Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Welcome to the World Sweet Baby Cole

and big Congratulations to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and husband Brian Rodgers!

Congresswoman's baby has Down syndrome

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday that her month-old son, Cole, has been diagnosed with Down syndrome.

"This news has been difficult to get our arms around. Like every parent, we have hopes and dreams for our children," McMorris Rodgers said in a letter to constituents and supporters. "Although initially stunned, we are embracing our son and preparing for what may lay ahead."
McMorris Rodgers, a second-term Republican from eastern Washington state, was the first member of Congress in more than a decade to give birth while in office.
Down syndrome occurs when a person has three, rather than two, copies of the 21st chromosome. Characteristics associated with Down syndrome include low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes and cognitive delays.............please click on link to read full article.


Christina said...

Thanks for posting this, it is nice hearing about 'famous' people haveing DS kids :-)

L. Noelle said...

Hi There. I have officially started a petition for changing the way a prenatal diagnosis is given to new and expecting parents. If you are interested in this issue, please stop by and sign my petition. We can all change this system and get the Prentally Diagnosed Condition Act Passed, introduced by Senator's Kennedy and Brownback. Thank you.

Dani said...

Hello Tara Marie and Emma Sage, I didn't see a heading for this so here I am hi-jacking this post. I should probably add that I didn't look far and hard, please move it elsewhere if that makes more sense.

I just saw 20/20 and saw you and sweet Emma featured in the Mannitech segment. What a great thing! I was quoted in the NYT article that ran a few weeks ago and then our own local paper came out and did a "companion article" on Alyse and myself. (

Funny thing is that the Mannitech corp first called my local group's main number and asked for an audience with our group, citing that the supplements they offered changed that facial features of children like ours among other things. Our group refused to grant an audience. After the article on Alyse and myself ran (front page) the same person contacted me and stated the same thing. That these supplements would change the facial features of my Alyse, and that anyone who does not have their children (Ds) on these supplements is in essence committing child abuse (as quoted by a doctor, not kidding). I said to her, "Well you have seen Alyse, are you suggesting that her facial features need to be changed?" (silence on the other end). I then said, "I think I am going to get off the phone now..."

That was that, and she has not contacted us since.

But I wanted to thank you for bringing to light one of the issues that our community faces.

You and ES are such an inspiration to me, I read your blog on a regular basis and REALLY admire you and your entire family.

Keep up the good work and god bless.