I wouldn't trade Evie for the world. But the other day, I felt a sudden sadness that this world expects certain things and she is not on its timeline. We celebrate the same victories with her...just a lot later. And I see the gap of time growing bigger from her peers. I recognize that we are now entering the time I dreaded a bit--the time where she's not a teeny tiny baby whose job is only to look cute. Now she's expected to walk and talk (insert where someone tells me their child didn't walk until age 2, which I do appreciate). At 20 months (Happy 20 months, Evie!), Evie is able to stand with assistance or lean on something for longer and longer periods of time. But I don't know if she will walk this year or next year or even by age 3. Here's a nifty chart that shows the typical range for certain skills for a typical child vs a child with DS. (from "Down Syndrome Awareness Month." http://blog.epichealthservices.com/down-syndrome-awarene
While sharing our journey with Down Syndrome, we want to help other parents with our experiences, as well as spread awareness about what it means to have Down Syndrome (spoiler: it means great things!).