Warning: I realize this post will come as a shock to many of you.
For the most part I try to stay positive on Lily's blog about things related to Down syndrome.
But the FACT is, there ARE some things every parent should know when receiving a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
I just wish my doctors would have warned me about these things ahead of time....
FACT: Babies with Down syndrome are so stinking cute you just might pass out from cuteness overload.
FACT: Babies with Down syndrome are so irresistible that you might never be able to take your eyes off them.
FACT: The third copy of the 21st chromosome results in uncommon musical capabilities.
FACT: Down syndrome produces an overabundance of the "adorable" gene.
FACT: Children with Down syndrome routinely charm their parents' socks off simply by performing ordinary tasks, such as feeding themselves.
FACT: Children with Down syndrome have a higher incidence of sweetness, affection, and charisma.
FACT: Babies with Down syndrome suffer from extreme loveable-ness.
FACT: It is highly likely that your heart will melt hourly when caring for a baby with Down syndrome.
FACT: Children with Down syndrome tend to crawl up inside your heart and refuse to come out.
FACT: Once you have a child with Down syndrome you will find yourself addicted to almond eyed smiles, crooked pinkies, and sandal gap toes. There is no known cure.
And the final FACT: Down syndrome produces irreversible enlargement of the heart- once you experience life with an extra chromosome, you will have more compassion, love, and appreciation for life than you know what to do with.
But here's one solution: you can share some of that overabundance right HERE by donating five dollars to little Artem...
Artem is an orphan with Down syndrome in Eastern Europe. He is five years old, and in desperate need of a family to adopt him. Our goal for the month of October is to raise Artem's grant to $10,000, so money won't be the thing keeping a family from committing to him. If every person who reads these words donates five dollars- JUST FIVE DOLLARS- that grant will be well over $10,000. Will you help us save Artem? You can do so right here, on the paypal button on the sidebar, which links directly to Artem's grant on Reece's Rainbow.
Thank you in advance- and please spread the word about Artem!!