March 21st has always been a special day for our family. It was the day my brother rushed into the world and forced me to share my parents. It was also a day of a snow. Sorry folks, snow in late March, on the first day of spring no less.
On September 16, 2009 my daughter Ellie Marie was born and my husband and I learned that she was/is carrying an extra copy of the 21st chromosome in every cell in her body. Our Ellie has Down syndrome or Trisomy 21.
Now, on March 21st, in addition to celebrating my brother's birthday, we also celebrate all individuals who have Down syndrome--three copies of the 21st chromosome--3.21
Here is Ellie:
Oh and, Happy Birthday, Matt! --love, your favorite sister ever