What Your Child With Down Syndrome Might Do
There are no guarantees in life. Having a great love, following a true passion, having a child… it’s all a gamble. You won’t always take the most worn and traveled path as you create your own life story, and that’s OK. My son Parker has Down syndrome, and he is 2 years old. In his short life, he has inspired many people to do many things, and created some beautiful memories for our whole family. It can be a scary place, the first moments (and days and years) after your child with Down syndrome enters the world. I can’t tell you it will be easy. And I can’t gloss over the medical issues that can come with a child with additional needs – after all, he was on oxygen until he was a toddler and I’m grateful he no longer needs it. But maybe I can show you a little of what else you have in store… the potential of what could be.
Here’s what your child might do.
He might show you how to stop and smell the flowers.
He might breastfeed until he is 16 months old.
He might become a model.
He might use all your tissues.
He might make best friends with all the delivery men.
He might inspire someone to run a marathon for him on the other side of the world, in America.
Or even in Europe.
He might be the best thing that ever happened to his big sister or brother. “Mom, if I didn’t have him, I just… I don’t even.”
He might get into the presents before Christmas morning.
He might be really good at yoga.
He might really, really love Taco Tuesday.
Or love a bit of cheese in general.
Instead of adhering to low expectations, he might set his own pace through life, like every other child.
He might have a much bigger personality and more opinions than you ever anticipated.
Your child might wake in the morning, and reach for you. And while you lay there wearing his little arms, the most precious of jewels around your neck, you might decide this child is the best thing that ever happened to you.
A version of this story first appeared on Katrina’s blog, Parker Myles.
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