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We truly believe that the best voice for new parents to hear is the voice of other parents! Irish people are born storytellers and we absolutely LOVE receiving your tales of the struggles, joys, tears and laughter that come with parenting.

 

If you’d like to share a story with us (long or short, we adore them all!) please send it, along with a photo if possible, to Aileen at aileen@downsyndromecentre.ie

The Next Stepping Stone
Sep 17, 2018 by

The Next Stepping Stone   Mia Preston (3) on her first day in Playschool   Mia started playschool in Stepping Stones Montessori on Tuesday, September 4th 2018.   Over the last 8 months there have been many conversations and communications with multiple contacts around our little girl Mia reaching the next “stepping stone” in her […]

Safia’s New Journey into Primary School
Sep 12, 2018 by

Safia’s new journey into primary school   Just over five years ago, I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl Safia. I had five weeks of getting to know my daughter, before we found out she had Down syndrome. An emotional roller coaster began, a lot of which was rooted in ignorance, as I knew […]

Big School Looms
Aug 22, 2017 by

Joshua on his last day of pre-school   “So here we are, at the point in time that always felt a world away. Next week Joshua will begin his primary school days. I know it’s a big deal for all our kids; it’s a right of passage, a milestone with the obligatory first day of […]

The Next Stage
Oct 9, 2016 by

Advisory Panelist, Triona Cussen talks about her son Joshua joining mainstream preschool next week. 

Katie’s 21/3 Story
Mar 19, 2013 by

Mary Gaynor – Dublin

I’d say over a year ago I began to explain to Katie (now 13) all about down syndrome and that she has down syndrome. Of course Katie wanted to know everything so I set about telling her in a way that was quite simple and that she could understand. 

First Time for Everything
Feb 18, 2013 by

So it’s the 7th July and we’re off to the airport! No sooner out the door and we’re back again – forgot the sat nav! And now we’re off……again! Park the car and I start to think, this is the first time we are going away as a family of five. We’re flying to Toulouse, hiring a car, and driving down to Wes’s parent’s house for our annual two week ‘vaccances’. The travelling party consists of ten humans, three buggies, numerous cameras, sat navs, ghds, and chargers galore, you know yourself, we’re travelling light!!!

Dr Visit & Flashback
Feb 18, 2013 by

It’s 11.05pm and there’s a bang like thunder that wakes me up. Oh My God, not thunder …not unless it cries!

Up we jump and run into Max, our eldest, who’s nearly six. He’s fallen out of the bed and is trapped down the side between the locker. He looks grand and all seems to be ok until I spot a big open gash on his chin! I jump into my running gear (not jogging to hospital, it’s the only thing I could find) and off we go to Caredoc.

Acceptance
Feb 18, 2013 by

“You stayed the same this week I’m afraid”, the very nice fat fighter lady (VNFFL) tells me. Are you ok with that?”

Poppy the Popstar
Feb 18, 2013 by

It’s the 18th November and the flaming heating is broken! Wes aka ‘Silo Sam’ (cause he spends so much time out in the Silo looking at the pellets) has been out there for 4 hours trying to fix it and the house is getting colder and colder by the minute! I am now 95 months pregnant (or so it seems) and this could be the thing that tips me over the edge. “I am going to have the baby and have to bring it home in the freezing cold!” I scream.

Feeding Laura
Feb 18, 2013 by

Ann & Eugene McVeigh.

Our daughter Laura was tubefed from birth. Because of her AVSD heart condition she never had the energy to suck a full bottle. She weighed in at just over 2kilos when she was born and weight gain for heart surgery between 4 and 6 months was paramount. In the hospital neo-natal unit, the goal was to have her drinking her full bottles before she came out, but as the days went on it was clear to us that that looked like the unattainable.