I no longer think about Down Syndrome on a daily basis. This is a good thing... progress.
Everywhere we go, Izzy waves and makes friends so easily. Sister never meets a stranger! I love this about her. I love that she is social.
Sometimes though, I just want to blend into the crowd. There are times, I don't want Izzy to draw so much attention. I just want to be...
Be in a store and not have someone stop and look a little longer than usual. Be at a play ground and just play and not worry about what others are thinking. Just be...
For some reason, I had an emotional night when we visited the Commons recently. I took the kids to play and run off some energy. Izzy loves to scoot her way all over the playground. She no longer wants to just sit and watch everyone- no more relaxing for Mommy. She has to be right in the center of everything. That night, I was right by her side but every time I looked up... someone was looking- watching her. Most had smiles but some just stared. I tried to ignore it and not let it bother me, maybe even smile, but for some reason this night... I just couldn't.
No one said anything mean that night but sometimes words don't have to be said... it can be in the "look".
I know this is something that comes with having a child with special needs and I still have a lot to learn. We are just at the beginning of this journey. There will be some high highs and a few lows. Izzy is so worth every emotion I feel. These experiences will continue to make me grow and help continue to open my mind to accepting others- alike and different.