Mom’s Motivational Social Media Pages For Adorable Twins With Down Syndrome Inspires Tens Of Thousands
Social media users love any photo or video featuring young children. Whether they’re demonstrating a new trick or just giggling uncontrollably, the Internet eats it right up. That includes anything featuring Boise, Idaho’s adorable twin three-year-old toddlers Charlie and Milo McConnel, who have gained thousands of Facebook and Instagram followers. They have proven that Down Syndrome won’t slow them down and allows them to be serve as role models to influence others.
The twin brothers break barriers on social media, proving they are fun and silly toddlers, just like everyone else. The cute-as-a-button three-year-old toddlers, nicknamed “Chuckles and Meatloaf” by their parents, have become social media influencers with more than 32,000 Instagram followers (@chucklesandmeatloaf) and 25,000-plus Facebook followers and counting.
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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
The twins don’t do anything out of the ordinary in their pictures or videos. They’re not putting on a performance. Instead, their social media presence features their daily routines, which is exactly what their parents wanted to feature.
Their Daily Life
The twins’ mother, Julie McConnel, shared that she originally started their Facebook page, Charlie and Milo: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, as a way to share updates to family and friends. She didn’t expect the social media page to grow, but she’s happy to share what the family’s daily life is like.
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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
“I just wanted it to be more of a way to share, ‘This is our life; and this is what it’s really like to grow up and have twins in your home with Down syndrome,’” McConnel said. “Because that’s what I wanted to know when I got the diagnosis. What is this life really, really, really like? I don’t just want to see rainbows and butterflies and miracles every day.”
When McConnel was pregnant with Charlie and Milo, she had no idea what to expect. She followed the parents of children with Down syndrome to get a close idea of what it’s like to raise children who are considered “different” in society’s standards. She knew she could do the same thing and hopefully influence others, showcasing that her sons are just like everyone else.
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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
“You feel like this thing that’s the biggest blow you’ve ever received in your life has suddenly become a tremendous blessing that you’re so grateful for,” McConnel said. “I have these children who are so remarkable and so unique and so special. I feel like I have them for a purpose and I can show that to someone else.”
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