Happy New Year!
Welcome to downsyn.com, a resource for those who love someone with Down syndrome. If you are a new parent look through our Questions & Answers section and read our A Letter to a New Parent. If you are a relative or friend read our section For Relatives and friends of the new parents. And whether a new or experienced parent or a relative or a friend, come visit our forum where hundreds of parents are ready to share the joy, love, hardships, and fun of raising your child. Our members are here to share their experiences with you and listen to your feelings and experiences.
Our experience with Down syndrome began on April 11, 1997 when our son Michael was born. Mikey is a wonderful little boy and we love him with all our hearts. The last 16 years have been full of ups and downs (no pun intended) but the good times have always outweighed the tough times.
Shortly after Mikey was born we received an e-mail from the brother of a woman who had just had a baby girl with Down Syndrome. In part, his letter said, "My sister is SO depressed because the baby is diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Please e-mail anything positive you have experienced so my sister will not be so sad." In response we wrote the letter below. We would like to share that letter with all couples who are going through what Mallory's mom and dad are going through.
Information for Aunts, Uncles, other relatives and friends to help them make it easier for the new parents.
We have received many e-mails from Aunts and Uncles of children with Down Syndrome who are trying to get more information about the new child in their family. We can not stress enough how important it is for family to support the new parents at this time. This is a frightening time for the new parents and they often wonder how their family will treat the new baby. Showing how much you love them and their new baby will help to alleviate these fears; pick up the baby, fuss over the baby, play with the baby.