He Is So Worth It.

cute down syndrome baby

We fall more and more in love with this boy every day.

I wonder if anyone could look this little boy in the eyes and tell him that kids born with Down syndrome aren’t worth it?

(photo: Melaine Rose Photography)

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. AMEN!!! Beautiful life!!!

  2. Noah, my precious 15 month old Kaylen, and every other child with Down Syndrome (actually ANY child!) are so worth it! Definitely blessings from God. My Kaylen is definitely a blessing and with her extra chromosome came extra giggles, extra smiles, extra kisses, and a whole lot of extra JOY!

  3. Jennie Brown says

    Love love love that blue-eyed boy! I belong to a wonderful parent group, Down Syndrome Network Oregon, http://www.dsnor.org, and we are all so in love with all of the kids, not just our own. Suzanne has a wonderful community of friends that she will be able to share her life with and who will always understand and accept her. As a mom, I really enjoye watching our kids grow up and become so extraordinary. There is nothing these kids can’t do!

  4. Kimberly Wedel says

    That is the point you are wonderfully making. If the 9 out 10 mothers prepared to abort would just look Noah in those big beautiful blue eyes they would change their minds. These scared parents are confronted by careless, uncaring or both doctors giving them incorrect outdated information. If they would take a few days to get an objective view they may change their minds. I am not going to sugar-coat it. My journey the past five years with my daughter hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows. I see her struggle to do things that just come naturally to typically developing children. But ALL children have joys and challenges. The joys far outweight the woes. I read a book recently entitled “Making a Case for Life” by Stephanie Wincik. I would recommend it for all prospective parents. My daughter is here for a reason. With your message spreading like wildfire I pray that these heartbreaking statistics will change. The world needs our children. God has sent them to teach us all. If we keep throwing away his gifts I fear for the future of mankind.

  5. Lori Linstedt says

    This little boy is absolutely precious! Those eyes are just breath taking! Thank you for sharing his life with us! I feel blessed to be able to watch such a fine little fellow grow!

  6. Sadly, there are meanies in the world who could and would… They couldn’t and wouldn’t be more wrong about anything in their entire lives, though. We’re ALL worth it (even those nasty meanies who just don’t get life). I wish more people could see what I see when I see others. Maybe I’m a little blind to different abilities because my best friend in the whole wide world is a guy with Cerebral Palsy. Maybe I was just born to see everyone as normal. Whatever the reason, I couldn’t be more happy to be who I am and I wouldn’t want to change a thing about anyone else…except those meanies, but, only because they’re REALLY missing out on getting to know the most beautiful things about life. I just adore Noah! I hope you’ll keep this blog going for a long long time. I’d love to see what Noah chooses to do when he grows up. Maybe he’ll be like Tim Harris, who, was born with DS and now owns his own restaurant in Albuquerque (Check him out at http://timsplaceabq.com/), an actor like Chris Burke, or maybe even president of the National Down Syndrome Congress! πŸ™‚

    “If you dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

    • @Kim,

      So true..every human being on this planet is “worth it.”

      That’s our message. :0

      By the way, not sure if you say our picture the other day, but Noah got to hang out with Chris Burke the other day in NYC. It was awesome! I can’t wait to write about it.

      • I did! I was so excited to see he’s gotten to meet Chris – He’s such a wonderful man! Can’t wait to read about your family’s Northeastern excursion and all the lovely people you’ve met! You’ve inspired me to get involved more with my community. I’ve learned it shouldn’t take having a child with Down syndrome to raise awareness. I noticed in my area, playgroups are still very very segregated – from color right down to financial status. I’m hoping to start a playgroup in my general area where children from all walks of life can get together and play without judgement.

  7. Rick, I usually think Noah looks like you in his pictures but I can totally see your wife in him in this one! He is a precious blessing! God Bless.

    • @Meg,

      Thanks. We agree…he is precious indeed.

      Some days I think Noah looks like me…other days I think he looks like my wife. I guess that’s good thing…huh? πŸ™‚

  8. I cry everytime I see his face ( plus I’m pregnant and the hormones are crazy) but it’s b/c he’s so cute! I have a nephew with ds and he is a joy in my life! Love what you’re doing and love reading about your little one. Much love to your family1

    • @Nicole

      Thanks so much, how far along are you? Please keep us posted about your baby…and thanks for all the kind words about our family and our site.

      You rock! We enjoy sharing his journey with everyone.

      • He is beautiful. I lost my baby boy Cayden this time last year, he had downs syndrome and died due to congenital heart defect at 22weeks gestation. There is something about Noah that reminds me so much of the son that I lost and when I try to imagine Cayden’s eyes – Noahs eyes pops into my mind. I am working on Cayden’s tribute video and was wondering if you would mind if I used a photo of Noah’s eyes in it. Please let me know, Thanks, Rachel πŸ™‚

      • Well I’m 4 and 1/2 months along and can’t wait to have a little cousin for my nephew. My nephew is 4 and he is walking and talking and like I said before, a JOY in my life. I see the JOY in little Noah too and I think that’s why he’s connecting all these people!!!

  9. Noah is a gorgeous child. I love, love , love his blue eyes. I really see the resemblance between he and his mom in this picture, his smile.

  10. Noah is absolutley beautiful and his is absolutley a life worth living. God bless him always.

  11. Scott and Vanessa says

    Soooooo worth it!!!!!

  12. gobbs and lyda says

    Awwwwwwwwwww this lil boy is soo adorable we both fell in love with this lil boy as soon as we saw his cute face best of wishes!!! He’s cute i wish u all the best god bless him <3 lots of luv =)

  13. I just couldn’t have or keep a child with DS. I know one child with it and I really feel for his family.

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