There hasn't actually been a great deal for me to write about Rosie's progress this past week other than the fact she's babbling more than ever which is just wonderful to listen to – so entertaining, I wish I could bottle it up and save it for rainy days, I've captured a bit of it on video which will have to do! I've also been busy concentrating on a couple of ideas I've had in a bid to help eliminate common mis-conceptions often associated with DS, a little series of photos/posters I'm calling, 'Things I've taught my Daddy'.
It's always been important to me since I started The Future's Rosie that I don't come across as 'preaching from a moral high ground'. The reason I wanted to write in the first place (apart from getting things off my chest) was to help inform others what life is really like raising a child with Down's syndrome (DS). The drive to inform didn't come from other people's mis-conceptions but rather from my own ill informed pre-conceived ideas and total lack of knowledge. I was shockingly ignorant to many things relating to DS. It all seems so obvious now.
I don't expect the world to just change their perceptions overnight simply because I now have a child with DS, BUT I can hopefully play my part (no matter how small), through The Future's Rosie etc to help shift the way one or two people think and who knows, maybe someone reading this blog might one day find themselves facing a similar situation and feel better equipped to deal with it. I'm sure, upon reflection, when we were first told Rosie had DS had I been more aware and focussed on what it is rather than what it isn't – what I'd gain rather than what I thought I'd lost then my initial shock and fear would have been far less great.
So in a bid to do a bit more away from the blog to raise positive awareness I've put together a couple of visuals which I hope can gently inform people without patronising them. There are many thoughts associated with Down's syndrome that are in fact 'myths'. I've included the images/posters below and would be delighted should you wish to grab them and download for sharing around social media sites or blogs etc.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support. x