It's hard to believe O & Yo are 8 years old now. I remember not being able to picture what it would be like when he would be 5 years old, let alone 8. I remember when I first joined certain listservs and I would be getting advice from parents with "big kids" who had Down syndrome - their kids were 5, 8, 10 years old - and that seemed so far off.
It has been a blessed 8 years. O struggles with some things still, but is thriving. He is doing so well, it's truly a blessing. His biggest delay has always been his speech clarity, but most of us (who are around him all the time) understand him. He says full sentences, just needs help in clarity.
Seriously, I think a lot of people would be way better off if they had the blessing of someone with Down syndrome in their life.