When Noah was born I had this fear that weekends like this would never happen. That he wouldn’t be able to play and have fun like a typical child. Before Noah was born I knew
very little nothing about Down syndrome and the little I did know I learned from watching television shows.
Worrying Is Such A Waste Of Time
Noah’s Down syndrome diagnosis was a total surprise to us. We never saw it coming. It wasn’t expected.
Having a son with Down syndrome wasn’t even on our radar.
When we found out Noah had Down syndrome it felt like someone had punched me directly in the heart. I didn’t really know what to do. What to say. What to think.
I was scared. Anxious. Worried. Fearful.
Would Noah like to play with other kids? How would he interact with me? With others? Would he just sort of sit around and droll on himself? (Again, I knew nothing about Down syndrome.) I remember wondering if we would ever the kind typical weekends that typical families have.
If only I knew then what I know now…. It turns out life is much more typical than I could have ever imagined. All of those fears and tears quickly turned to laughter and joy. (Not to mention a few weeks after Noah was born I had something else to worry about which took my mind off of his Down syndrome diagnosis.)
I wish I could have all of that time back that I spent worry about the “what if’s.” I guess that’s why they say hindsight is 20/20.
Noah’s having some fun with his buddy Seth!
It turns out Noah is even more epic-ly awesome than the imaginary kid I made up in my head before Noah was born. Like I said last night, this little boy brings more joy and happiness to our family than I ever dreamed he would. In fact, I don’t even notice that he has Down syndrome…unless I’m looking at my calendar.
It turns out all of those parenting fears I had when Noah was born never came true.
If only I were a little taller….
Sure, I worry about his future sometimes. Sure, I worry about how people will treat him as he gets older. But that’s not necessary because he has Down syndrome. It’s just because he’s my child, and I’m his dad. And it’s a pretty normal feeling for parents to worry about their child’s future.
But fear doesn’t win in this house. In this house joy trumps fear!
Seth’s adorable sister! (And smiling mommy!)
Time goes by quick. So we try our best to soak up all the joy we can from each day (and each weekend.) And as one of the wisest people in the world once said:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
So this weekend we spent some time with our good friends Joel and Emily and enjoyed life. We did typical stuff. The kind of stuff I wondered if we’d ever be able to do. We went to the Zoo. We ate out. We swung. We slid. We went to the American Girl Store. <—— This is by the way wasNOT something I ever worried about doing.
We enjoyed life.
Yes, he’s a little flirt!
“Hey Seth, whatcha watching?”
Noah loves the zoo!
A little trip to the American Girl Store
Our friends wanted to take their daughter to the American Girl store here in Dallas while they were in town. I had never been inside one of the stores, and words can’t describe how
business savvy the owners are unique this place is. Trust me when I say this is the first time in my life I’ve ever seen people line up with their child to have their dolls’ hear done at the doll hair salon. The look on the dads’ faces while they waited in line was priceless…..actually come to think of it, it looked a lot like 45 dollars. Ha,ha.
Yes, these are doll hair stylists.
The truth be told if I had a little girl I’d be going to the American Girl store as well. I’m all about parents creating unique and fun moments with their children. This was a once in a life time event for my friend’s daughter and a very special daddy-dauther day. They didn’t just buy their daughter a doll…they created some fun memories. And that’s a win. (Oh and by the way, creating memories doesn’t getting ripped off…..they opted out of getting their daughters new dolls’ hair done!)
One happy little girl!
What a great weekend! I’m so thankful to share life with so many wonderful friends who love life as much as I do.
By the way, for those of you who have had a hard time making new friends, here’s a few ways tomeet some new friends. I hope you find them useful.
What are some of the things you worried about when becoming a parent that never came true? What do you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself not to worry about? I want to hear from you, so please leave a comment below and tell me about it.