Thursday, July 1, 2010
All American Boy
Summer is officially here and while there are some beautiful days ahead, I’m not a fan of actually being out in the heat. Texas summers can be pretty rough. Thank God for air conditioning and the automatic start on my car to cool it off before I enter it.
Austin was pretty sick with stomach issues, but he seems to be doing better. He’s on baby Prevacid for acid reflux and it seems to be working wonderfully. Speaking of the little man, he turned 4 months old last week. Wow! 4 months. He’s always had quite the personality, but it’s cool to see new developments personality wise as he gets older. I never thought I could love something so much. He is truly my greatest blessing from God.
I’m reminded when I see babies close in age to Austin that he’s different. I hope this is a normal reaction. It’s not that I’m comparing my child to others, but rather I’m just reminded when I see “typical” children that he’s different. 4 months ago I didn’t expect to embrace his Down syndrome. I was still questioning God and telling him, “I’m too young for this. I don’t know if I can raise a child with special needs.” God answered me in a unique way. He gave me the strength and confidence to JUST DO IT. Babies with Down syndrome aren’t any different than other babies. Yes, they’re at risk for more health problems, but they need the same things other babies need.
I’m going to begin getting a team together for the Buddy Walk in November. Obviously, Austin won’t be walking this year. However, Mommy, Daddy and whomever else will be walking. Austin will get to “stroll.” I have several ideas on raising money and acquiring donations. I’m excited to put my ideas to work.
I hope all of you have a wonderful 4th of July. Austin is going to see fireworks and I cannot wait to see his reaction. Hopefully he’ll be intrigued, but when it comes to babies you never know. ;-)
Be safe this 4th of July weekend!