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Carrie R.

California
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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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 »
The Great Christmas Tree Hunt 2012 by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Growing up, we always went to a Christmas tree farm and cut down a tree.  We've tried to continue that tradition with our kids every year...but after Christmas Tree Hunt 200 ... Read on »
Thanksgiving. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Check out the cute place cards my niece made. And, WOW, have my family and I been blessed.  My family, my sister's family, and ... Read on »
Six Weeks Home. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Six weeks ago yesterday, Dr. Brains-On-Call walked into my hospital room and told me I was good to go home.  That I was free to sleep uninterrupted, eat when I wanted, and w ... Read on »
Rise Above It. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome If we are going with the analogy that my recovery is like a roller coaster , then the beginning of last week was the slow, steady ratcheting upwards to the top of the first ... Read on »
Pep Talks #2 by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Time for an update and another round of Pep Talks --during which I will give you all a little insight into my brain and the quirks that my body is experiencing as a result b ... Read on »
Usually. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Usually, in September and October, my life is full of raking leaves, agonizing over Halloween costumes, decorating Halloween sugar cookies, visiting a pumpkin patch and carv ... Read on »
Crash. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It was bound to happen. EVERYone warned me it would.  The doctors, the nurses, my mom, my uncle...and when I heard them talking about it, I believed them.  Logically, I k ... Read on »
More than Thank You. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This is a post that I have been thinking over for the past several weeks.  And I haven't attempted to write it yet because, honestly, I have had a hard time finding words fo ... Read on »
Flashback: Pain Meds. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This Alien-Removal (as it will forever now be called), is the first major medical thing I've ever personally had. Before this, I'd had my babies, I'd had my wisdom teeth ... Read on »
The Bus. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome *This post is IN NO WAY A JUDGEMENT ON ANYONE ELSE and is just my personal freakish issue with the school bus.  I know that I'm on the fringe about this (I had an alien to b ... Read on »
Pep Talks. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I got out of the shower this morning and put the towel around my head turban-style, just like I did everyday before alien-removal. Not because I had any hair up there tha ... Read on »
Motherhood. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I don't care what anyone else thinks or what society says or how old fashioned it makes me: I LOVE BEING A MOTHER. I celebrate and find joy in these three children of ... Read on »
Flashback: Doctors and Nurses and Aides, Oh My! by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I never actually made it to the ICU. I had brain surgery and never went to ICU.  I'm not sure if that means I'm incredibly tough or just really, really unlucky. Ho ... Read on »
The Facts and The News by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This whole having an "alien" cut out of my brain thing has seriously messed up my sleep schedule.  It's like I am a newborn on a 45-minute sleep cycle.  And during the day, ... Read on »
ON/OFF by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I've had some requests on updating where I am now, as well as my experience in the hospital...so this is a present post. I am tired. So, so tired. Dr. Brains-On-Cal ... Read on »
Flashback: Recovery Area. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome *Dr. C did a great job keeping people updated on my surgery and hospital stay, but now that I'm home, he has turned the blogging back over to me. This is a short series of f ... Read on »
Flashback: Awake. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome *Dr. C did a great job keeping people updated on my surgery and hospital stay, but now that I'm home, he has turned the blogging back over to me.  This is the first in a sho ... Read on »
Roller Coaster by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Since the surgery, Carrie has been on a bit of an energy roller coaster. She has short bursts of energy, after which she needs a nap to recoup. The doctor said this is commo ... Read on »