It is time to take a breath and assess how far Down's Side Up has come, celebrate the great things achieved and focus on the end goal. I have been marching forward on a crusade to change the way the world perceives Down's Syndrome for just under two months now. Two short months...
If you count one just one friend without a child with Down's Syndrome telling me she has now 'got it', then I have succeeded.
If you count just one new Mum with a baby with Down's Syndrome feeling uplifted, inspired and 'kept going', then all the late nights writing and networking have been worth it.
If you count one friend writing and telling me that she will not repeat the testing she had in her first pregnancy in any future pregnancies, then I have removed the fear from people's minds.
If one lady whose baby with Down's Syndrome was stillborn can bring herself to read my musings, I am deeply humbled.
If you consider that a link to my blog is going to be included in a book used in GP update training, than we have succeeded in gaining the attention of the medical profession.
If you count one Mum telling me how the midwife told her to 'go home and think about whether she wanted to keep her baby', just two short years ago, I know we have a long way still to go.
If you count just one of Natty's classmates Mums telling me that she watched the video of Natty reading and thinks she reads better than her child, I have gained respect and belief of others in our children.
If you count the face of a child with Down's Syndrome being used to model clothes and market luxury holidays, then I have demystified that extra chromosome.
If you count appearing in a national Newspaper, read by 5 million Britons daily, then I have spread the word that Down's Syndrome is beautiful.
If my postman squeezes me in a bear hug and tells me he is proud of me, I know we are loved as a family.
If you count a stranger telling me of a friend who gave her baby up for adoption, whilst crying tears of gratitude for the work I am doing, then perhaps I can hope to prevent other women finding themselves in such a desperate place.
Down's Syndrome is beautiful. Down's Syndrome is not to be feared. Down's Syndrome is to be embraced and included. Please help me spread my word dear friends xxx