Ok…so first I have to apologize. When I wrote the blog earlier today I was angry and upset. It hurt me to see people treating my beautiful girl differently. After having a long discussion with the big kids and my hubby…I understand the situation more. I don’t think the library was just full of mean moms today. I do think Jana made them slightly uncomfortable, but not in the way I took it. If I look back to before we got Jana, I’m sure there were numerous times I made a mama of a special needs child feel the same as I did today. Most people are unsure on how to even start up a conversation with a SN mama. Do they bring up the disability? Do they try to ignore it? Ask questions? Don’t ask questions? There is always a fear of offending someone. That’s whats pretty amazing about kids…they will come right out and ask, and then fully accept the answer. Why do we loose that child like innocence? I’d love for a mama to ask me questions about DS! I’d be happy to share all I know and explain what a blessing Peanut has been to us.
Today wasn’t a learning experience for Peanut…it was for me! I have to gain a tougher skin. I need to be prepared for Jana to sometimes be the outcast. I have to be there to smile and brighten her world, when things seem to tear her down. I need to remember that no everyone is comfortable with difference.
To end your night, I wanted to share this video that was shared on IG. Its kinda funny…but so true!!
So. This past weekend I celebrated my 33rd birthday! It was a weekend spent with friends and family and nothing dramatic happened. It was wonderful 🙂 I got to thinking, 10 years ago when I celebrated my 23rd birthday, Jaylen was 2 months old. I was a mother of 3 and from our plan, done having kids. See Jaylen had a lot of complications at birth and both her and I almost lost our lives. Due to this, Juan and I agreed that it was best for us to stop having kiddos and just enjoy the craziness we had already. We had no idea how many amazing unexpected turns our lives would be taking. God is good!!
Recently Jana started making such cute faces. She’s becoming more and more expressive…and so much more adorable!! One of our favorites is her fishy face! I always make fish faces to her to try to get a smile. Last week, she started doing it back! I’m telling you, its the cutest thing ever!! I’ve honestly never seen a baby her age do this before!! Of course she never does anything when I ask her to do it! But we were able to catch it on video. It finally happens at the end of the video 🙂
She is also getting stronger and stronger. She is now army crawling more and more. Her therapist said now we will start working on crawling on all fours. When that happens I will definitely have my hands full!! Just today she discovered she can almost escape her swing. (Yes, she is 1 and still uses a swing! She’s tiny!!) She thought it was so funny that she was almost able to sit up completely in it. Guess its time to pack up the swing. It had a good run 🙂