Our Journey

Happy New Year!

January 4, 2013
Greek New Year

Happy New Year! It’s been such a long time since I’ve been here, but I hope to get back to writing again in 2013. I have some new resources to share and am learning new things every day from my amazing girl.    On New Year’s Day we followed the Greek tradition of baking a New Year’s cake, or a [...]

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School Days

September 10, 2012

It’s been a while… we have been gearing up for quite a transition in our lives: the first day of Junior Kindergarten.  For 9 months we’ve been preparing with calls to the school, meetings with the principal and special education teacher, discussions as to whether Rachel should participate in the full program, and a couple [...]

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Finding Ourselves: Favourite Children’s DVDs

July 27, 2012

When I first started watching movies with my husband, I found he had an interesting habit of looking for Greek names in the credits. I had a friend of Polish descent who did the same thing with Polish names.  I suppose as human beings we naturally seek out others like us; people we can relate to in one way or another. Now [...]

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Vacation from Down Syndrome

July 21, 2012

As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband was born and raised in Greece.  Every two years or so, we travel back to his birthplace to visit family and friends and experience the unique culture in which my husband spent his formative years.  Earlier this month, we were back again–swimming in the sea, feasting on Greek delicacies, [...]

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Home Sweet Home

June 8, 2012

Just a little update!  We finally got out of hospital last Friday.  They decided to replace the Y2K compliant monitor with a newer, more sensitive one that could track her oxygen better.  When on both the new and older monitor, the new one was consistently higher.  What a relief!  Daddy stayed up all night the last night she was [...]

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May 30, 2012

Well, life is full of ironies.  After writing about our hospital experience just over two weeks ago, Rachel fell quite ill and has ended up in hospital again.  What seemed to be a simple virus was diagnosed as scarlet fever.  Yet after 5 days on antibiotics, rather than get better, her health only got worse.  She could barely [...]

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Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012

Four years ago on Mother’s Day I was gearing up for a very special day–the day my daughter would be released from the hospital.  Already it had been four weeks since she had been born; four weeks of running back and forth from the hospital, first from the NICU when her oxygen levels had been dangerously low [...]

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May 4, 2012

Her nickname, given to her by her brother, is “Huggy”.  It’s quite simple–she loves to give hugs.  It’s been pretty sweet, and she’s always received lots of praise for it, but now that she’s four, it’s not quite so cute.  She will hug anyone, stranger or not.  She runs to hug the hostess as we leave [...]

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April 21, 2012

We had a birthday this past week. One nice thing about this blog is that I can go back to a year ago and see where we were then.  A lot has changed in a year, especially in terms of Rachel’s new ability to walk, and I realize how important that milestone was for us.  Last year, [...]

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March 5, 2012

So I went away for a week.  By myself.  For the first time since my kids have been born.  OK, I had been away for a night or two – a couple of times.  But in 8 years, I hadn’t had this span of time without anyone in my family nearby.  Like many other parents,  [...]

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