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Project 365 | 31 for 21 | 9.30.2011

Tricia @ Unringing the Bell is once again hosting the 31 for 21 blog challenge for this year. We pledge to post every day, at least once day, for thrity-one days (each of them in the month of October, which is Down syndrome Awareness Month) on any topic, to raise awareness about Trisomy 21. 31 for 21!

This is our son, Matthew. When we were around 16 weeks pregnant with him, we found out he would be born with Down syndrome. You can read a little more about it here.

Matthew has Down syndrome... he is not a kid with downs, a downsie kid, a mongoloid. He is not someone to pity - neither are we.

Matthew is:
  • 9 years old.
  • a kid that LOVES sports and plays on a baseball, a basketball and a swim team.
  • a smart kiddo, who gets lots of 100's on his spelling tests, can read and do math problems.
  • a bright, happy guy who can also get cranky, sad and/or mad. You can play tricks on you.
  • in the 3rd grade in what I call a hybrid classroom. It's a special ed class (of 1st, 2nd & 3rd graders) that co-exisits in a (big) room with a typical 2nd grade class.
  • a little brother.
  • a music lover - he can often be found with his MP3 player on and dancing around to the music.
  • quite skilled on his scooter.
  • loves McDonald's Happy Meals - chicken nuggets, french fries and soda, please!
  • a super polite kid! Seriously! We get comments on this all the time! :)
  • a WalMart lover. I mean, come on! What's not to love? McDonald's, toys, movies and games for his DS & Wii all under one roof??? Nirvana!
  • Daddy's boy right now. He LOVES his Daddy and Daddy calls him his "Me too!"
  • a speed demon. Daddy comes home on the motorcycle and Matthew will ask for a ride. I'm told that he asks for "faster!" the whole time they are going around the block. And yes - will his helmet on.
  • a talker. He's mastering 5 to 6 word sentences right now. Usually 2 in a row, sentances that is.
  • a goofball.
  • a wrestling lover right now. One of the other things that he loves about outside right now, he can sweet talk Ry's friend into wrestling with him in the front yard. We never watch it, but some of his friends at school got his interested in it last year and it's lasted through the summer.
  • also a Power Ranger's Samauri fan!
  • still asked about by the kids at our home school. Almost daily, one kid or another asks me about him there...
Gosh - I'm sure I could go on, but that's it for now. He's raring to get outside and play!

Kristin  – (12:38 PM)  

Loving your photography :) Found your blog thru 31 for 21 -

Marisa  – (4:50 PM)  

He sounds like a beautiful child, and I love this post. ♥

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