I have received two emails this past week from readers of my blog, one from a mother that is 21 weeks pregnant with a little girl that has Down syndrome, and one from the mother of an ADORABLE 5 month old girl with Ds (HI LADIES!!!) Both wrote to say that reading about Ella has really helped them.
When I get these kinds of emails I am always reminded of how I felt those first few weeks/months. I felt so alone, so sad, so angry, so hopeless, so scared, scared of the unknown what Ella's life would be like, what my life as her mother would be like. Never did I imagine that my life would be so full, so happy, and so "normal."
I think of all of the things that have happened, all of the people I have met, the places I have been, and the place I now live and how none of this would have happened had Ella not had Down syndrome.
So, today (and most everyday : ) I am thankful for Down syndrome. I realize that this may seem strange to some, some may think I am lying, but it's true. Down syndrome helped form who Ella is, don't get me wrong Ella is NOT Down syndrome, but it is a part of her and without it she would be a different person. I used to try to imagine Ella without Down syndrome, the little girl of my dreams, but I was never able to picture what she would look like, how she would act, how she would sound, how she would move. Why? Because that's not Ella, it is simply some other little girl, some other girl that does not belong to me. This is how it's supposed to be, I am supposed to be the mother of Ella. And I am so very thankful for that.
Today the kiddos and I went to a little birthday celebration at McDonalds for a couple of kids from Ella's school that also have that extra magical chromosome : ) Here are the pics..