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A Child is a Gift
Kai and his brother Evan selling KAI BAGS
Kai and his brother Evan selling KAI BAGS
A Child is a Gift

After my C-Section, my husband and I waited for the doctors to bring in our baby. When the door opened and we saw the doctor without our boy all swaddled, my heart dropped. Our doctor spoke slowly as he began to tell us that our baby was sick. His heart had a hole in it, and he had Down syndrome. My heart started beating fiercely; my body was full of so many emotions that I broke down and cried uncontrollably. When I thought about my innocent baby and how our dreams for him being a happy, healthy child had been shattered, I was devastated. The sense of fear overwhelmed me, and I was afraid for my child. Kai’s health was my first and only concern at that moment, and it was necessary for me to regain composure so I could be strong for my baby. In the morning, I went to Kai and after I finally reached into the crib, picked him up and held him, I looked into his eyes and kissed his cheeks. I fell in love. Then it all came clear, our dream had come true. God had sent us a special angel! We had a baby, and this was a time to rejoice with family and friends. In my heart, I knew that I would be the best mother for Kai. It was almost as if I believed I was destined to care for this fragile baby. I felt so inspired by Kai the first few days he was home that I was determined to be the best parent ever. I did not want to disappoint him. I remember the winter evening Kai smiled with delight. My husband and I just sat there smiling at our baby. Seeing our baby smile at us and, furthermore, knowing that he was happy was a blessing. I will never forget the pure joy emanating from our baby’s face. Our life with Kai has been a rewarding, loving and fulfilling one. The last 14 years, I have learned that being a parent is to love one's child unconditionally. More important, is being worthy of our child’s love. I am amazed by how this little boy is so warm, loving and intuitive. Kai’s love is unconditional and he has compassion and understanding that is so genuine. My values, perspective and attitude in life are different now that I have my son. When a woman decides to be a mother, and is fortunate enough to have a child, she is responsible for the wellbeing of a life. A baby is born an individual with many characteristics, and we need to embrace uniqueness, reward achievements and see all potential. If we love our children completely, our rewards will be precious beyond limit. When I am walking with Kai, he always takes my hand, looks up at me with genuine acceptance, love and happiness and then smiles. Always with an angelic whisper, he says, “I love you.”




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susan ashbrook, Canada,
1/1/2014 4:45:04 PM
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Cara Ouellette, Canada,
12/23/2013 11:13:43 AM
You inspire me.

Lisa McCarty, United States, OH
12/20/2013 1:43:32 PM
What a beautiful story.

Lisa McIntosh, Canada,
12/18/2013 2:44:34 AM
What a beautiful story! You never cease to inspire me!

susan ashbrook, Canada,
12/17/2013 10:05:54 AM
It's heartwarming to see how commited Kai's family is to his well being.

Janet Nault, Canada,
12/16/2013 11:45:54 PM
Beautifully touching story about the love between parents and child. Kai seems to be a remarkable little boy. Thank you for sharing this.

Kiran Khuber, Canada, CA
12/16/2013 10:57:31 PM
A wonderful glimpse into your Mother/Son relationship - beautiful.

Daphne Machan, Canada,
12/16/2013 9:47:17 PM
Amazing family!

Joyce Davidson, Canada,
12/16/2013 6:27:44 PM
this is a wonderful story and it made me feel good as it will others I am sure.

Julie Thackray, Canada,
12/16/2013 6:22:11 PM
Beautiful story!

Kendra Dixson, Canada,
12/16/2013 5:57:06 PM
I'm glad I got to meet you on Saturday. Kai is lucky to have such a loving and creative mom.

Kelly Grant, Canada,
12/16/2013 5:32:33 PM
A wonderful family!!!!!!!!!!

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