Brendan and Gemma

Brendan and Gemma

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Don't feel bad for us please

I think it's awkward for people when I tell them Gemma has Down syndrome. She's just a baby and I'm not sure it's obvious all the time just by looking at her.... I get a look like...ohhhhhhhh......usually followed by a well intentioned comment of, "I'm sorry, or Are you okay with that?" Well, first, no one has to be sorry, yes she will face some hurdles in her life, but don't we all. She is physically quite healthy, so we are grateful beyond words for that! Yes, we are okay with it. I will admit, I cried for days when I found out, then I started really thinking about what it all means. It is what it is, and in some ways we are very fortunate because there is so much support out there, and so many resources available. No one knows what their child's future holds, I think when your child has any sort of condition that slaps you in the face with that reality early on it makes it just a little harder to swallow. I have learned more about myself in the last 5 months than I every thought possible, and I believe Gemma has been sent here as a true miracle, a gift of love...but now she has lost patience with me not playing with her, so I have to run....

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