We'll leave shortly for Ellie to get her six month vaccines. (They're late because she couldn't get them right after heart surgery.) I'm sure she will be anything but happy. However, as I write, she is sitting in her travel high chair, throwing little toys out of a cake pan and is utterly content, until she empties the pan. (That's where Mom comes in. I have to jump up and return the toys to the pan so the game can continue.)
Today's theme is "I'm happy I have a child with Down syndrome because..." I'm going somewhat off topic. When we first found out Ellie has Down syndrome, I didn't feel like happiness was in our future. Today, I haven't thought about Down syndrome much at all. I suppose it came up when I checked a Down syndrome message board, and it's the reason Ellie's physical therapist was here today. But since Down syndrome is not on the forefront of my mind today, it won't be on the forefront of this blog, either.
But happiness is on my mind, and that's what you get today. Happiness and parenting a child with Down syndrome can co-exist.
Especially when I receive emails from Ellie's therapist like this one:
"Can Ellie have pigtails for therapy tomorrow?" (Ellie was happy to oblige.)
|(Happiness is watching Ellie attempt to figure out eating puffs.)|
|(Happiness is watching Ellie attempt the puffs, even when it's a total FAIL.)|
|(Happiness is a new Elmo book from Grandma Sally.)|
|(Elmo and Cookie Monster bring happiness to babies everywhere.)|
Of course, Ellie isn't always happy with the things that bring us joy and laughter. Case in point, bedhead.
|(Mom, please get that camera out of my face.)|
I've been enjoying the arrival of fall more than ever this year, I think largely due to the relief that surgery is over. Ellie is anxious to meet her "New York family" and has been busy preparing for Fall Foto Fest.
|(Mommy's fall favorite.)|
|(This little guy came from Grandma.)|
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