Thursday, October 2, 2008
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!
(Nadine at Ya Kwang)
I realise I haven't done much for Down Syndrome (DS) awareness lately - October is the official month for it (mainly in the U.S., but let's piggyback on it anyway)! My own "awareness" of DS has declined, ironically. Some days I forget that Nadine even has it. On a day-to-day basis, she is not much different from a regular kid. It's easy to see the child more than the condition.
Nadine is now two years and two months old. Developing a chatty side, boundless curiosity and a defiant temper. She can be rough and bossy too. I've seen her bully older boys into crying. Yet she shows the most delicate tenderness towards those who need it - like my mom, who is critically ill in hospital.
I went back for a week to Malaysia to see her (hence the lack of posts, sorry!). She's quite frail right now and Nadine picked up on it somehow. I was surprised when Nadine, unprompted, leaned over to stroke my mom's cheek, give her a kiss, and also gently rub her hand. Not once did she attempt to pull tubes and IV plugs (despite her love of yanking wires). My mom smiled too.
In honour of National DS Awareness month, Parenting.com is showcasing galleries of babies with Down Syndrome. Maybe I will submit one too.
(Nadine at 9 months)
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