The Mum

Does Down Syndrome scare you?It scared the crap out of me. These are just some of the thoughts that whirled around my head when Mini’s diagnosis was made, literally moments after her dramatic entrance into the world.

Was it my fault?
Did I cause this somehow?
How would she live an independent life? 
Would she have friends?
Would she be happy or isolated and lonely?
How would I cope raising a child with special needs?

My name is Aedín. I’m a perpetual adolescent trapped in an unobligingly- ageing body. As such I still haven’t figured out what it is I’ll do when I grow up. Answers on a postcard please.
I love writing, even though writing doesn’t always return the favour!-travelling, and cake.
I’m mum to two amazing girls and partner of one long-suffering,ever patient, tan-fading Frenchman and we all live in the bustling town of Galway in the west of Ireland.

I started this blog as a way of dealing with the fact that my first-born child arrived into this world carrying a little something extra. A little something that society has not always looked favourably on-an extra chromosome on the 21st chromosomal pairing, or put another way she has Down syndrome.I grieved for the “perfect child” faith had so cruelly denied me; threw tantrums and sulked with the universe until one day, the tiny adult voice of reason inside me I normally have silenced by endless reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and mountains of Toffy Pops said very clearly:

Yes she has Down syndrome, but that’s not going to stop her from running, jumping, dancing, singing and living life to the full. It’s just going to take a little longer to achieve than for her peers but she’s clearly amazing so how about you get to know this fantastic little person you helped create. How about forgetting what she can’t do and enjoy the things she can do. She may surprise you.

And she does every day. She is what I imagine every toddler to be like- full of love and enormous fun. Except when she’s wearing her super cranky pants. Then she’s a bit of a pain to be honest.

Recently, we welcomed another mini to join our Franc0-Celtic family and share our adventures- Mini Mini, born Nov ’13.

These are our stories.

Merci beaucoup for stopping by our little corner of the web. We’d love to get to know you better so please feel free to get in touch!

Minis & Mum



5 thoughts on “The Mum

  1. What an honest account. I’ve got a friend whose first child has Down Syndrome too, and I love that they’re so open and honest about it too, it’s so important to enable society to overcome its issues with disabilities. Love the pics of you guys xx

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