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Carrie R.

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I'm a Midwestern girl who's becoming a Southern belle. This is my story of life with my farmer-turned-professor husband, two exceptional little boys, and one extraordinary little girl who happens to have Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. The stories you are about to read are all real; I couldn't make... Full Bio
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FIVE. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome On this day five years ago, I woke up early on that drizzly Monday morning, knowing it was time to go to the hospital. My due date had come and gone the day before and I had ... Read on »
Other Medical Adventures: More. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dr. C and I made the pilgrimage back to Iowa last week for my first check-up with Dr. Brains in over a year. The good doctor had wanted to see me one year post-op, but since ... Read on »
Layers. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome When I was growing up and we would drive the 17+ hours to visit my grandparents' house in Utah, I fondly remember sitting in their living room listening to the chatter...Gra ... Read on »
Surfacing. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome When I was little, my sister and I used head to the pool and try to recreate that scene from Disney's The Little Mermaid where Ariel first bursts out of the water after she ... Read on »
Introduction: Our Brazilian Food Baby by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Hello all, there is someone I would like you to meet. Here on Life As We Know It, she will be known as Miss Zell or perhaps even just Miss Z. because sometimes I am too l ... Read on »
Eviction Notice. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dear Baby #4, This is what I look like today at 39 weeks pregnant: See that big bump there? Yeah, that's you. And this is your eviction notice. Please note t ... Read on »
Not-So-Current Events. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome With my first three children, my body handled pregnancy really well. Sure, I got uncomfortable...but I was only a little sick and I had the energy to do pretty much whatever ... Read on »
Create. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome  It always takes a while after moving to a new place it to feel like Home. I go to my house but it just doesn't feel like Home. It always takes awhile to meet new people, ma ... Read on »
Life is a Miracle. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This morning I woke, stretched luxuriously across my bed, and then realized what day it is September 25, 2013. I checked the clock:  6:30AM. I instantly flashed back ... Read on »
Rolling Stones. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome A rolling stone gathers no moss. We are rolling stones. Not like THE Rolling Stones, but we are the type of rolling stones that gather no moss, constantly moving, rolling ... Read on »
Top 5 by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The past two months have been a bit of a whirlwind. No, I take that back. The past two months have been excruciatingly slow while at the same time moving so fast I ca ... Read on »
Hair. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome So I was going to post about Easter and all the fun of last week, but I unexpectedly hit another post-brain-surgery milestone yesterday, so we are halting the presses and po ... Read on »
Eggs. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Miss B dug out her Christmas penguin apron & chef hat for the Easter activities. And since we couldn't have Easter without Christmas, we figured it wor ... Read on »
The Beginning of The Week. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Today is the first day of Spring Break! And T-Man and Fearless are old enough to get their own breakfast! And they are old enough to get Miss B some breakfast! Which m ... Read on »
Wedding Fun. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Aren't they a beautiful couple?!? For them, it means a new life together. A paradigm shift where they leave behind thoughts of self and think in terms of "we" ... Read on »
One Foot in Front of the Other. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Since surgery, I've had a semi-comprehensive mental checklist of things I needed to be able to do again in order to be "recovered". It looks something like this Wake-up aft ... Read on »
The Follow-Up. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dr. Brains wanted another MRI done to get a baseline of what my post-op brain looks like. I've done three CT scans since surgery, but last week was my first MRI. It was a ... Read on »
Valentine's Day Wrap-Up by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome  Valentine's Day. The day of love. The day of chocolates and flowers and pink & red decorations. The day set aside to let the people you love know that you love them. ... Read on »
Different. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome For the most part, I'm cool with Down syndrome. In fact, I truly forget that my daughter has three copies of the 21st chromosome. Because in our day to day life, Down syndro ... Read on »
Present. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It's been awhile since I've written. And after all of the love and concern you all have shown me, you deserve to know why. So I'll tell you. I had a funny, Pep Ta ... Read on »