💛💙Down Syndome Awareness💙💛 My MIL just spent a few days at our house and recalled having a conversation with us when I was pregnant about how we’d opted for a simple 12 week scan. If our baby wasn’t perfect according to a set of measurements we didn’t want to know about it just yet. Maybe Pascale was listening that day and decided she’d choose us ☺️ A person with Down Syndrome has just as much chance to live a happy, purpose filled life as anyone else. A baby born with Downs in this century has access to all kinds of therapy and acceptance to help them reach their full potential.
A 2011 study found that 99 percent of individuals with Down syndrome were happy with their lives, and that 97 percent of their parents and 94 percent of their siblings reported feelings of pride.
Pascale already knows all about love, fun, belonging and joy. She will talk, think, walk, dance, run, sing, paint, and do all the things other kids do.
Do I need her to be the dux of her school to be proud of her? Or to be the most beautiful of her peers? No. I am proud every day because she makes people better humans just by being here, in the way that her differences challenge their beliefs about what makes “a good life”. Her life will be extraordinary, not because of her achievements but because she is loved, valued and wanted and she gives all that and more back to us. It is in the little moments that seem insignificant to the world, but mean the world to us. Every cuddle, every kiss, every time we see her master a new skill that shows her independence is growing.
A life doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.