Weekly Photo Challenge: {Down}

I recently followed http://noahsdad.com/ and the story of baby Noah who was born with Down’s Syndrome. This weekly photo challenge is an opportunity to let others know of parents and families with special needs and how typical their children are in a lot of ways.

The future looks bright for baby Noah. Follow his story at: http://noahsdad.com/target-down-syndrome/

Down syndrome (DS), also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. It affects about 1 in every 800 babies born in the United States.

What Causes It?

Normally, at the time of conception a baby inherits genetic information from its parents in the form of 46 chromosomes: 23 from the mother and 23 from the father. In most cases of Down syndrome, a child gets an extra chromosome 21 — for a total of 47 chromosomes instead of 46. It’s this extra genetic material that causes the physical features and developmental delays associated with DS.Although no one knows for sure why DS occurs and there’s no way to prevent the chromosomal error that causes it, scientists do know that women age 35 and older have a significantly higher risk of having a child with the condition. At age 30, for example, a woman has about a 1 in 1,000 chance of conceiving a child with DS. Those odds increase to about 1 in 400 by age 35. By 40 the risk rises to about 1 in 100. (Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/genetic/down_syndrome.html)

It will take a lot of love, patience and faith to raise a child with Down’s Syndrome. But as a parent, aren’t these the same virtues needed to raise up any child that we have?  The first few moments of exhilaration from your child’s birth and then the shock of finding out that your child has DS is indeed heartbreaking. “You grieve for the loss of a child you envisioned,” according to Noah’s mom. There will be so many challenges to face, your life will never be the same but in all of these, there should also be a time to celebrate for a very special person given to you by God.

TARGET is down with “Down’s Syndrome : Truly a beautiful ad!

See something different with this ad? If you said none, then there’s really something to be glad. The boy in orange is Ryan, a child with Down’s Syndrome.

There is reason not to feel {down}…everything is looking up for these kids.

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30 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: {Down}

  1. Ҭhis post is priceless. How ϲan I finbd outt more?

  2. Celebrate Life..Amen

  3. Great post. A thoughtful one. Keep up the great work.

  4. A great way to interpret this photo challenge. My mother taught special needs children while I was growing up, I remember many wonderful and fun days spent with children with downs.I am grateful for the post and link.

    • Hi Maggie! My Mom used to have a school for special kids so I was exposed early on and got to know many wonderful families with special needs. So this post is very close to my heart.

      Thank you for visiting and have a great week!

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  6. Thank you Magdalene~beautiful post.

  7. great interpretation. thank you.

  8. They are very special people, Magdalene – lovely, thoughtful post.

    Thanks for the link to my blog

  9. “There will be so many challenges to face, your life will never be the same but in all of these, there should also be a time to celebrate for a very special person given to you by God.” I don’t know if you watch “Glee” the series. Sue’s sister has Down’s and when she died in one of the episodes.I was teary eyed when they showed a video clip of her , so innocent, happy, just full of life and love as the music from Willy Wonka was sung by the group. It may just be a t.v. clip but the actress in the movie has real Down syndrome. When we have a friend or family who has a child with Down’s with need to give all the unconditional love that we could give….beautiful and touching post. Thank you.

    • Thanks for the visit Doc! I’m glad there are many people who are aware of these children and I was pleasantly surprised with the ads of Target and Nordstrom. My Mom had a school for special children so this post is really familiar and close to home.

      Have a great week and I wish you a happy vacation here with your family.

  10. thoughtful and sensitive, a beautiful story to wake us up! encouragement from christine http://wp.me/p296YA-2D

  11. This is beautiful! Thanks for posting. 🙂

  12. Amar Naik

    nice post

  13. What a beautiful interpretation of the theme. I’ve worked with special needs children, though not those with DS, but i know how each is unique and loveable, if nly people could look past that first impression.

    • Thanks for visiting Judee! I’m really glad that more people are becoming aware of DS and companies like Target and Nordstrom are breaking old stereotypes…

  14. Great interpretation there

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  17. Great entry abt Noah Mag. I got a relative whos child has down syndrome too.

    • Families with special needs are admirable for their great heart and I hope that more people will be aware of their stories.
      Thank you for visiting….!

  18. I had read and now follow Naoh’s Dad on Facebook!! such a great post thank you for reminding me of it 🙂

  19. Lovely post, and thanks for the shout out about my blog. x

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