Re: New mom
Hello, and congratulations on your beautiful "pumpkin". My wife and I just had our first child, Grace, in early October, so I know exactly where you're coming from. Let me preface all that follows: I'm no expert on Down children, but I have done a tremendous amount of research since Grace's birth, so I may be able to help point you in the right direction. I don't know what's available in your area, but here in California, we were referred to a program called "Early Start". The prevailing wisdom these days seems to be that early intervention (birth to three years) can help greatly with many of the developmental delays our children might otherwise encounter. If you haven't been referred by your doctor or hospital, it might take some legwork on your part to locate your local resources. You might try your county social services, local board of education, the internet (of course!), etc. From what I understand, it's important to intervene before developmental delays occur, rather than trying to play "catch-up" later down the road. Good luck, and remember to enjoy your daughter for who she is!