My Daughter Has Down Syndrome… And Other Things I Love About Her #DSAM2014

by Carrie with Children with 5 comments

Our sweet Molly was born four years ago with Down syndrome. It wasn’t something my husband and I were expecting it, but our ‘path’ in life suddenly took another direction and what we thought would be a difficult journey has turned into something fantastic, loving and incredibly fun too.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2014
Molly has taught us to see the world in a new way – whether it is the people around us, the way we approach situations or just live our everyday life. She has inspired us. Besides Molly’s diagnosis with Down syndrome, here are some other reasons why she’s such a fantastic kid –

She’s Got Personality

Her speech may be delayed, but at four years old – Miss Molly has an incredible personality. She loves playing dress-up and cooking in her play kitchen. And if you’re sitting on the couch, I can guarantee you that she’s going to steal your seat (on purpose) the moment you stand up.

Maggie and Molly McLaren - DSAM2014

Love Is A Beautiful Thing

Nothing melts my heart more than seeing Molly wake up each morning and run to give her sister a hug. At just 20 months apart, they have an incredible bond – a friendship that grows more each day. We don’t rely on older sister Maggie to teach Molly right from wrong, but she loves helping her sister and is a wonderful role model for her.

 No Fear

Molly has no fear when it comes to trying new things (except vegetables). I approach every new situation with a little fear that it may be too overwhelming for her and she always proves me wrong. Whether it’s a parade at Walt Disney World,  meeting new friends or just going for a walk  – she loves exploring and seeing new things. And as her mom, I’ve gained a new perspective at seeing things through her eyes.

Molly at Pumpkin Patch
At just four years, we are only at the starting point of our family’s road into the world of Down syndrome. But, with this little girl leading the way – I have no worries. It’s going to be a fantastic ride and I’m excited to see what the future holds for our family!

Do you have a personal connection with Down syndrome?

I’d love for you to share it…


  • Star Traci

    I don’t have a personal story but I was touched by your beautiful tribute to your daughter. I think you truly are on quite a fabulous journey.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. Molly is pretty fun kid! 🙂

  • Cassie

    I love reading about Molly! She looks so grown up in the first picture. So she is a typical kiddo with not wanting to try new Sounds like my girls.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you so much, Cassie! Eating veggies is a never ending battle around here!