Having you has opened our lives up to so many wonderful people. People we never would have had the chance to meet had you been born without that magical extra chromosome.
People like Ashley, who is your big sissy Mackenzie's age. Ashley has a blog for her baby sister Laura, and we met through blogging. You and Laura are going to meet each other some day soon!! Ashley put together a video with your picture in it, and many other pictures of babies we know. She sent it to Mommy today, and I couldn't stop crying watching it. I am so proud of Ashley, and so honored to know her.
We have so many "friends" in this video, Lily. I think that's what made me cry so hard. Each one of them is so beautiful...Abbie and Grady and Nella and Ella and Sutter and Addison and Verity and Grace and Ragen and Claire and Josie...and of course Laura. Every one of these children has touched our hearts with their stories and lives. Their families have been a lifeline to me...I am SO proud to be one of "those families".
If I could go back in time and talk to myself...give "Patti" a little speech on how her life was about to change with your birth...I would show her this video. I'd say, "Look at these faces...don't you wish you had a baby like one of these? Don't you want to be a part of this special club? "
Once upon a time I thought I couldn't handle having a baby with Down syndrome. Once upon a time I thought special needs were scary.
Eight months ago you proved otherwise.
You know what, Lily? Who really cares about how quickly you can reach every milestone? Who really cares if you can read novels some day? Who really cares if you can drive a car or live independently some day? I mean- I'm going to shoot for the moon, baby. I'm going to help you reach every goal you can, chase every dream and do anything you want to. But at the end of the day, I just want you to know you're loved. I just want to spend my life loving you and being loved by you. You're my baby sent from Heaven, little girl.
Thank you for eight of the BEST months of my life, dearest Lily.
Love always and forever,