Day 8 of 21 Post Challenge
I am constantly getting asked “How do the kids feel about all this?” My usual answer is “They love her! She’s their sister!” Today I wanted to give them a chance to really express how they felt about Jana and the changes to our family. I didn’t tell them what to write, or really a topic. All I said was write about your thoughts or feeling about Jana, her Down’s and the adoption process. Their responses honestly brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes I worry we threw a lot on them by making this choice…but reading these…makes me know Jana was always suppose to join our family!!
When we first got Jana I was very scared and worried. I kept thinking to myself “What if we lose her or when she grows up will she be bullied or made fun of?” But as days pasted, I realized that none of that matters and that she is with us. We will love her as long as we can have her. I started loving her so much that when I left for school, I almost cried because it hurt to leave her. I love to play with her and I just want to hug her and squeeze her and never let her go!
~Joey Benito, age 14
Before Jana I thought people with Down Syndrome were weird. Now that we have Jana, I realize that she’s just like any other baby but cuter! At first I was scared when my parents said she had Down’s, but now our family wouldn’t be a family without her!
~Mason Benito, age 11
I think it’s really cool that we are adopting Jana! I have been wanting a little sister for years and I finally have one. I thought I was going to be sad because I thought I wouldn’t get as much attention, but now I see that nothing has changed. I am so happy to have Jana in our family. I was scared about Jana having Down Syndrome and everything but there is nothing to worry about. I love my new baby sister!
~Jaylen Benito, age 9