Saturday, March 21, 2015

Perfectly perfect

“Love cures people — both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” — Karl A. Menninger, American psychiatrist and a member of the family of psychiatrists who founded the Menninger Foundation and the Menninger Clinic

TODAY is World Down Syndrome Day. In recognition of it, NBC News published this story about a couple who chose to adopt a Down Syndrome newborn. It's a beautiful story.

On World Down Syndrome Day, One Mom Shares Her Journey to the Perfect Child
By Holly Graham
March 21, 2015

Holly and  Alex Graham and baby Jaxson at five months.

We have so much to celebrate and be thankful for on World Down Syndrome Day 2015.

A year and a half ago my wife Alex and I decided that it was time to start our family through adoption. We dove into the adoption process head first and never looked back.

As part of the initial adoption application we got to "choose" our child — race, gender, birth parent history, religion, abilities and on and on.

Of the many options that we could have ticked off, we had one single box checked. It was that one single box that described our perfect child to a tee.

Our perfect child has upward slanted almond eyes, and a little button nose that perfectly accentuates his flawless round face. He may have a single crease on the palm of his hand that will hold tightly onto your pinky finger.

He may be born with congenital heart defects, thyroid issues and chances are will have issues with his eyes or ears as he grows. That’s fine though, we can tackle those obstacles when we get to them. He will also have low muscle tone ('floppy baby'), which means when you hold him close to you, his little body will just melt into yours. He will take longer at hitting his developmental milestones, but he will get there will a little extra help.

Click here to read the entire article.

1 comment:

  1. What loving parents they are! Sounds like a perfect match. Families are whoever we share our home and heart with and these folks made a choice to fill their home with love and joy. Thank you for starting my day with this.