Here is the second installment I did for October's #DSAM2014 Instagram posts. As with the first set of posts, I have gone back through the explanations to correct some grammar errors and add additional thoughts. To see the raw/uncut versions, you'll have to head over to Instagram for that. Thanks again to all of you that we have connected with on Instagram! If you're not part of the conversation over there yet, please do so by looking us up at @justlistenharder .
Quote by Dr. Brian G. Skotko, author of Fasten Your Seatbelt: A Crash Course on Down syndrome for Brothers and Sisters. Dr. Skotko has a younger sister with Down syndrome and provides great insight, experience, and knowledge as a sibling. He says: “growing up, Down syndrome was always part of my family but never the centerpiece, I think parents come to realize they just need to sometimes be a parent as if Down syndrome didn’t exist.” I won't pretend to know what it's like to be a sibling, but as a daddy, I can say that I recognize the unique situation we're in with our two daughters (one older, and one younger than Judah). Our baby, Aveline, seen here with Judah about 6 years ago, doesn't even know what life is like without having a brother with Down syndrome. It's been kind of what I imagine having twins is like. They're two years apart and for a couple years there they were very close developmentally. We've had Judah repeat Kindergarten and now first grade, so they're actually in the same class together now. Our oldest daughter, Karis, is 2 years older than Judah. She has always been very precocious and mature for her age. Both girls are very sweet, kind natured, and quick to help when needed. We've tried to make sure we don't put extra expectations on them because of Judah. As a father, I make sure my girls feel beautiful, wanted, loved, and special. I take them on daddy/daughter dates and try to provide experiences with them apart from their brother, just as I would if he didn't have Down syndrome.