My little world of being a mom to a cute kid with Down syndrome took some really interesting turns this past week. I had two separate encounters with mothers both pregnant with babies that have Down syndrome.
Each mom had a very different outlook on the future – one wanted information on placing their unborn child up for adoption, while the other wanted to meet Molly and learn about our life as a special needs family in preparation for her own family’s journey.
Even though these two ladies are at a similar crossroad in life, they are still very different too. However, from my perspective as special needs mom – my answer to each of them was the same.
It’s a roller coaster of emotions. Am I scared what the future holds for my daughter? Absolutely – I’m petrified. There are tough days, but I am living in the ‘right now’.
The high points are SO extremely high that it makes everything worth it. Every milestone that Molly reaches – we’ve celebrated with such great emotion. And that’s not to say that we didn’t celebrate when older sister Maggie reached those milestones, because we certainly did. But when a medical professional tells you that your child may not feed herself or walk for years – and then they defy doctors and do it? Well there’s no greater feeling. At. All.
The conversations I had with these two moms brought back a lot of memories and emotions of how our journey began with Molly. And while I’m certainly no expert in the world of Down syndrome, I’m a mom living a life of raising a precious, and very silly, little girl….who just happens to have an extra chromosome. I love her and I’m proud of her.