If you’ve just had a baby, you may not have time to hang out on the web and leisurely search for blogs about Down syndrome.
Me, well, I did have time on my hands as I waited for my daughter to get through 16 weeks in the hospital, but it never occurred to me that there might be a Down syndrome blogging community. We did have lots of caring friends and strangers dropping off phone numbers for local Down syndrome groups and families willing to be contacted. But, being in the hospital everyday, we didn’t have the energy or the free time for face-to-face relationships.
Once we got home, I felt very much alone. Like any Internet junkie, I hit the web. And there she was, Ella Grace with the Pretty Face dancing around in a video. I sat mesmerized watching this little girl with Down syndrome shaking her booty. I was so encouraged by it that I made my husband watch it too.
After clicking around her blogroll and many others, I came across Jaxson’s Fight. When I spotted his hospital picture in the upper left of the blog header, I knew we were not alone with the agony we had faced in those 16 weeks of hospitalization.
Then I found Little Miss E and saw the Traveling Afghan project get off the ground. I realized that together we can turn this online community into a family of sorts where we can share goodies, information, or even vacation visits.
And so, Down Syndrome New Mama has to have a blogroll... right? Of course it does! I could go out and scoop you guys up, and list you willy-nilly but I thought it would be nicer to categorize the blogs. That way, newcomers can find blogs where they share similar experiences, and blogs where they don’t.
Here are the categories. (If your blog fits into more than one category, pick your preference.)
The Designer Genes Club
If your blog doesn’t fit in any of the following categories, or if it does but you never post about anything related to it, please choose this blogroll.
Double Trouble and Twice the Blessing
If you have more than one child with Down syndrome please pick this blogroll.
It’s a Small World After All
This category is for families with ethnically diverse backgrounds and those raising children with Down syndrome across the globe.
Sweethearts & Fighters
If your child has gone through (or is facing) heart surgery or any other major surgery, please pick this blogroll. This list is also for those out there who are fighting various medical issues on an ongoing basis.
The Chosen Ones
If you adopted or are in the process of adopting a child with Down syndrome, please pick this blogroll.
The Future Is Now
If you are an adult or a teen blogger with Down syndrome, please choose this category. Also pick this blogroll if you are a parent or sibling who blogs on behalf of a teenager or an adult with Ds.
Projects & Resources
Blogs that are dedicated to projects, like the Traveling Afghan project, or are a Down syndrome resource blog, like Down Syndrome New Mama, should choose this blogroll.
How You Get Listed
You can either put your blog address and selected category in a comment on this post, or email it to me. My email address is available in my profile. If your blog or your baby is a newborn (or newly adopted), please let me know so that I can highlight you with a "birth" announcement.
Ok guys, bring ‘em on!