Downs Syndrome and Babywearing~Corrie's story #MyFriendsMyCommunity #howdoyouseeme #downsyndromeawareness #carrymyjoy
' I am actually currently working to become a Volunteer Babywearing Educator for the local Babywearing International group and my number one goal is to bring in more families who have a baby with Down syndrome'
I'm Corrie. I am the mother of three boys. Nolan (8) Ephraim (7) and Arden (3).
When asked while I was pregnant if I wanted any extra testing done I told them no. I was 27 at the time. I thought it didn't matter. Even if it did it wouldn't have changed anything. Not then and certainly not now.
I didn't find out that Arden had Down syndrome until he was in my arms looking up at me with those different eyes. I. Was. Terrified.
I knew instantly, but no one said anything. My husband didn't know, he just saw his beautiful baby boy and fell in love. For about an hour I was terrified and alone in a fog holding this tiny baby that was not the baby I had expected, trying to nurse this tiny baby, because I felt like it would make things feel more normal. Maybe if I could just bond with him, things would be okay. I didn't want to be the one to bring it up that he was different though. It felt wrong. And what it I was wrong? Finally my midwife came back and pointed out the markers. I was scared out of my mind. I wished I could disappear, hoped this was all a dream. Even though I had already known, I wanted her to take it back. I didn't know what Down syndrome was. I knew what it looked like, but I didn't know what it was.
He was in the special care nursery that first night and I was in my recovery room crying. It was so much easier when he was inside of me. His blood sugar was low, he was too cold, and he couldn't hold his head up enough to keep his airways open. My body could take care of him and keep him safe, if only I could just put him back.
) Someone close to me has been dealing with postpartum depression and I could sympathize, because of my beginning with Arden. Not knowing how to connect. Wanting your baby back where they belong. She asked me when I finally started to be able to connect with Arden and I thought about it and made the discovery that it was around the time I started wearing him.
I did some form of babywearing with each of my kids, but with Arden I had to learn all over. He had low tone, something that is common in Down syndrome. My stretchy wrap didn't offer enough support. I was afraid to use the Mei Tai I had. He still needed to have a hip ultrasound done to check for hip dysplacia (another one of those things with Down syndrome) and I was afraid to splay his legs in a carrier. But then I rediscovered the ring sling a friend had given to me. It was perfect. From there I got into woven wraps. They provided us with a good deal of support, which was great. I joined the local babywearing group. At my first meeting a Mom walked right up to me so excited to see us. She had seen me on facebook and was excited to meet Arden. She had a sister who has Down syndrome. It's like we're in a club. People who love someone with Down syndrome. It's a really awesome club that everyone should join.
In the meeting I met other babywearing moms and made amazing new friends who saw Arden as I saw him. As just another kid.
He started taking leaps and bounds in physical therapy and by 15 months old he was walking! I give 50% of the credit for this accomplishment to his big brothers. He had to learn to walk so he could keep up with them! But I give the other 50% of the credit to babywearing. It's not just a great core workout for me, but an awesome one for him as well.
Babywearing helped me to connect, and it helped him to be the strong boy he is today. The wild boy who is now three and going to preschool, in the same school his big brothers go to, with typically developing children as well as those with special needs.
Babywearing helps us still even at three years old. It helps his Daddy put him to sleep on nights I am unavailable to nurse him. It helps us sooth him when he is sick, and it helps me get him to take a nap on days when his energy gets to be too much for me to handle. This boy can get into some serious trouble! Babywearing saves my sanity.
My advice to other parents considering babywearing their child with Down syndrome... DO IT. Find a local group and join it. Meet all the other wonderful babywearers out there. I am actually currently working to become a Volunteer Babywearing Educator for the local Babywearing International group and my number one goal is to bring in more families who have a baby with Down syndrome. It has done so much for me. I want to help others get to experience the same thing.
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Hello everyone! My name is Ayesha and I live in a town called Aberystwyth with my partner and two beautiful daughters Callie (3) &Caiya (1). My babywearing journey started when my youngest was two days old. I instantly fell in love with wrapping. I loved the fact that I could feel my baby close to me and also give my eldest the attention she needed without her feeling left out. My introduction to Joy and Joe came a month later when my dad bought me my Midnight Rainbow SMP. I was instantly drawn to their bright vibrant colours and who doesn’t like a bit of SMP? Since that day Joy and Joe has been my “go to” wrap. I love the fact that they are sturdy enough to carry my eldest and mouldable enough to suit my youngest. Their wrap quality is above anything I have ever felt. I’m really looking forward to hearing everyone’s lovely stories and why you fell in love with Joy and Joe.
Hi! My name is Larissa and I am a 25 year young mama to three boys!! Jack is 7, Cruze is 3, and Reece is 8 months. I have been in the babywearing community for about 4 years and am in too many Facebook babywearing groups to count! I found the love of wrapping with mysecond son. I particularly love a good ruck! My husband and I own a photography business and I am passionate about babywearing and breastfeeding photography! Shiver Me Paisley drew me to Joy and Joe and I stayed for the friendly community. I am excited to be part of the Joy and Joe ambassador team and hope to bring some helpful insights and advice to the Joy and Joe community, as well as spread the Joy and Joe love to all my local and far away friends!
