Fast forward to last night's basketball celebration. All 5 of us attended because that is what Brayden wanted...he wanted us to all go as a family. Bray sat with his team, the other 4 of us sat several rows back. Jason and I passed Hailey between us...she is quite squiggly and had to see everything. Cackling as she switched parents. Similar to last year, the cheerleaders walked on stage and I had tears streaming down my face. These weren't sad tears for Hailey's future...they were sad tears for our past. I was ignorant a year ago...who is going to stop her from cheering or playing basketball....do I think for one second that we won't be attending her basketball celebration a few years down the road....NOPE! Nothing has stopped her yet, I don't plan on anything stopping her ever.
A year ago, I never thought we would feel normal...that we wouldn't be happy...that Down syndrome would be a cloud that would follow us everywhere that would dominate our lives, our world. I'm quite happy to report, that is not the case. We are just as "normal" as the family with 3 "typical" children. We are happy and loving our life with 3 wonderful children! Thank you Hailey for showing mom how normal our life is!
|The girl is still in love with her car!|
|Feeding herself mashed potatoes|
|Thanks mom...one of my favorites!|
|Love this shirt!|
|This smile makes me so happy!!!|