When parents learn that their baby has Down syndrome, they react in a number of ways. Some cry, some pray, some are completely "okay" with it. Regardless of the reaction and regardless of how much a parent LOVES their baby with Down syndrome, I think everyone goes through a little bit of "Why me?". And, in times of particular stress, I feel that it is pretty normal for some parents to wonder, "What did I do to deserve this?" I would be lying if I said I hadn't wondered these things myself from time to time.
Down Syndrome Fact of the Day #16:
There is no known way to prevent the Down syndrome, and nothing that a parent did or did not do during the pregnancy causes a baby to have Down syndrome.
The more time I have with Jack, the more I realize that Down syndrome isn't something that happened to me; it is something that happened for me. And, I believe it happened for a reason.
Before Jack was born, I was way more impatient and intolerant than I am now. I judged a little too quickly, and I hastened through life without recognizing the beauty in the small moments.
I needed the baby I was given, to give me a newer and brighter perspective on life that I had been unknowingly lacking all along.
|Ray of sunshine|