the world. For those who aren't touched by this wonderful thing we call T21, here's a little bit of what it's like.

The initial shock is so earth shattering. The pain seems never ending. The confusion is incredible. And yet life goes on. The baby grows. And you realize that the diagnosis is nothing more than a label on one of the most incredible persons you've ever had the pleasure to meet. And you're blessed to be called his parent.

4 comments:

Cecily R said...

The shirt is adorable! What a wonderful, great mom you are! You are a great example to me.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I first read the Journey through Holland piece quite a while ago. It was just as impactful now as it was then. Thanks for reminding me about it.

Karen said...

Weird though it sounds, it was one of the greatest things I'd read when Micah was born. It's perfectly descriptive, and makes you realize that you're not a bad mom for feeling the pain, frustration and even jealousy of "normal" kids.

Michelle said...

great creation! I read Welcome to Holland when Kayla was only a couple weeks old and it really helped me put things in perspective.