Mom: Joseph, from your position as the eldest child who can remember our other babies, how would you describe Verity? What difference does it make that she has Down syndrome?
Joseph: It seems like she’s being a baby longer. That’s strange, because as I get older, it seems to me that the other children are growing up very fast.
She never gets upset about anything, unless it’s an immediate problem like something scaring her. But she regains her happiness again quickly.
I think she’s the cutest baby we’ve ever had. Verity’s extra cute.
“Reach, Verity, reach! Reach for the toy!”
Mom: Daniel, how would you describe Verity?
Daniel: She takes things in stride. She doesn’t mind having a cold. She’s very easygoing and pleasant. Generally very cooperative. The happiest baby I remember us having. She responds well to people…interacts well. Are you going to write about her being Dorothy Vader?
[Okay, she has spent over a week very much needing to cough, and rarely coughing. She sounds like Darth Vader. We are calling her Dorothy Vader because she is a girl.]
“Good reaching up from your shoulders, Verity! Good sitting! YAY strong girl!”
Mom: Joshua, what is it like having a baby sister with Down syndrome?
Joshua: If no one told me that she had Down syndrome, I probably wouldn’t notice.
Mom: How would you describe her?
Joshua: Probably as a happy baby. Because she is.
[This is a man of few words, unless he is talking about plants. He has also grown another half inch, and is six feet, two inches tall now. Come to think of it, where’s all that Miracle Gro we used to have on the cellarway shelves…]
“YES! You did it! You got the ball! YAY, Verity!”
Mom: Laura, what’s your very favorite thing to do with Verity?
Laura: Therapy. She’s always excited when I tell her I’m going to do therapy with her.
Mom: What new things have you noticed that she’s learned?
Laura: She knows what nose is. When I say, “Nose,” she looks at my nose. Then I tell her to reach, and she laughs and touches my nose. She thinks it’s very funny!
She is very good at reaching up for things. It doesn’t seem hard for her any more.
She used to have to be propped up or she would fall over, and sometimes she fell over anyway, even when she was propped up. Now she can sit up next to me, and she just stays there because she knows how to balance herself.
I’m thankful that Verity likes to learn and isn’t stubborn about it!
“Ver-i-ty, put your tongue in your mouth!”
Mom: Jane, what do you enjoy most about having a baby sister?
Jane: I like to play with her in the morning and clean her eye and change her diaper when she’s wet and play with her and change her clothes and play peek-a-boo with her.
[We’ve noticed that her doll has lost its charm since she has a real baby to play with.]
“Roll, Verity, roll! You can do it!
Mom: John Michael, what do you like to do with Verity?
John Michael: I like to show her toys and other fun things.
[Yes, he can actually read to her…]
[…and is invariably gentle and affectionate with her.]
So. Eight months old. Cute. Smart. Strong. Happy. Fun.
Understands at least three dozen words or phrases that we could think of off-hand.
Can move easily between nursing with supplemental nursing system and shield, nursing without extra helps, and bottle. Yes, we’re topping off her feedings with the bottle, because she was not gaining enough on nursing alone. She can handle them all.
We are proud of our hard-working Verity!
And now for the mama’s-eye view…