Babies, Buddy Walks and Blogs

It’s that time of year again… the time of year when my siblings and friends have a ton of babies all within weeks of each other! I know. Weird! It’s also the time of year called “fall” and that means I am galavanting around the country with colors on my fingers and singing and signing with some of our most devout Signing Time Fans… because it’s ALSO the time of year for Down syndrome awareness walks!

WAIT!!! — remember what happened last time everyone I knew was going into labor and I was performing at Buddy Walks?

I remember.
It was 2008.

It started with Baby Asher then came Baby Ryan and even Baby Carter came along too! (But he was born in Georgia… SO far away from me)

The grande finale was Rachel & Natalie’s Excellent Adventure in the midst of all of that I went to Oklahoma, Oregon, and Denver… and then… then Leah’s hat caught on fire.


Well, that was 2008.
…And this is 2010

My sister Sarah had Baby Oslo

weeks later my sister-in-law Danielly had Baby Zoey.

A week later my sister-in-law Katie had Baby Brody. (They are in Las Vegas, so I don’t have a photo of Lucy holding him… YET.)

And for the GRAND FINALE… my sister Emilie, yes THE Emilie, had a baby girl on September 20th!!! (a little girl who is yet to be named, but big deal, they didn’t name Alex for three weeks and he turned out all right)

I’m happy to report that Baby Girl Brown attended her first Signing Time Owner’s Meeting yesterday. I held her while Emilie and I held the meeting with others via Skype. Being the boss is boss!

I was able to be at all of the births I was scheduled to be at… and likewise I was not at the births I was not expected to be at… that’s how birth should be.

In the meantime… here is my Down Syndrome Walk schedule ๐Ÿ™‚ I already performed in Salt Lake City… and New York City… you were either there or you missed them. Either way you can see photos of the SLC event on my Facebook Fan Page and you can see NYC photos there as well. This weekend I head to Fox Cities, Wisconsin and the following week I will be in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

We have created Team Signing Time for each of the events this year so all of you Signing Time Families can hang out, get freebies and walk together.

Utah Down Syndrome Foundation Buddy Walk
When: Saturday, September 18 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: West Valley Cultural Celebration Center, located at 1355 West 3100 South just off Redwood Road
You weren’t here, but we were!

Rachel Hopkins and Leah

If you weren’t there, then you missed THIS magical moment:

Caterpillar Dreams - Lucy

The National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk in New York
Team Signing Time NEW YORK
When: Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Rachel will perform at The Great Hill, Central Park, New York City

Team Signing Time NYC

You also missed this magical moment…

Darth Vader's Angels

Wisconsin Down Syndrome Awareness Walk
Team Signing Time WISCONSIN
I will be giving a keynote address on Friday, October 1 at 6:30pm at Elks Lodge No. 337
(1103 W College Ave, Appleton, WI)
I will be performing at The Awareness Walk on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 1:45pm at Riverside Park, Neenah, Wisconsin

The Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Buddy Walk
Where: Buddy Walk at in Wakefield, MA at Lake Quannapowitt
When: Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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About Rachel Coleman

The opinions and late night musings published on this blog are Rachel de Azevedo Coleman's alone, and are not ever intended to represent the opinions and sentiments of any organization or product that Rachel is, was, or will be associated with. Rachel Coleman is the creator and Emmy-nominated host of Signing Time!, the children's American Sign Language vocabulary building series. She is also the creator and host of Baby Signing Time, Rachel & the TreeSchoolers, and Rachel & Me. Rachel now serves as the Executive Director of the American Society for Deaf Children, a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1967 by parents of deaf children. ASDC is the American Sign Language organization for families who are raising deaf children. Motivated by her child, Leah's deafness, Rachel has spent the last 18 years creating ASL products to help bridge the communication barrier between hearing and signing communities. In 2006 Rachel founded the Signing Time Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to putting communication in the hands of all children of all abilities. In 2014, the Signing Time Foundation launched a 50-Lesson online ASL curriculum called "Sign It: ASL Made Easy" that is available free-of-charge to families with deaf or hard of hearing children ages 36 months and under. Apply at For those who do not qualify to receive Sign It ASL for free, they can find it for purchase at very reasonable rates on Rachel and her husband, Aaron, live in Salt Lake City Utah. They are parents to Leah who was born profoundly deaf, and is now a senior in college at NTID/RIT in Rochester, NY. They are also parents to Lucy who has spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and recently graduated high school. In 2010 the Colemans were joyfully reunited with Rachel's daughter Laura. Rachel is proud to be Laura's birth mom. Laura was placed for adoption as an infant in 1992 when Rachel was 17 years-old.

