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Posted by nikky on November 22, 2000 at 14:04:23:

In Reply to: Re: My little girl posted by Vicky on October 28, 2000 at 20:45:43:

: Jim,

: Congratulations and take heart, I know that you may have great difficulty believing this right now, but you have been given a wonderful opportunity in being this little girl's daddy.
: I have a wonderful little girl, age five, with Down Syndrome and she has been an inspiration to nearly everyone she meets. As far as your expectations go, maintain those for this child just as you would any other. Granted she may not get there as fast as some, but she will get there!
: We have made every attempt to treat our daughter the same, with the same discipline and expectations that we have expected from our son, who is older. Thus far, I can honestly say she has brought us nothing but joy. She is an amazing child who is making wonderful accomplishments.
: Granted, she is not your typical five year old in many ways, but she knows her abcs, is counting to at least ten, knows colors and shapes. More importantly, she is a sweet, loving child who loves everyone she meets! I know the pain you feel right now is real, but take from one who knows first hand, it will ease with time and as you watch this precious little one grow and learn, you will come to realize that she is a wonderful gift from God. I will say a prayer for you and your wife and little one. God bless!

I have a daughter who has downs syndrome, and I too said all the same things. I dreaded that noone would ask her to prom and she would never get married. There are so many things I want for her. But rally helped me out was going to genetic counseling.
When I started to talk to both professionals and parents that deal with babies like my daughter everyday, I began to feel better. And you also get to hear success stories, and that makes a world of difference. Everything is going to be okay. I will say a prayer for you and yours.
And I look forward to hearing your great success stories, which will only empower me.(^_^)

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