Meet Milo and Charlie, the sweet twins with Down syndrome who have gone viral.
Their parents Julie and Dan McConnel post adorable daily snaps of their every day lives on social media, where they have gained a large number of followers!
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The genetic condition causes cognitive and physical delays, and can make parenting extra tough. Kids who have the condition can also have poor eyesight, congenital heart disease as well as difficulty learning.
But Charlie and Milo’s parents want to show the world that kids with Down syndrome are happy and smiley like the rest of the world!
“My hope is to attract families that are receiving a diagnosis of Down syndrome for their child because that can be really scary. I hope that people will find us, and see that this is what life can be like,” Julie told WSTP 10 News.
“It can be fun, it’s full of love, it’s not scary. We have no regrets, and there is so much joy in our lives, and I hope that people will see that.”
They just want to reassure other parents whose kids have been diagnosed that there is nothing to worry about, and that the diagnoses can provide lots of love and joy.
“It takes them a little longer to meet milestones, but when they meet goals we celebrate like no other parents alive,” Julie said.
“We throw a party and we’re so excited for them when they accomplish those things.”
The adorable pair are thought to be a 1-in-a-million case as they are fraternal twins too!
Julie and Dan are so happy they can provide comfort to other parents who may be in the same boat.
“It’s big to show everyone else that we are here, and there are all these kids in our community, and we hope that they will see us and remember us and that things will continue to change in our communities with lots of acceptance,” Dan said.
“We’re standing on the shoulders of other parents that have paved the way for all these things to happen and it’s an exciting time to have a child with Down syndrome.
“I want to see them grow up and do whatever they want to do,” Julie said.
Credit: The Epoch Times