Wait! She can do that too?!? Daily Discoveries with a grandchild with Down’s Syndrome

When we were told that they were testing Gloria for Down’s Syndrome, we faced the possibilities as a family but we were all aware of all of the obstacles that she would face should the test come back positive. We knew all of the things that they said that she “couldn’t” or “wouldn’t” do and we knew the extensive timeline they gave her for the things that she would “eventually” do. We were okay with all of this so long as she was healthy and able to get the most out of life as possible.

Well, the test, as you all know, came back positive and we immediately began screening therapists and preparing ourselves for other health issues that are associated with Down’s Syndrome. However, to date, we have had no major issues! None! One heart doctor watched a hole for a few months. Let me rephrase….one heart doctor watched a hole in her heart close over the course of a few months! She has flown through every physical and medical obstacle that they said we would have already encountered!

This Girl is Unstoppable!

Now, of course, there are some delays but we no longer accept the “couldn’t” or “wouldn’t” because obviously, they don’t know her. Yet, despite the entire family refusing to see anything but a small delay, we are all still overcome with amazement when she conquers even the smallest task.

For instance, mom, Chelsea, and I took the kids to the park the other day. (Yes, Chelsea is my son’s ex but she is also a part of the family so we still do family things together). The kids are all playing and we look up to see this:

playground

She didn’t need help. She didn’t need a hand up. She just climbed right on and played. Just like any other child! Do you see how proud she is? Magnify that by a million and you can imagine the faces behind the camera!

I spoke earlier about celebrating every first. With Gloria, this is easy. Every step she takes, she was told that she couldn’t but yet, here she is, doing her thing!

Interpret the word “can’t” as “haven’t yet!”

“Gigi”