Growing up with Down syndrome

Updated 5:41 PM ET, Mon January 13, 2014
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Ellie Bowerman laughs during a play date with her friends. The 4-year-old has Down syndrome, but "she's more alike than different," writes her father, Bret Bowerman. Courtesy Bowerman family
The Bowerman family enjoys a beach vacation in 2011. Courtesy Bowerman family
Ellie sports a ballerina costume for a princess party at 2. Courtesy Bowerman family
Ellie heads to her first day of camp at 3. Courtesy Bowerman family
Ellie clambers off a playground slide at 4. Courtesy Bowerman family
Ellie, now almost 5, gets ready to devour a treat of frozen yogurt. Courtesy Bowerman family
Ellie poses with her younger brother at a recent wedding. Courtesy Sarah Thompson
Ellie and her dad share a moment at the wedding. Courtesy Sarah Thompson