What A UK Mother Of A Child With “Down’s Syndrome” Has In Common With American Moms…And How We’re All Like A Bunch Of Balloons!

 **The following is a guest post from Hayley Goleniowska who blogs at Downs Side Up which has been voted the Down Syndrome blog in Europe two years in a row. Her daughter Natalia (who was born with Down Syndrome  is a clothing model and  campaigns for ad inclusion.**

I write a little blog from the UK, called Downs Side Up and the guys at Noah’s Dad have always been a great source of inspiration for me. So you can imagine how enormously honoured I was when Rick asked me to pen a guest post for him as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

But what to write?

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9 Lessons I Learned About Being A Good Dad By Having A Bad One

Father’s day is always a bitter sweet time for me. As I scroll through my Facebook and Twitter feed on Father’s day I see countless posts of people posting pictures of their dads with captions such as: “Thankful to have such a wonderful dad!” “Grateful for this guy’s leadership in my life!” “So glad to have such a wonderful father!” “I love this man!”

As I read these posts I always feel disappointment and sadness since I cannot post a similar post about my dad. The truth is I don’t ever remember my dad saying he loved me. Ever giving me a hug. Ever going to church with us (much less ever praying for / with me.) My dad didn’t teach me how to shave, treat a woman, how to tie a tie (or how to light a pilot light in a water heater….I just had to call the gas company to show me how to light man…I was scared. Those things look scary.) 🙂

I love my father, but the truth (sadly) is that my dad was not a good dad.

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What A Difference Three Months Can Make.

It’s been three months since we posted the video of Noah first climbing up a few stairs at home. It was super hard work for him (especially since he was 14 months old at the time!) but he kept moving forward and finally made it! Well as you can see in today’s video he’s come [Read More…]…

How Some Epic Stair Crawling Reminded Me To Expect The Unexpected!

This kid is seriously on a roll lately. He just learned to climb up a few steps a few days ago, and as you can see in today’s video, he’s already almost able to make it to the top of our staircase at home! I’m so proud of this little boy! He’s hard at work learning to climb these stairs. Isn’t it fun [Read More…]…

Noah Shows Off Some Cause And Effect Awesomeness

I can’t even begin to tell you how fun it is to watch Noah grow and develop. He is currently in a stage where he’s picking up on cause and effect, and I love it! I think the first time I noticed him starting to understand that he had the ability to cause something to happen himself was one day while [Read More…]…