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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Typical Child, Not One With Down Syndrome?


Down syndrome was recently in the news again.  An Australian couple left their surrogate son with Down syndrome, while "accepting" his typical child twin sister.  The uniqueness of this circumstance sent social media wild and it raised over $150,000. 


When Paige and I were first confronted with the news of Jaya’s Down syndrome diagnosis, we were devastated. 

We didn’t know.

Now we do. 

Please understand the following post in light of our Down syndrome transformation brought on by a bigger joy than we ever could have dreamed:

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A Typical Child

So you’re having a typical child, not one with Down syndrome?
I’m so sorry.

There will be times when this child, day or night, cannot be consoled and cries uncontrollably.
I’m so sorry.

This child will not be put to sleep in under five minutes every time.
I’m so sorry.

This child may not always wake up happy, smiling and content.
I’m so sorry.

This child may not play well all the time, whether alone or with others.
I’m so sorry.

This child may cry at times for seemingly no reason at all and not be consoled with a simple diaper change, feeding, nap or tender loving touch.
I’m so sorry.

This child may not like others or make people feel special upon first meeting them.
I’m so sorry.

This child will quickly go through all the stages of growth, hardly giving you a chance to enjoy each one.
I’m so sorry.

One day this child will leave your home without giving it a second thought and then you’ll have to play the “When are you coming home for a visit?” game all the rest of your life.
I’m so sorry.

You’re having a typical child, not one with Down syndrome?

I’m so sorry.