I have heard comments like, "Well, that might be so with a typical child, but Kamryn is not typical." I even read an article (discussing parenting a child with Down syndrome) that stated I should throw out everything I knew and did with my other children, because raising her would be completely different. FYI raising each of them is different.
During the first year of her life I had envisioned a depressing future, based on information I was given and preconceived notions I had formed. I was actually setting myself up for a life of sadness, despair, therapy sessions, missing my other girls (who I wouldn't be able to spend much time with due to their sister's special needs), divorce (yes, we were told it is very common for couples raising a child with "special needs" to divorce-Why would someone feel the need to share that with us????). FYI divorce is just common. As I write this, it's almost laughable. However, in my darkest days, I really thought the joyful, beautiful life I had lived was over.
I could write paragraphs on this subject. But pictures are worth a thousand words......
She is typical. Our life is not.