*This letter was written by Jennifer, mom of Evan, who was one of our earliest basket of hope recipients. She sent this to us on November 28th—Giving Day—to show her support and love, and to give back in her own way. We’re so grateful. And it’s worth the read! xo
Letter to new parents of a baby with Down syndrome, from someone who knows:
You just received the diagnosis that your child has Down syndrome and you feel that your world is caving in.
It really isn’t, you just won the baby lotto.
It may not seem like that right now, but with time you will see it’s true. Don’t listen to the negativity of the doctors who are often going off outdated information. There is a whole new world out there for our kiddos and they can and do anything they want to do.
Yes, it takes them longer to meet their milestones but that just means you can treasure your baby longer then those with typical kids. My son is 13 months old and is the light of my life. His smile can melt anyone’s heart. He makes the darkest days bright again just by being himself. I can’t take him anywhere without someone wanting to be close to him, he has a presence about him that makes everyone want to be close to him.
I am sure someday I will deal with someone who isn’t knowledgeable about Down syndrome and then I will have to correct them with facts. But at the end of the day he’s still my baby, just like yours will be for you.
Welcome to the group of #theluckyfew and enjoy your journey with your new bundle of joy.