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!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Speaking in sentences

My mom called today to tell me Kamryn said, "I want my mom. I want my mom."

OK, that is heart melting, in more ways than you know.

Because Kamryn is delayed with some of her development, we notice the small things. We see each step she takes to learn something new and realize the work required to develop each skill. After her diagnosis (and reading all the things she would not do, may not be able to do and would never do) I was left wondering if she would do anything. I felt like I was constantly on edge waiting for her to roll over, sit-up, crawl, stand,walk, etc. Every time she reached a milestone I would celebrate for only a minute and then keep my fingers crossed her development wouldn't end there. It may seem absurd, but when you are holding a new born and told they have Down syndrome, you can't wrap your mind around what that means. With my other girls I never thought twice about how they would develop or if they would develop. When I looked at Kamryn I ACTUALLY WONDERED if she was even going to grow.

Today, I am much less concerned about her reaching milestones and developing. I see her blossoming daily and I have realized, like all children (and people), she will move ahead at her pace and with love, encouragement and support she will be just fine.

She has recently started speaking in sentences and expressing her feelings, which is a huge step in speech and general development. When I put the head piece to her Halloween costume on, she kept saying, "to tight, to tight, take off!" While out trick or treating she said, "I'm scared" I paused at this and thought - How does she know to use that word to describe her feeling? Well Andrea, maybe because she is one smart cookie :)!

We have also heard:

"Hungry for Subway." Yes, this cracks me up :)

"Thirsty water please."

"Brynn did it!" Yes, she has started telling on her sisters! I told them this day would come!

"Throat hurts, Doctor."

Her vocabulary is growing and her speech is developing and she is talking in sentences!

Once a week Kamryn takes an adaptive
PE class. This helps her with gross motor skills
and gives us ideas to use with her at home.

She is always "going out!"

she sees a "bug!"

There is water pouring out of the cup...

The contagious smile!