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Lisa Patient Expert

I am the mother of six children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome. My blog chronicles our family's experience having a baby with Down syndrome from the day of his birth to the present day.
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Moving On by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome After a great deal of thought and wrestling with the decision in my head, I've decided it's time to retire Finnian's Journey. This has been kind of an emotional and agoniz ... Read on »
The R-word by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome A lot of talk has been made about not tolerating the use of "retard" and "retarded" as derogatory slang. It's easy - or at least easyish - to confront someone on their use ... Read on »
A Long Overdue Post About What Finn's Up To by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Boy, life sure has a way of getting in the way of blogging, huh? I can sum up what Finn is up to these days in one word: TROUBLE. In a nutshell, he's into everything. An ... Read on »
Accidental Mohawk by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It was an accident, I swear it was! See, here's what happened: I put Finn in the tub and got Daddy's electric trimmer out to give Finn a trim, as usual. I'm runnin ... Read on »
Done by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We had our final OT session this morning. Emily asked if we wanted to extend services for a month, and I declined. With the holidays coming up and all, I'd really rather ... Read on »
Behavior and Discipline by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I yelled at Finn, I think for the first time, yesterday. I was loading dirty dishes into the dishwasher and he grabbed a handful of dirty silverware and flung it on the fl ... Read on »
Monkey See, Monkey Do by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Score another developmental jump for Finn: he's now engaging in pretend play and imitation. Yesterday he toddled into our room, grabbed the remote from the shelf below ... Read on »
There's a New Sheriff in Town . . . by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome . . . and I reckon he ain't gonna take no guff. Happy Halloween, pardner. Read on »
Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Real Life With a Child With Down Syndrome by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As Down Syndrome Awareness Month wraps up, I'd like to share some with final thoughts. A little over two years ago, my son was born with Down syndrome. In the early day ... Read on »
Anticlimax by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome And with that, we're done with speech therapy. Finn has been receiving in-home speech therapy once a week since mid-July - so three and a half months. During that time, ... Read on »
Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Early Intervention/Therapy by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I've been struggling to write this post for a couple of days now, writing it and rewriting it, abandoning it and then restarting. Although this is an important topic that ... Read on »
Finnian And the Case of the Disappearing Sandwich by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This was Finn's lunch today. A sandwich. Peanut butter and honey on whole wheat bread. He has come so far with eating. It doesn't seem all that lo ... Read on »
Finn's First Shoes by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Now that Finn is walking more and more, I figured it was finally time to get him his first pair of shoes. I wasn't sure how he would react to having something on his feet, ... Read on »
Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Siblings by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Down syndrome n. congenital disease marked by mental deficiency Really, Webster? A disease? Come on, seriously? My brother is not diseased. He's a healthy kid who ha ... Read on »
Monica & David by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome If you haven't been privy to all the buzz, a film aired on HBO last night titled Monica & David. It's a documentary, filmed by the cousin of the Monica in the title, showi ... Read on »
Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Stereotypes by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Women . . . they just can't make up their minds. Black people are such good athletes. Jews are naturally frugal. Men - all they care about is their work. Italia ... Read on »
Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Breast Feeding a Baby With Down Syndrome by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome DISCLAIMER: I do have a decidedly pro-breast feeding bent. However, this post is not intended to judge or criticize anyone who chooses not to, or who for whatever reason ... Read on »
Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Receiving the News by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Unfortunately, I couldn't commit to taking part in the 31 for 21 Blog Challenge this year (boo!), but there are a few topics near ... Read on »
And He's Off! by Lisa Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This footage is from this afternoon, but Finn did his first real walking last night. Over the last month or so, he would occasionally take two unassisted steps wh ... Read on »