Our little Amelia was born on December 14, 2014. She has 10 fingers, 10 toes, a head full of dark hair like mom, super alert eyes, a ridiculously cute smile, and an extra chromosome. She just turned 12 weeks on Sunday and we’ve had quite the adventurous week. She joined some of her cousins at music class and was awake and in awe the whole time – listening, watching, and moving with the music. She is finally experiencing sunshine and has gotten out for a walk every day this week….let’s be honest she has slept most of those walks…but hey, she’s still getting out of the house! She and I even tried BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby) yoga class. She LOVED getting a little massage from Mama! She’s eating like a champ, cooing like crazy, and sucking on her Sophie the Giraffe.
This week Amelia has also had physical therapy. This girl loves her tummy time and is working her little tush off to hold that head up! She had her first visit from the Early Intervention program offered by our school district and won her new “teacher” over with her cuteness. She’ll go for her four month well baby check soon and show off her lungs when she gets her shots.
Yes, Amelia has Down syndrome. Yes, sometimes I let the worries and fears for the future overwhelm me, but then I stop, I hold my precious baby girl and I remind myself that “We got this.” Amelia’s adventures are just beginning.
Meriah is the deaf, single mom of 3 kids (one gifted 2E, one with Down syndrome). A longtime career counselor, teacher and disability advocate, she loves helping to create community and empower parents, people with disabilities (and of course, parents with disabilities).