|Fun with one of his big brothers, Isaiah|
At our 19 week Morphology scan we were told that there were some 'hard markers' which indicated Felix had Down Syndrome. One was my age (39 years old) coupled with the fact that Felix had no nasal bone (something which in recent years has become recognised as a strong indicator for Down Syndrome). He also had very short femur bones (he is still a bit of a shorty!) We chose not to have an Amnio because we didn't want to risk a miscarriage and the results didn't matter to us, but we decided that because we had the unique opportunity to learn about Down Syndrome and prepare for Felix's birth we would start reading as much as we could.
|'Babies with DS: A New|
The first one is called 'Gifts'. It is the most beautiful book of short stories from Mothers of children with Down Syndrome. All of the stories are inspirational and honest. It is very easy to read and you could read it cover to cover in a day, or just read one story at a time. I can guarantee you will feel inspired and will probably have a tear or two in your eye if you read this book. If I could, I would give a copy to everyone I know. It really is beautiful. Since then I have bought 'Gifts 2' which is also a great read, so if you like the first one then make sure you read the second.
'Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parent's Guide' was the perfect first book of information on Down Syndrome for us. It covered all the basic information about the different kinds of Down Syndrome, health issues and what to expect when raising a baby with Down Syndrome. We gave it to the kids to have a read through and my parents read it from cover to cover as well. If you know of anyone who is expecting a baby with Down Syndrome or has recently given birth, it would be a perfect book for them to read.
|'Fasten Your Seatbelt'|
I have just ordered a new book, 'Down Syndrome Parenting 101'. It got some really good reviews and seems to be a little bit different to other books I have read, so I'm looking forward to having a read. You can buy any of these books from www.bookdepository.com I'm pretty sure they have free delivery to most countries and their prices are usually comparable to other places. If you enjoy reading, definitely check some of these books out. Happy reading!