Our little Miss Adalyn is one of the lucky few rocking an extra chromosome. She has three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two, which means she has Down syndrome.
This poem relating Down syndrome to a four-leaf clover helps illustrate how Down syndrome occurs and how lucky we are to have her in our family.
'Who knows why Down syndrome occurs? Why does the extra 21st chromosome stick to the cell when the fertilized egg begins its first cell division?
It can be compared to what happens in nature, to a field of clover. Usually, we see 3 leaves on each clover. Once in a while, however, we find a clover that has an extra leaf making it a four-leaf clover. We don’t know why Mother Nature decided to add that extra leaf; she just did.
There is no obvious explanation all of the clover plants grew in the same soil, were exposed to the same sun and rain, etc. Mother Nature just decided to add an extra leaf to one of the clover in the clover patch. This doesn’t make it better or not as good as the other clover it just makes it different. Some people even believe it brings a person good luck when they find a four-leaf clover.
It is much the same way with the extra chromosome. We don’t know why Mother Nature didn’t let the cell divide evenly, but she didn’t. She decided to add another chromosome to that baby’s cells. It doesn’t make the baby better or not as good as the other babies it just makes him or her different.
And if you find one of those babies, you are truly lucky for they are very special babies who grow into very special people.' Anonymous
If you are reading this, you are one of those lucky individuals who get to have one of those special babies in your lives. :)
We are walking again this year at the Step Up for Down Syndrome walk on 9/22 to celebrate everyone that is part of the Down syndrome community. We have set our team a goal of raising $1,000 to support the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota. The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission to empower individuals and their families, to create community, and to celebrate the abilities of people with Down syndrome.
If we meet our goal by 9/8 Adalyn's photo will be featured on a sign at the Step Up for Down Syndrom walk. (Last year our group of little walkers had a blast looking for Adalyn's sign!)
Will you help us reach our goal?! No donation is too small, every dollar matters!
If you are interested in walking with our team, please let us know. All are welcome!
We love you all and appreciate the support you continue to show our family.
Kyle, Stacy, Hayden, Ryker and Adalyn