World Down Syndrome Day: Winchester Edition
Pictures of Winchester!
It’s March 21st — World Down Syndrome Day (3/21 — get it?). Since not everyone has someone with Down syndrome in their family, I thought I’d share a bunch of pictures of Winchester.
Winchester was a birth diagnosis. We had a horrible experience with the genetic test with our previous child when it said she had trisomy-13 — a really rare condition where she most likely wouldn’t live past a year. It was a false positive (she’s fine and six years old now), and it just made the pregnancy a terrible experience. So, with Winchester, SarahK had no genetic blood test and we just left it up to God.
And He had a surprise for us!
I’m not sure if a baby with Down syndrome is that different. There are more health issues to worry about, and while all our kids were tiny, he was extra tiny.
As for early development, it’s like he’s on hard mode where he gets less auto-assist, so learning to crawl and walk took more time.
And I know “special” is often used as this euphemism, but there really is something special about him, and he makes my wife and I feel special to be his parents.
He has so much joy to share.
And he just loves spending time with his family.
And his three older siblings just adore him.
And he loves going out and trying new things.
So, anyway, I just wanted to share some of the joy of Winchester on this day. If I could get you all a Winchester hug, I would.