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I love you 'Dada!' Julian Thomas Sherman
Julian Thomas Sherman and his parents Gretchen and Thomas (
Julian Thomas Sherman and his parents Gretchen and Thomas (
I love you 'Dada!' Julian Thomas Sherman

Hi, my name is Julian Thomas Sherman. I am turning one year old on June 5, 2011 and I can't wait to celebrate father's day with my dad, Thomas Sherman. He is the most loving father a little guy could want. During my first year of life, he has guided me to accomplish so many things along with my mom and my grandparents. Besides playing a lot and getting lots of kisses on my belly and neck, my parents helped me to learn to hold my head up high when I was a tiny baby, sit up, roll over, stand while holding on to my crib, hold my own bottle, drink through a straw, self feed myself with my hands and a spoon and I am working on crawling - I get myself up on all fours and rock back and forth. I will catch on soon, you just wait! My parents had a bit of a hard time with my diagnosis when I was born. They weren't expecting a baby who was a bit different than his typically developing peers. Like some other parents of children with Down syndrome, they had to go through a grieving process of mourning the baby that they were expecting. But soon enough, they were able to not just see my diagnosis but appreciate me for everything that I am and everything I can give to the world. I am a cute, lovable and very capable little guy. The world is my oyster and I can accomplish whatever I want. My dad can't wait to see me walk, say my first words, go to preschool and kindergarten, high school and higher education, play ball with me, ride bikes, go camping, and teach me to rock climb which is one of his hobbies (he is a rock climbing instructor!). If I find the right girl to be able to keep up with me, maybe I will get married. We are going to have so many fun father son moments. I just know it. I am already starting to babble "Dadada" - and soon enough I will be able to tell my daddy "I love you, Dad!" That will be the best father's day present ever.

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Heather Henry, United States, MT
9/28/2011 12:55:31 PM
You're story is so honest and real...and encouraging. Thanks for giving me hope. Your son, Julian, is so precious!!!

Jason Wedlick, United States, CO
8/26/2011 5:24:19 PM
We just had a boy 5 days ago with Down syndrome. I loved your story. Thank you for helping me see what is possible...

Leslie J. Dietz, United States, MT
6/12/2011 10:54:46 PM
You, Tom and Julian are a beautiful family. Julian will grow up to exceed all your hopes and dreams for him. He won't be able to not, with you two for parents.

Alyson, United States, MA
6/12/2011 9:35:28 PM
We feel so lucky to call Julian and his amazing parents dear friends. This story captures their extraordinary bond, which is a pleasure to witness each time we see them!

dan, United States, MA
6/12/2011 8:11:46 PM
This is a very special family... I happen to know them personally, and have had the pleasure of hanging with Jules, and his pops in the climbing gym that Tom and I work at together.... I'm so excited and lucky to have Jules around

Terrie Savage, United States, MA
6/12/2011 7:18:42 PM
Brought tears to my eyes. What a lovely story.

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