To the mom who’s just received a Down syndrome diagnosis

It’s been a year since we first learned that our baby likely had Down syndrome. The news came in amidst a deluge of overwhelming news that left me weeping on a bathroom floor. Our 20-week ultrasound appointment showed that he had a serious heart defect, severely restricted growth, and brain issues. We hadn’t done any prenatal screenings, but Down syndrome...

Mika’s Mochi Rice Cakes 餅

Mochi is a traditional Japanese rice cake that dates back to the 6th century. In the United States it started gaining popularity in the ’90s, and can now be easily...

Oranges and chimpanzees

I’m writing this post while Ronin’s back in surgery, part deux. Technically this surgery is an angioplasty to widen the main, left and right branches of his pulmonary artery. It...