Ok…so first I have to apologize. When I wrote the blog earlier today I was angry and upset. It hurt me to see people treating my beautiful girl differently. After having a long discussion with the big kids and my hubby…I understand the situation more. I don’t think the library was just full of mean moms today. I do think Jana made them slightly uncomfortable, but not in the way I took it. If I look back to before we got Jana, I’m sure there were numerous times I made a mama of a special needs child feel the same as I did today. Most people are unsure on how to even start up a conversation with a SN mama. Do they bring up the disability? Do they try to ignore it? Ask questions? Don’t ask questions? There is always a fear of offending someone. That’s whats pretty amazing about kids…they will come right out and ask, and then fully accept the answer. Why do we loose that child like innocence? I’d love for a mama to ask me questions about DS! I’d be happy to share all I know and explain what a blessing Peanut has been to us.
Today wasn’t a learning experience for Peanut…it was for me! I have to gain a tougher skin. I need to be prepared for Jana to sometimes be the outcast. I have to be there to smile and brighten her world, when things seem to tear her down. I need to remember that no everyone is comfortable with difference.
To end your night, I wanted to share this video that was shared on IG. Its kinda funny…but so true!!
Day 20 of 21 day challenge….
Some fun facts for today…
DID YOU KNOW?!
* That 1 in 5 children with DS play a musical instrument? For children older than ten, that number doubles. One of five children with DS sing in a choir or vocal group, for children older than ten, it is every one in three… (Jana already knows how to rock her bell toy 🙂 )
* Two out of every three children with DS like to draw and/or paint pictures
* Approx. 9 out of every 10 individuals with DS listened to someone read a book more than three times a week between the ages 2-5 (Every book I read Jana, she is so amazed by the colors and pictures!)
* Approx. 7 out of 10 children w/ DS use total communication (signs, etc) between the ages of 2-5
* Approx. 7 out of 10 kids with DS saw a speech therapist two or more times a week between the ages of 2 and 5
* Approx. 1 of every 3 children with DS older than ten rides a bike without training wheels
* Seven of every ten individuals with DS older than ten participates on an athletic team through Special Olympics
* Two out of every five individuals with DS participates on an integrated athletic team.
* According to their families, 3 out of 5 individuals with DS know how to operate a computer.
* One of every three individuals with DS older than ten w/ DS reads the daily newspaper on his or her own
* Seven of ten individuals with DS older than 10 read books on their own for personal enjoyment (I struggle getting Mason to do that!)
* One of two children with DS go to school in a mainstreamed class. (My prayer!!)
* 3 of 5 children with DS participate in school activities that are open to all students.
* According to their families, 1 of 5 children with DS talk on the phone with friends more than three times a week. For children older than ten, that number doubles. (Juan’s cousin with DS calls my mother-in-law almost every night at 6 on the dot! Usually without any of his family knowing…lol)
* One of three children with DS write email regularly
* Two of three children with DS over age ten have a boyfriend or girlfriend! (Daddy says after she turns 30)
* Approx. 7 of ten children with DS pray on a regular basis. (Of Course!!)
* According to their families, approx. 7 of 10 individuals with DS imitate characters from a television program or movie
* Approx. 2 of 3 individuals with DS older than 10 prepare their own breakfast each morning.
* Three of four individuals with DS older than 10 make their own bed in the morning.
* One of two individuals with DS (older than 18) work in a non sheltered workplace
* One of five individuals with DS (18 or older) lives on his or her own