The Hailey Herald

The Hailey Herald

Tuesday, May 8, 2012



What does this word mean to you?  How does it make you feel?  Before I had Hailey, the word didn't come up in conversation often.  If it did, I had no feeling towards it.  Now, I cringe because Hailey isn't considered "typical" in the real-world.  In our household, she is no different than her brothers and likewise, we don't treat her any different.  We are working with her with the same end goal in sight.  We are raising her to be a loving, caring, kind, compassionate person.  We want her to reach her maximum potential.  To be the best person she can be. 

But to society and the medical community, Hailey is not typical...she is considered "atypical".   Defined as:  not representative of a group, class, or type; deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal.  With that definition, how would you feel knowing that is what people see when they look at your child?

I'm happy that society is slowly embracing differences in individuals and excepting them for who they are.  I love reading about barriers that other individuals have broken down.  It makes my heart happy.  They are paving the way for my Hailey and all her little pals that have Down syndrome.  They are opening a whole new world for her. 

Child model for Target

Lauren Potter on Glee

Chris Burke

Sujeet Desai

Michael Johnson

Bernadette Resha

The next time you hear the word "atypical"...focus on what comes to your mind.  Here are a few images of my "atypical" child....seems quite typical though if you ask me!

Emptying movies from the TV cabinet

Enjoying her dinner
Climbing the stairs when she shouldn't be

Playing with a pencil and water gun....always going after her brothers' stuff!


  1. Great post, Michelle! But I must disagree with you. She looks WAY cuter than typical!

    1. Thanks! I thought for a minute we were going to have an argument...when I read "disagree" :-) Ha!!!!!

  2. I find Ben pretty typical too. And I agree with Leah, Hailey is way cuter than typical!

  3. I completely agree with your post. If you look at your definition of atypical it says "not representative of a group"... Well I think our kids are all part of the same group and its a wonderful group to be a part of! <3

  4. It's amazing how our perspective has changed. You're very right. And Hailey doing so great.

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