Today, 3-year-old Adaline is in preschool and officially loving her new role in the family. She's a big sister!
"She is the most soft, gentle, kind, loving big sister. She nurtures her sister so much," said Hannah. "She responds to her cries and always makes sure she's OK. She's also in preschool now, and while we had a rough start with her leaving me, she is doing so well."
Hannah says that she owes all her success to the supportive Down syndrome community she's quickly become a part of. "This community is unlike any other," she said. "Tons of families from all over the country, even the world, who instantly have this connection and can relate to each other because of our special kiddos. Being Adeline's mom has motivated me and challenged me to advocate for people and families of all abilities."
Now, Hannah runs a YouTube channel, The Ups and Downs, with other parents who have children with Down syndrome, where she works to create a space where people from all walks of life can relate or even learn about the diagnosis. "Meeting families going through their diagnosis and being told that Adaline's life gives them hope makes all the bad days worth it, and all the good days better," said Hannah.