My name is Zoe and I am mother to 3 lovely girls including identical twins. I started babywearing when the twins were about 4 weeks old and have never looked back, it's been a lifesaver! I absolutely love the King of Birds and the Kente range here at Joy and Joe.
I'm Teresa, a 32yo full time working mom with 3 boys (5yo, 2.7yo and 3 months).
I'm a kindergarten teacher and also work as an administrative. I'm Portuguese but currently living in the Netherlands.
I love being a Mother and I love being pregnant. I don't think there is a limit in number of children one should have. In a perfect world I would have many more children.. But the world isn't perfect and so I'm grateful with the ones I have.. ;)
I also love animals, traveling and of course, I love babywearing! I can't part with any wrap/carrier I own so I keep them all!! 😅 I'll be extremely sad when one day I'll stop using them.. My plan is to keep them for my grandchildren ;)
Hi, my name is Jonna and I’m from Michigan – USA. I’m a wife to an amazing & supportive husband and a very proud mama to 3 awesome children (10, 7, and 18m). I work from home as a crochet pattern designer. Babywearing was a must to get through our hectic days with 2 older kids. What started out as a mere convenience for life quickly became much, much more. I’m so thankful for the bond that was established through babywearing with my daughter. My husband found Joy and Joe Baby while he was researching wraps for my anniversary gift last year. I’m one lucky gal! He surprised me with the gorgeous SMP Midnight & the Luceo Non Uro and they have easily become my favorites. I now have a nice Joy and Joe Baby stash going and look forward to adding more!
My name is Ciarán McKenna, I live in Ireland with my partner of 13 years, Katie. We have a beautiful little boy who’s 15 months old. We live in the countryside in County Kerry, Ireland. I have been babywearing since he was about 6 weeks old and loving every minute of it! My second wrap was a Joy and Joe King of Birds and I still regularly use it. I now also have a Sapphire SMP and adore it! I’ve been a babywearing advocate since I started out and have been encouraging Dads to wear their babies at every opportunity. I have tried many many types and brands of carriers but I always end up going back to wraps, and more often than not a Joy and Joe!
Hi, I'm Anne, mum to Toby (7) Max (3) and James (15 weeks). I'm married to an incredible man called Matt who is my soulmate, sanity and personal comedian. I'm a babywearing peer supporter and advocate and I currently volunteer in 3 different sling libraries, I love babywearing and everything that goes with it, the bonding, the community and the incredible friendships it has led to. I'm an engineer, musician and a bit alternative, I like to laugh, read and have adventures. My dream is that my boys grow up inspired that they can achieve anything they set their minds to and obviously to own all the wraps! If you want to know more about me I have written a blog post that's on the Joy and Joe website about what got me into babywearing and involved with the Joy and Joe family.
Magdalena C. My life is a amazing journey in many aspects. I'm a happy wife and mom of 2 wonderful girls (almost 5yo and 2 yo) who surprise me every day. I love travelling, seeing and discovering beautiful places - those distant and those not so far away. I write a blog about our journeys ( https://wpodrozyprzezzycie.wordpress.com/ , mostly in Polish but wrap reviews are in English too.
I've been babywearing for almost 5 years and I love challenges, trying new wraps and carries and chatting about wraps as well as my internet social activity in a group I'm admining.
Hi everyone, I'm Lynsey from Dublin, Ireland. I have two amazing children Chloe and Scott. Married to Stephen for 3 years but together for 9. I'm a midwife by profession, currently a stay at home mother. Babywearing has brought me such freedom and friendship. In particular I have gravitated to wrapping. Steep learning curve but so worth it. Babywearing is such a precious time and a wonderful thing to do for your child I'm determined to make this a memorable phase in our journey as parents. Wrapping can make me feel like super mam on any given day. I'm looking forward to sharing more of our journey with you all
Hiya, I'm Laurna. Mummy to Caitlin who is 2.5. I started wearing my daughter when she was 6weeks old and has had so many benefits.
We exclusively wear every day in a variety of slings. I am a baby wearing consultant and sling accessory maker. I love to educate and enable others how to baby wear as its a huge part of our lives!
I am so honoured to be chosen by Joy&Joe to be one of their brand ambassadors! -Laurna's bio
Hi I am Lauren Mummy to Freya our babywearing journey started when I visited our local sling library before Freya was born to learn about slings then once born we hired a ring sling and borrowed a friends stretchy wrap. From then it became a slippery slope and a lot of slings have been in our lives we still babywear now and Freya will be 3 in April. I am now a babywearing peer supporter helping out our local library when I am not busy with running my own photography business. We have been a huge fan of joy and joe for a long time and had the pleasure to work along side bisi and major offering photography but also finding a fabulous friend in Bisi too.
Hello, my name is Bisi, babywearing consultant (SoB CIC), mother to two cheeky & very special kids (Joy and Joseph). Our 3rd baby has been christened Joy&Joe baby wrap slings! and we loveeee babywearing :)