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Jay Hill

NWA, Arkansas
My wife, who is a practicing Pediatrician and I, a licensed Physical Therapist Asst., are the parents of five children. Our youngest was born on July 29, 2008 with Down syndrome. Our blog is the story of our transition into a new world and the many positive benefits of loving a child with Down... Full Bio
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A Matter of Perspective by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I have been thinking a lot lately about the issue of Down syndrome children being mentally delayed and I have accepted the fact that my son may be mentally delayed. The degree ... Read on »
A Bad Combination by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Children with Down syndrome have many similarities to children without Down syndrome. But as we all know, there are many differences. A lot of the differences are ... Read on »
A Boy and His Dog by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We don't have a dog of our own. But the dog belonging to the family who keeps John loves John and John is crazy about him. Here is a pic that Joy took yesterday ... Read on »
A Daddy's Boy! by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John's week begins with church on Sunday morning, and then again on Sunday evening. After the evening service, we have supper together as a church family. It is a great time o ... Read on »
A New Chapter - Daycare by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Since both Joy and I work, John has always been babysat by a friend in her home. Recently though, our babysitter has started taking her son a couple of days a week t ... Read on »
Abortion by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As I reflect back on the killing of one of the few abortionist who provided abortions in the third-trimester, I am reminded of just how far off-course mankind has come. To tak ... Read on »
All Things Come To An End by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome When we first became aware of John's diagnosis, it was very difficult to make the transition from the world of no Ds to a world with Ds. The isolation that one feels, not to m ... Read on »
An Unwelcomed Visitor by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Yes, I am talking about Mr. RSV. It started out as croup last week after colds went through the house. John seemed to be unaffected by all the hacking nose-blowing going on ar ... Read on »
An Update and a Word On Orthotics by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome First, an update on John and then on to the answers to your questions. John continues to do well. We are working on sitting unassisted which he is now able to do this for a co ... Read on »
An Update on Speech Therapy by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As a parent, do you ever feel as though other people do not see your child as you do? That they just don't see the same potential, deficits as you. Well, that is whe ... Read on »
Baby Tarp by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As you know, feeding a baby can be pretty messy. That can sometimes delay parents from starting solids. It seems that food gets everywhere except where it is intended which is ... Read on »
Birthday Pics of John and an Update by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John had a great day on his birthday and we took lots of pictures. I thought that I would share them here. Also, I wanted to give an update on what we were ... Read on »
Birthday Pics of John and an Update by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome John had a great day on his birthday and we took lots of pictures. I thought that I would share them here. Also, I wanted to give an update on what we were doing. I have recen ... Read on »
Breathing A Little Easier by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We all are actually. This morning John is still a little congested but alert, smiley and active. Yesterday however wasn't the case for us and scared both Joy and myself. We ha ... Read on »
Closing In On 6 Years Old by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Life has gotten busy around here with jobs and teenage children and getting ready for college that blogging has been shifted to the bottom of the list. But to give an updat ... Read on »
Differences and Similarities by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Since John has Down syndrome and we have four other children who do not, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the differences and similarities of John with my other ... Read on »
Goodbye Baby John...Hello Big Boy by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The other evening before the start of school, we had an evening of getting everything together - back packs, lunches, etc. One of the things that had to be done was ha ... Read on »
Goodbye Baby John...Hello Big Boy by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The other evening before the start of school, we had an evening of getting everything together - back packs, lunches, etc. One of the things that had to be done was haircuts f ... Read on »
Hello Again! by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I have been away from blogging for many months but have been busy with working with John as well as being Dad to all my other children. These months of being aw ... Read on »
I Guess I Just Don't Get It by Jay Hill Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Lately, there has been a lot of hype over the use of the word 'retard', and I guess either I just don't get what all the fuss is over or my child is not old enough yet for it ... Read on »