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adventures in family, faith, and Down syndrome

The Six Month Settle

on June 26, 2014

Whew.

That’s how I’ve been feeling for a couple of days now. I can’t tell you if I have been neglecting my blog because I’ve been too busy to write or if life is so mundane these days that I don’t have much to say. Summer is filled with peanut butter and jelly, Frozen, frolicking in the backyard, rinse and repeat. It’s been lovely, really.

It is hard to believe that Tessa is six months now. It feels like she has been with our family for as long as I can remember. While I know it existed, life before her… I can’t remember. I can’t remember a day when we haven’t enjoyed her sweet smile or tried to find a new way to tame her wild mop of hair. It’s like she has always been here.

Down syndrome, too, has settled into our life and become routine. I hear the comfort with Ds ebbs and flows… We have a six-month evaluation coming up shortly and while there is some anxiety about where Tessa is compared to her typical peers, I look forward to the reminder of how far she has come.

(On a side note, John tells me that we know she’s delayed and I should just forget about the whole thing. And I am. Slowly.)

These days, Tessa can roll, roll, roll! She’s finally taking interest in other things besides faces and will roll herself toward things that catch her eye. She isn’t quite sure what to do when she gets there, but it’s a start. She finally has some really good head control, which has made sitting exercises more enjoyable. She has lots more noises now that tubes are in, my favorite of which is a pursed-lipped “bbbbbbbbb.” She has been a real great traveler on our road trips this summer, as long as we have done a good job of feeding her when she was ready. We we haven’t…. Let’s just say that Tessa is very good about expressing her anger feelings.

If you are a newly-diagnosed Down syndrome family, can I say something to you? Life. Will. Settle. The mad rush of figuring things out and understanding a new way of life will be calm again. And someday, you might breathe in the comfort and try to remember Life Before. I’ll tell you, though, that from my side of settled, Before is not a place where I would return. This life is too sweet.

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4 responses to “The Six Month Settle

  1. She’s so adorable!!!

  2. jenna says:

    She is SO darn cute!

  3. You sound so happy :oD

  4. What a poppet she is.

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