Did you know that October is National Down Syndrome Awareness month? I didn’t know that until Charlie was born and I’m going to guess that you didn’t either. Yes, I do realize that it is still September and October is a few weeks away, but in the magazine world their cycle is about one month ahead.
Parenting Magazine and BabyTalk – are both national parenting magazines that consistently promote and raise awareness about Down syndrome in their October issues. I wanted to share this with you because they are the only national parenting magazines that recognize our children who have Down syndrome. In fact, last year BabyTalk had a baby with Down syndrome featured on the October cover. I can assure you that until Trig Palin, not many publications had the courage to feature a baby that may look a little bit different and I think Parenting and BabyTalk should be applauded.
As part of Down syndrome awareness month, BabyTalk is currently promoting an online photo album of babies and toddlers with Down syndrome. I can’t get enough photos of the cuties shown. And our little Charlie was one of the babies featured! I highly recommend checking out some of the photos and various albums – what beautiful babies and proud families!
Also included in the October issue in Parenting Magazine is an article featuring a family and their four-month old daughter who has Down syndrome. I think it is another great story of how a family although initially shocked – has turned the corner and can’t imagine life without their darling baby daughter.
When it is really October (not just in the magazine world) I’m planning on running a few new posts similar to the “Learning a Little about Down syndrome” that I posted when I first started this blog (as well as the “Part Two.” ) There is lots of exciting new research (yes, research) on Down syndrome, and I also wanted to do a post on some of the features/characteristics and medical conditions that are sometimes common in those with Down syndrome. There is much more to Down syndrome than that obvious distinct facial features and I would love to have those that love our little guy, know more about the things that make him unique.