Last month was Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Each day I took a picture of Liam and shared a fact about Down syndrome. I just wanted people to see exactly what Down syndrome is and show them that it really isn't something to fear!
Parenting ANY child has its ups and downs, but I just wanted to share Liam's beauty and shatter some misconceptions about Down syndrome. I shared these pictures on Instagram and Facebook, but I wanted to share them on my blog, too!
DAY 1: Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month! The number one thing I want people to know about Liam is that Down syndrome is only a tiny fraction of who he is. He is a happy, healthy, smart boy just like any other. We encourage everyone to look past Down syndrome and discover the individual. Liam is not a "Downs" child and we don't like to hear "I'm sorry" in regards to his diagnosis. We're not sorry! He is Liam and he is loved!
DAY 2: In a recent study, nearly 90% of siblings indicated that they feel like they are better people because of their brother or sister with the developmental disability. I have no doubt that Liam changed Dylan, Lexie, and Lily's outlook on life. Their love for Liam is evident in every picture I take. Even more important, they truly care about everyone. Ability or race isn't even a factor in their thinking!
DAY 3: In 1983, the life expectancy for a person with Down syndrome was only 25. Today, the life expectancy is 60. I have no doubt that number will continue to rise!