Wednesday, October 5, 2011


At 6:30 this morning Antalya and I were in the car rocking out to her favorite version of The Wheels on the Bus. Despite my efforts to convince her otherwise, Antalya was convinced we were headed to Uncle Scott's house to play. We've only been to his house once, and it most definitely was not at 6:30am. 

As we drove through downtown Salt Lake City I was reminded again of how quaint this city feels after being in London for two years. I feel like I could pick up the whole city and hold it in the palm of my hand. But I love it! Especially when I hit every green light on South Temple. This city is my home.

Just as the sky was beginning to lighten behind the mountains, we pulled into the parking lot at Primary Children's Hospital for a full day of doctors. Lucky for Antalya, she will asleep for most of it! They let me follow her back to the OR and stay with her until she was out. As I walked out, I couldn't help looking back at my little girl. She looked so tiny laying on such a big operating table. 
She will be out for the entire morning with a line-up of dental work, ear tubes, echocardiogram on her heart, and ABR hearing scan. 

And I will spend the morning waiting, reading, and enjoying a few quite hours all to myself!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I am beautiful.
I am smart.
I love to dance.
I forgive quickly, and love unconditionally.
I am a friend.
I can always make people smile.
I am loved by many.
I have blue eyes.
I am a sister.
I am a daughter.
I am Antalya!

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Today begins Down Syndrome Awareness Month. 
It is also the month Antalya was born, so naturally always brings with it much contemplation on the blessing this little angel is to our family.  
Watch for lots of post this month celebrating Down syndrome and the life of my beautiful daughter Antalya.