Today has been pretty average. Maybe a little busier than usual, but right now Brady is down for a nap (at least we'll see if he stops talking to himself soon), dinner is cooking in the crockpot, zucchini chips are baking in the oven, and the dishwasher is almost ready to be unloaded. This means I have a few minutes to blog.
Today, I'm thinking about "normal" and "average" a bit. It was something that worried me at first. Will our life ever be easy and normal once Ada is here? Will we have average days like this? These were some of my concerns until I met a family that our genetics counselor connected us with. They live in our area and have a 5 year old son and a daughter who is a few months older than Brady. She also has Down syndrome. We actually spent some time with her and her mom today at the local library storytime. In so many ways, she and her family have shown me that Down syndrome is not in the forefront of their life. She is just like a "typical" toddler. Yes, she has extra therapy and doctors appointments, but every day for their family seems to be very similar to what every day is for us. Spending time with her and her family has really helped us out a lot. Plus, now we have more friends in the area with children the same age as ours. Did I mention her mom is due with her third one month after Ada is due?
I've decided I will devote some time this month to reading other blogs for 31 for 21. I obviously don't have time to read them all because there are over 150 last I saw. I (somewhat) randomly selected 8 of these blogs and figure I will read at least these blogs throughout this month. I'm going to create a list on the side of the blogs I selected to read. It truly helps to read others blogs and feel like I can know (at least a little bit) about what I may be expecting in our future. I also have added my favorite links to the side bar. These links are blogs and other resources that I found helpful in the few weeks after my prenatal diagnosis and continue to find helpful now.