Kelsey - posted on 01/09/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Your posts are so cool to read.
I was only 3 when my little brother was born (with downs). He is now 20 years old!
I could tell you lots of stories. My mom didn't know John had downs until the doctor handed him to her at the hospital (after he had been to the nursery) and my mom figured it out on her own because of his physical characteristics- which are adorable.
Later on in life, I had the privileged of being John's "2nd mom" when my mom needed a break. I think I can speak for my mom when I say that her biggest challenge was finding people she could trust to really want to get to know John and watch him when she needed a sitter.... but God sends people your way. So many people through the years have become true friends of John and continue to send him cards and even drive distances to see him. He has his own cell phone and he lights up when he receives calls from people that he met and has known since he was only 5. He is a lover.
I am a mother myself and although not to a downs baby, I consider John to be a HUGE blessing to me and can't imagine life without him. If you have any questions...about sibling rivalry, education, the stubborn factor, group home thoughts or anything else.. I'd be happy to offer my perspective.
Thanks for loving on these precious kids.