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Happy World Down Syndrome Day (3-21)

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 in Down Syndrome, The Fam

It’s 3/21 – World Down Syndrome Day (in honor of the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome)

Perhaps we will celebrate by ordering framed portraits of our family karyotypes. How crazy is this – the other day I stumbled across a biologist/artist who makes custom artwork out of photographs of DNA. I’d be totally interested in seeing what our karyotypes look like. He sends out a kit to sample a few drops of blood from which he’ll later produce and separate chromosomes. He uses a special camera attached to a microscope to take a Cell Portrait that presumably you’d hang above your fireplace (I’m not so sure about that). I guess there’s a market for people who want to in some way immortalize a piece of their loved ones (and apparently also pets).

In reality, this is the first time I’ve actually paid attention to this day arriving on the calendar. And really, I paid attention this year because I have my radar out for the anniversary of the day we first found out our baby would have Down Syndrome (3/23/2010) – how bizarre that the two days are so close.

Maybe we’ll just get dolled up and take a stroll around the block (because that’s our favorite these days).

This was before a new hairdo and after we painted toenails. She kept saying “so pretty” over and over.

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He loves to pull the wagon, but won’t let me ride! C’mon.
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Field day at the park…this boy loves the big kid playgrounds.

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Have a beautiful Spring weekend!

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