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Receiving my Angel Baby
Receiving my Angel Baby

I knew what Down syndrome was and I knew children who had Down syndrome yet I never believed that on March 1, 2009 I would enter the world of Down syndrome so personally. Our son, Keagen, was born with Down syndrome. The pediatrician who examined him saw the signs right away but we did not. To say that you go through shock feels like an understatement. We wanted so many things for our child and yet all we heard was what possible challenges you will face with a child with Down Syndrome. The "what if's" appear to dominate your child's care. My husband and I quickly learned that Keagen is much more like our other children then different. We learned that the "what if's" only control you if you let them. Keagen loves to snuggle, learn new things and play. He has not been anymore sick then our other children nor has he made life more difficult. He has made our lives much richer. He has taught his older brother and sister how to play with him, read to him and dress him. He has taught everyone around him how to smile everyday and clap over almost everything. He has taught us that signing really does work and that regardless of all of the extra therapies, he will learn when he is ready. He has taught us that Down syndrome does not define anything other than his chromosomal make-up. Because of our angel baby we have met wonderful families who similarly have been blessed. We have met families that support you unconditionally, who are willing to share their experiences and knowledge and who love their angel babies as much as we love ours.

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Lori Bradseth, United States, MN
9/14/2011 10:54:52 PM
Everyone who has ever met Keagen is blessed! The whole Spooner family is one we all should learn from! Truly a family of angels!

denise zenker, United States, ND
9/14/2011 9:09:26 PM
So beautiful to enjoy the simple things in life!!

Zoey Winkler, United States, ND
9/14/2011 7:58:21 PM
Keagan is such a sweet boy! I loved watching him play with my year old nephew!!

Sierra Racine, United States, ND
9/14/2011 7:26:15 PM
Great Story! Keagen is such an amazing little guy! :)

Jeanna Akey, United States, CA
9/14/2011 6:06:46 PM

Megan Bradseth, United States, MN
9/14/2011 4:35:56 PM
An angel who reminds us that every day should be treasured and not a day should go by without a smile!

nicole moritz, United States, ND
9/14/2011 3:44:11 PM
Beautiful Angel

Stephanie, United States, ND
2/7/2011 10:40:56 AM
Keagen is a beautiful product of two truly special people!

April Schaack, United States, MN
2/7/2011 10:24:34 AM

Mary Lou Holliday, United States, ND
8/30/2012 4:07:16 PM
The Spooner family is absolutely amazing! They do an absolutely fantastic job of parenting their children and Keagen is very lucky to be part of their family, as they are to have Keagan part of their family!!

Kristi Schaefer, United States, ND
8/30/2012 3:14:00 PM
Keagen was born into a truly wonderful family!!

Linda Stevick, United States, ND
8/30/2012 2:44:40 PM
Beautiful story!

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