|Admiring his new shoes|
Getting up in the mornings can be hard when daylight saving first starts. I was pretty excited, because Felix usually gets up at 5.30am and I was looking forward to him staying in the same routine, but having the clock read 6.30am instead of 5.30am. Unfortunately, it soon became obvious that Felix hasn't been told how daylight savings works. He is still waking up at 5.30am and unfortunately, for Mummy and Daddy, our body clocks are still telling us that it's only 4.30am!! Sigh! At least seeing his precious, smiling little face peeking over the top of his cot, makes the early mornings that little bit easier.
|Can't stop touching them|
I've forgotten to write some facts about Down Syndrome on the last couple of blogs, and since it's Down Syndrome Awareness month I promised myself I would, so here is today's fact about people with Down Syndrome. The first is that you either have Down Syndrome or you don't. You can't have Down Syndrome 'a little bit', and you certainly can't 'catch it'. Down Syndrome occurs at conception. Instead of there being 26 chromosomes in each cell, there are 27. In the case of Trisomy 21 (which accounts for 95% of people with Down Syndrome, and is what Felix has), it is the 21st chromosome which has a third copy, hence the name 'Trisomy 21'. There are two other types of Down Syndrome, which are quite rare. One is Mosaicism (only a few percent of people with Down Syndrome have this type), in which not every cell in the body has the extra third chromosome. The third type is called Translocation, which only occurs in a few percent of people with Down Syndrome and is the only form of Down Syndrome which can be hereditary. People with any of the three different types are still said to have Down Syndrome.
Another fact I found interesting, while reading up on Down Syndrome when I was pregnant with Felix, is that people with Down Syndrome generally only have a mild to moderate intellectual disability. In my ignorance, I always assumed it would be classed as 'severe' (I knew nothing about Down Syndrome). Felix has proved to us over and over again that he has a whole lot more 'abilities' than 'disabilities'.