25 thoughts on “Babies, Buddy Walks and Blogs

  1. We keep hoping you’ll make it down here to Austin, TX (or really, anywhere in Texas … we’ll take San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, or Ft. Worth … we don’t mind driving!) someday soon.

    My 3-year-old speech-delayed twins adore all of you and think of you as personal friends! My son even asks for “Rachel in the red shirt” because he really loves those early volumes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congratulations on all the new babies in your family! I love this line, Rachel:
    “I was able to be at all of the births I was scheduled to be atโ€ฆ and likewise I was not at the births I was not expected to be atโ€ฆ thatโ€™s how birth should be.”
    Yup, I agree. ๐Ÿ™‚ And love the photo with the Darth Vader Angels.

  3. Hello, Rachel! I’m a huge fan and get very excited to receive new emails when you update your blog! Congratulations to all the new babies in your life! I actually work at a child development lab school with infants whom I teach sign language to! I begin with children when they are 6 weeks old and continue with them until they turn 4 years old, and I constantly teach them Sign Language! You are my inspiration and I love showing the children your videos. The children sign “more” and get excited to learn signs in a new way. (They especially love signing the “Silly Pizza Song!) I have actually held several seminars to parents, co-workers, and various teachers in Knoxville and the state of Tennessee about Sign Language and the importance and benefits of teaching signs to children, and it was a great help using some of the resources on the Signing Time website. I just wanted to say thank you for everything you do and you are a great role model to look up to. Keep up the great work!

  4. Congrats on all of the newest additions to your family! Hoping that you’ll be in Ohio sometime soon. My son loves your DVD’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. PLEASE come to Texas! We live in Houston, but we would also drive to Austin, San Antonio or Dallas to sing and sign with you! Our younger son is 9 and has Down syndrome. We have been watching Signing Time with him for a long time. Even though his speech is MUCH improved, he will sign a word or phrase that he doesn’t have a verbal word for. I can’t tell you what a difference that has made for him…greatly reduces his frustration. He has so much to say and, thanks to you, he has a way to communicate all of that.

  6. Have to pipe in…. Texas would LOVE to have you!!!! I’ll be on the hunt for an event… or come up with one myself!!

    SWEET SWEET baby pictures… nothing better than the miracle of babies.

  7. My husband and I just signed our family up to Walk on the ST team for this coming weekend in Wakefield! We can’t wait to meet you and to walk for such an awesome cause!

  8. How do we get you to come to our Buddy Walk? I know it is too late for this year – but, we’d love to have you here in Alabama. Plus, we are close to Georgia, so you can visit Baby Carter.

    As you know from all my comments, my little girl LOVES ST and loves to do everything all of you do on the DVDs. She picks up new signs so quickly and is getting better at being more specific with them. Her daycare class has also started to share her DVDs with the other kids because she loves them so much and they do now, too. We send a DVD to go with their weekly theme. This week it is colors and they are all learning along with my daughter! Thanks for all you’ve done to help her communicate with us at this early age!

    • Sandy, Get in touch with us early! I already have 2 weekends blocked for 2011. Contact lindsey(at)signingtimefoundation(dot)org or send a request for info our customer service and they will forward it to the right place. You can have me, Alex, Leah and even Hopkins depending on your budget. Baby Carter just moved to Oregon, though… I’d still love to see Georgia!

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