Yo soy La Lay

adventures in family, faith, and Down syndrome

DSAM17 – Day 11 – Attention

on October 11, 2017

I just returned from the second night in a row at the doctor with Lauren.

(I will say this – every time I refer to going to the doctor (like above), every time I call and make an appointment, or give the scheduled child’s name or birthday, I give Tessa’s information first.  I have grown so accustomed to her being the patient that her info just pops out of my mouth.  When I wrote that first sentence, I typed Tessa and had to go back and correct myself.)

All this considered, it is not uncommon for my other two hooligans to need my attention… and when they need it, they get it.

This was a huge concern of mine upon Tessa’s birth.  Would Down syndrome envelop every facet of our life?  Would 24 hours pass where her needs weren’t first and foremost on our minds?  Would Ellie resent us for this?

It’s not our reality.  Truly, truly, after some time has passed in life, I can say that I am able to devote time to all of my little ladies. Ellie is very vocal about when she feels like she needs more attention.  Lauren is pretty basic so far.  But both get time with Mom, as does Tessa.  I sometimes get a little sad that most of Tessa’s Mom Time is centered around doctor appointments or some kind of life-learning experience, but I am working on that.  Ellie gets sweet fondue and shopping dates, so it’s probably with Tessa that I most need to step up my game.  This is not what I had envisioned… but once again… it is good.

Mom and Ellie Cookie Baking Bonanza


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