I’m so in love with Sarah Conant’s song Who I Am. And in honor of World Down Syndrome Day, I wanted to share a little bit about who Eli is.
Eli, you will be one year old next month! It’s so hard to even believe that 3 years ago we were struggling with infertility and had lost all hope of ever having a family. It truly feels like just yesterday we were driving to the hospital because you decided to make an early arrival.
Your coming into this world was a celebration and your life continues with that theme- we celebrate the opportunity to be your parents every day.
You inspire us and our friends. You have a laugh that is absolutely contagious. When you smile, your big blue eyes turn into half cesent moons that just melt my heart. I just love that toothless grin. You are smart and stubborn- you know how to work your mama and you know what you want (which is not OT!). You have a determination I have never seen- always trying again even when it’s difficult.
You hate naps…like with a passion. And you love to snuggle. Your favorite toys aren’t toys at all: tissue paper, bells, beads and spatulas. What a turkey!
You take in the world around you with such amazement- especially now that you got your tubes placed. You can hear so many new things and you are a regular ole chatter box.
My favorite part of the day is laying in bed in the morning and listening to you talk to yourself over the baby monitor…or maybe it’s when I come home from work and you give my neck a squeeze…or when you laugh during our games and I shower you with kisses…you get the point. Gosh I so love everything about you! You are you, and I’m blown away by how amazing you are daily.
3 years ago I could have never imagined the simple joy you would bring to our lives. Eli, you are the Extra Light Inside that we prayed for. You are a much loved child of God, made perfectly in His image. We love who you are and can’t wait to discover who you will be! Happy 11 months my little man! Happy World Down Syndrome Day!
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