Oakley + Welles + Family Celebrating "Up syndrome" since 2013!
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I wish mothering today was as beautiful and clean as this picture... but not quite. that pretty girl and i had a couple rounds of duking it out this weekend... and tonight, after the final round, i looked at her brushing her teeth while scowling at me because i’m such a “mean mom” (didn’t let her have a second bedtime snack) and my heart softened... i had to stop and remember that she’s still too young to process how hurtful her words can be (“mean mom” was only one of many phrases directed at me today). i needed to get down on her level and remind her how much we love each other even when we feel angry. then we read some scripture verses and she snuggled me like i was the best thing in her entire world. ♥️ and now, all is well... until tomorrow morning, but i’ll soak it up. 😉 this girl has a million emotions and most of them are so so positive. she amazes me even when she’s draining me. 👱🏼‍♀️ #mygirl #worthitall #littlemissamazing #nothingdownaboutit

comment 23 star 2,293 6 hours ago

Most popular fella in town. ♥️ papa rock steals the show again. i could hardly get these boys to even look at me this whole weekend. i get it though, he’s the best. we all love him to the “sun, moon and stars... forever and ever!” ☺️ #hisphrase #daddio #paparock #familyiseverything #nothingdownaboutit

comment 11 star 2,437 9 hours ago

Ran for our angel boy in heaven today. 👼🏼 i can’t believe it’s almost been a year. love you ares... so so much. #nephew #angelbaby #runwithangels ♥️ (ames got a little tuckered out after that first big mile😅)

comment 42 star 3,933 Yesterday

“come at me friday!” 🌊 wishing we were at the beach. instead the boys played in a muddy plastic pool. 🤷🏼‍♀️ improv at its finest. happy friday, people!! 😘 #tgif #nothingdownaboutit (thanks for snapping this @meeshellsullivan ♥️)

comment 47 star 4,450 2 days ago

I can’t believe that i get to take credit for making these little people. 🙋🏼‍♀️ they sure bring me a lot of sunshine and happiness. ☀️ speaking of sunshine... what are your favorite outdoor activities with littles around this age? it’s finally that time of year (i swear... if we get another random late-spring snow storm 🤯!!). let’s get creative! #mylittlepeople #nothingdownaboutit

comment 32 star 3,144 3 days ago

Some days you just gotta bring that magic... and today that magic came in the form of bubbles. ✨ ran wild with these three on the capitol grounds where i used to intern. i have fond memories at this place watching laws pass and change happen first hand. ♥️ someday i hope to be back on this hill speaking with/and for people who are differently-abled. in the meantime, i’ll chase my babies around in the bubbles and roll down the grass hills with them. thanks @brittanynikolephoto for always capturing us in our chaos. (these outfits are from @luluandroo and i’m pretty sure they’re running a big sale right now 🙌🏼)

comment 39 star 4,131 4 days ago

Thanks to the many messages of kindness towards my “ranting” clips in stories today. the goal is to keep this space a positive space while always being honest. when i read an email today, i just felt like i had to speak up. we have to unite as moms and ask medical professionals to stop predicting our kids futures. they can tell me what welles life is going to look like just as easily as they can tell me what my “typical” kids lives are going to look like. so in other words.... they can’t! while i wish i could change the way they present this diagnosis as a sad thing, or stop them from convincing expectant parents that their lives will be so much harder and place limits on their child (who is still in a u****s 😆), i can’t. what i can do is shout the worth of children like my welles, share the immense joy that he brings into our home and let you know that yes, some things will be harder. but it will, without a doubt, be more than worth it. like i’ve said a million times, what child doesn’t come with hard aspects? none. what if we knew how hard certain things about our other kids would be? would we give up on them? no! parenting any child is hard. and wonderful. and messy. and exhausting. and the best thing that has happened to us. so keep spreading the word with me... keep shouting their worth and keep believing in these kids while having faith in the unknown. ♥️ thank you @brittanynikolephoto for sneakily capturing some of these moments with my kids and sending them to me today as i was having these thoughts... meant to be as they show just how happy and wonderful these kids light up our home... down syndrome and not. ✨ #nothingdownaboutit (thank you @jedediahsjourney for sharing your story in that email with me today!)

comment 119 star 2,985 5 days ago

When he’s missing.... just follow the trail. 😆 i had no clue that a tiny little person was capable of tearing a house apart as quickly as a tornado. 🌪 good thing i like him so darn much. #thiskid #moverandshaker #sheetmusic #everywhere #nothingdownaboutit ♥️

comment 18 star 2,859 5 days ago

Today i got scarlett all ready for school and then found out she doesn’t have it this week (i’m so on top of things). 😆 so we spent the day in comfy clothes, read books, watched a movie and jumped on the trampoline until i wet my pants... tmi. 🤷🏼‍♀️ speaking of mom problems.... let me remind you of a clothing solution. 😏 you can still get 10% off your purchase, including our “mom on the run” line/collaboration at @nestboutique (where this comfy dress is from)! just use oakley10 at checkout. hope you all took an extended mother’s day and were as lazy as i was today. #mondayfunday #thatswhatisay #nothingdownaboutit

comment 27 star 3,347 6 days ago

Late night video watching and found this footage from last week. welles got a taste a beach life. 🌊 watching him discover new things is always so magical. ✨ he has such a happiness for life and all of the beauty around him! 🙌🏼 i’m always learning from this kid. (please watch his football stance as a wave approaches in the second video! 😂) and that giggle... 😍 #nothingdownabouthim

comment 139 star 6,844 1 weeks ago

I vote for a quarterly mother’s day! who’s with me? 🙋🏼‍♀️#mykindofday #nothingdownaboutit

comment 55 star 4,881 1 weeks ago

You three make my world go round. thank you for teaching me and pushing me to be a better version of myself. thank you for forgiving me as i make countless mothering mistakes. thank you for growing my heart three times bigger and filling my life with a ridiculous amount of love! you might be the reason that i’m a sweaty mess and clean a million disasters a day... and you may have made me a professional bum wiper... but nothing in this world could make me happier than hearing you call me “mom”. happy mothers day to all of my beautiful friends that are trying to figure out motherhood with me. sending you all lots of cyber hugs. ♥️

comment 68 star 5,229 1 weeks ago