My Unexpected Little Blessing

The surprise of a baby with Down syndrome – the story begins at the bottom of this page.

I’m A Big Girl Now!

on February 15, 2013

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I can’t believe this but my baby girl turned 8 months old yesterday. Where does the time go??? I am excited for each and every new thing that she accomplishes, but I wish time would slow down too! Speaking of new accomplishments….that is what this post is all about. The last 2 months have been full of them.

For starters, Regan said her 1st words on New Years Day. We were visiting some of my family for a few days, and while we were there, she busted out with “Dada” as clear as day. Not the typical “dadadadadada” that a baby babbles when they are learning the ‘d” sound. And not too long after that came the ever surprising, “Hi Dada”. Cutest thing ever! (Even though I would like to get a “mama” in there! But, I guess I will have to wait for that one. She even uses, “hi dada” at the right time. Todd will say “hi baby”, and she will go, “hi dada”. Totally surprised me the first time I heard it. I thought I was just imagining it, but she kept saying it, over, and over, and over, and over. With a big smile on her face. So proud of that little girl!

Next comes the sitting up. As you can see from the picture above, she was very happy about herself when she accomplished that! It happened very fast too. We started seeing great improvement with her sitting about a month ago. And it was slow going, but then 2 weeks ago we sat her on the bed to play with her like we usually do in the evening, and she stayed up…..for 3 minutes! The next day……5 minutes. And now…..10 minutes……sometimes longer, until her muscles get tired. But it is so awesome to see the progress that she makes. She is such a strong little girl!

One night recently while she was sitting on the bed, I said, “Regan, give me high five”. (We have never taught her this before.) She put her hand out to reach mine as if she has known how to do this all along. Todd and I were laughing, (almost the happy tears along with it), as there was no need to teach her that one. She saw my hand go up, and she was like, I can do that too Mom, just watch!

Another night as Todd was coming home from work, I was telling her, “Daddy’s home”. She gets very excited when she hears that. As he opened the door to come in, she saw him, and put her arms out to the side (like she wanted a hug) as if to say, “come get me dad”. I love these moments! The first time you see your child do something new you cannot help but smile. And wish that they would do it again so that this time you could have the camera ready!

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Last week we had a picnic in the park. (One of the great things about living in Florida….you can have picnics in February!) Regan loved being outside. It seems she likes the breeze as it hits her skin. She got to try the swings for the first time, as she can support herself sitting, and I needed her to be able to hold steady. She was very unsure about it at first, as is evident in the photo. She warmed up to it after a little while. I just love that precious little face she is making!

Sea World

Finally, we visited Sea World yesterday, on Valentine’s Day. We had the best time! It was Regan’s first time there. She has been to a couple of theme parks already, but this is the first time where she was old enough to really notice some of her surroundings. She absolutely loved the dolphins! The above photo is during the dolphin show, of which she was mesmerized. There was so much going on she didn’t know what to look at! But when we went to look at the dolphins up close, and they would pass by us, she would get the look on her face like “whoa…..what was that”. So cute! Another one of the things I love about living in Florida….all the great places our family gets to visit.

It is hard to believe all that Regan has been accomplishing. And to think my little Angel just turned 8 months old…….whoa! I am so proud of her development…..but the time is going way too fast! Sometimes I think that is a blessing of Down syndrome. You get to hold on to each milestone, and each achievement a little bit longer, before the next one hits. There is something beautiful in that. Now I just wish I could slow down time too! Before I know it we will planning her 1st birthday…….

“Having a child with Down syndrome has changed my life…
my life is brighter
my life is more wonderful
my life is filled with love”

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2 responses to “I’m A Big Girl Now!

  1. Maryann says:

    I love what you said about being able “to hold on to each milestone, and each achievement a little bit longer”. Thank you for sharing.

    I work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in their Disability Services office. I would like to hear more of your story. Please e-mail me when you have a minute at disability.lds.org.

  2. Margharet says:

    Your daughter is so sweet:) I’m a mother of a 2-month old girl with down syndrome. Could you please drop me a line at mapytko@onet.pl . I’ve got some questions. Thanks a lot 🙂

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