When we first knew moving to MD was a possibility I started searching for Down syndrome support groups in this area and was happy to find there was one right in this town.
I haven't had a chance to be involved in any type of support group since Kayla was born (except online!) so I was excited about the possibilities of being involved with this group.
I found an email for someone in this group and we emailed a couple of times before I actually moved here.
Several weeks ago I took Kayla to a kid's event at Borders. I thought I noticed a little girl with Ds across the room, but wasn't completely sure. Within several minutes she came over to check Kayla out and eventually I was able to chat with her parents.
During our conversation the father told me his wife gets together with some other families once a month for a playgroup and I asked if it was the same group I found online - and it was! Small world for me to run into someone at Border's that is a part of the Ds support group!
She gave me more information on the playgroup and I was a little disappointed because they meet on the 3rd Wed of the month at 10am...which means Kayla is in school and wouldn't be able to meet the other kids. But this lady just happened to be hosting the next playgroup and it was on a Wed that schools were closed; unfortunately her daughter was very sick and she had to cancel.
Two weekends ago she called me up and invited me and the kids over for an impromptu playdate; Kayla and Lucas had fun playing with their daughter and I enjoyed talking her parents.
She rescheduled the playgroup to this past Wed, and since it is Spring Break here (hence my absence from blogging!) Kayla was able to go to the playgroup. There were 3 kids there age 2-2.5, a 4 yr old, and two 5 yr olds (including Kayla). All of the kids got along well and I can't tell you how nice it was to find this connection of other families...finally!
It's just too bad that Kayla will miss out on the playgroups during the school year. There will be a "Spring Fling" at the end of this month, on a weekend, so I'm looking forward to that and meeting even more of the families.