5 Reasons I Smile

The ultimate goal of this blog is to spread awareness and show how beautiful life can be. We have four amazing daughters. Our youngest was born with Down syndrome. If just one person stops here and leaves with a different, better perspective about Down syndrome, then it is worth it. Regardless, I have 5 Reasons to Smile!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Down syndrome Awareness Month--- 31 for 21, "Yes and No"

There are developmental delays with Down syndrome. They vary from child to child. Speech is one area that is delayed. Our older girls developed a vocabulary by 1 and by 2 were speaking full sentences and telling stories. Kamryn was 2 in August and has developed a vocabulary, however I know she is "delayed" in her speech. I do compare her development to my older girls. I am not "comparing" her, but I do have three other children. I have somewhat of an idea when milestones are met, so I know where "typical" is. She can speak clearly over 50 words (maybe more). I posted about this in August when she turned two. I could add more to that list now. She sometimes will say two words together...."mom, hot" for example, when I put something hot on her plate.

She has said the words "yes" and "no" for sometime. Lately, she has become very dramatic with those words. We love to ask her questions:

us, "Kamryn, do you want to take a nap?"

her, "Noooooooooo" she will say (emphasis on the O and shaking her head appropriately).

us, "Kamryn, do you want a cookie?"

her, "Yesssssss!" she will say (emphasis on the SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS).

us, "Kamryn, do you want a carrot?"

her, "NOOOOOOOO!" (shaking her head rapidly and even pushing my hand away if it appears I am handing her one!)

And if she really wants to get our attention, she will text us her response :)

Delays don't mean a thing.

1 comment:

  1. The wonderful thing about any child is that as parents we can celebrate every single achievement. It matters not WHEN they speak or run or write, only that we were there to share it!

    I have wanted to meet you for so very long. I am the mother of two DS children: James, 12, and Anthony, 5. We live in Santa Maria and are friends with Eunice, and through her, Kay.

    God bless you as you write your blog and celebrate life with your very special children!

    Jennifer Stockdale