Down Syndrome Children’s Mom Creates Motivational Social Media Pages and Inspires People

Time has taught us that people that are using social media love looking at photos of cats, dogs, and young babies and children. No matter what the babies and the children on the pictures do. Whether they laugh and giggle or if they’re doing something funny people simply love them. And, the twins from Boise, Idaho who are three years old, didn’t get anything different. Namely, Charlie and Milo McConnel, are the two children who have gathered tons of followers on Instagram as well as on Facebook. The two boys are suffering from Down syndrome, and they’ve proven that it has nothing to do with failure, in fact, they actually did something most children their age wouldn’t be able to.

Followers Growing Daily

The two boys are getting followers left, right and centered. But, that is not a vital part of the story. The essential part of the story is the fact that they too can be funny and act silly, and they are nothing different from any ordinary child. The amazing three-year-old twins have won the hearts of thousands upon thousands of people. Namely, they’ve gathered somewhere around 32 000 followers and became some of the youngest social media influencers. The two of them got the nicknames Chuckles and Meatloaf from their parents, and that’s their Instagram profile “@chucklesandmeatloaf.” And, as for other social media, the young twins have nearly 25 000 people following them on Facebook. The photos and the videos don’t show the twins doing anything out of the ordinary… And, everything that you can see on their social media profiles is their everyday routines, not some kind of performance. And this was the exact picture their parents were trying to show us, that their kids are ordinary.

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Shouting some love this Monday morning! . I am absolutely CRAZY for the @goshoutlove shirts for this month! Seriously so cute! And they are so soft and comfy too! . Go Shout Love is an organization we love to support to raise funds and awareness for children who are on rare medical journeys. A different child (or like this month, children) is chosen each month to be featured along with their family and proceeds from sales go toward their medical expenses. . Take a moment and watch the IGTV video for this month’s campaign at @goshoutlove. This month our friends Ryder and Harper are featured! You can follow their family’s journey at @_ashleymontano . #goshoutlove #twinswithdownsyndrome #lifeisbetterwithyou #happymonday #upsyndrome

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The Twins’ Daily Routines

Julie McConnel is the mother of the kids, and she spoke about the story of their social media presence. She remembered how she started the twins’ Facebook page, and she named it “Charlie and Milo: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.” This way she was hoping to update people on how their life is going. She wasn’t expecting that many people following the page, but, as she says, it is what it is. The only thing that she was trying to show to people is how two twins that are suffering from the Down syndrome are acting in everyday life, and how is it to live with them. She also added that she had started this page because of the fact that her first question once she got the diagnosis was how is it going to be living with the two twins with down syndrome. She is sharing everything, and not everything’s pink on their profiles.

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Spidey, The Dark Knight and Optimus Prime took a trip to the zoo… No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad joke. . What a great time at Spooktacular with friends tonight! The twins loved the bins of dried corn and all the costumed animals. Andy ran amok with his friend the lizard and took countless trips down the giraffe slide (a.k.a. The Death Trap). . And that rock at the zoo. I have so many photos on that rock – from years ago with my older kids and special friends, and now with my little ones. . Oh. And bonus points if you can spot the feline photo bombers. #downsyndrome #upsyndrome #nothingdownaboutit #lifeisbetterwithyou #twinswithdownsyndrome #t21 #theluckyfew #downsyndromeawarenessmonth

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Motivation and Inspiration for Others with Down Syndrome

Once Julie McConnel found out that she was pregnant and discovered the state that Charlie and Milo were she didn’t know what life was going to be like. So, she decided to start following parents whose children are suffering from Down syndrome. This was all in order to see the whole picture of how living with kids suffering from Down syndrome actually is. She started the profiles in order to be an inspiration for other people with similar problems. She said something more about how learning about her children’s state felt for her. And, she said that it felt like life has given her the biggest blow, but once she started living with the kids she noticed that this was all a blessing in disguise.  She said that now, she has two amazing children that are unique and special, so she wanted to inspire other people to embrace what life has given them. She feels like she has her story for a reason and she wants to find what that reason is.

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Milo and Charlie are sporting their “For the sake of Pete, just leave your jammies on, guys!” look from last night. – One problem with teaching your child a new skill, such as operating a zipper, is that it can backfire on you. They are doing so well zipping up and, with no guidance from me, are also perfecting the skill in reverse. – The nights are getting mighty cold here in Idaho so we have moved from two piece jammies to footie sleepers. The boys *waller around so much in their cribs at night that blankets are worthless – even if they haven’t thrown them out on the floor before going to sleep. Also, they wake up in the night for plenty of reasons so wearing the sleepers paired with a onesie we can at least rule out “too cold” as one of the causes. – This idea here has a twofold advantage. It provides the extra warmth of the onesie while preventing operation of the zipper. I must credit my husband with this genius. – One night he was dressing Milo for bed and forgot to put his onesie on. Rather than go through the hassle of taking the jammies off and putting the onesie on underneath, he took a shortcut and put the onesie on, well, like this! – Now he may blame the idea on laziness but I give credit all day long for resourcefulness. And we immediately realized the value of this clothing combo for the prevention of access to the zipper. All the kudos to my brilliant hubby, a man who is 100% fine with function over fashion. – * Sidenote: It has been brought to my attention that “waller” may, in fact, not be an actual word. Can somebody help me out here? Waller is a word that is firmly rooted in my vocabulary by my parents. I used it frequently when I was growing up. It means some combination of wiggle/wallow/writhe I would guess. For example, “That car is wallering all over the road” or “Quit wallering around in that chair and be still!” Please tell me other folks out there KNOW this is a word too?!?! #twinstruggles #twinswithdownsyndrome #t21 #lifeisbetterwithyou #upsyndrome

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