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Posted by Beth on March 22, 2000 at 22:11:55:

In Reply to: ds baby to arive posted by Norma on March 22, 2000 at 10:44:22:

: I have a daughter-in-law that is going to have a Downs Syndrom baby. I would like to know what to expect. What will we need to do special for this little one.
: I know that all the love in the world won't be all that he needs, but I know nothing at all about the problems that he will have. She is now about 24 weeks along. Please I need help in finding out where to get information on this subject so We can all be prepared for Jessie's birth. He is already filling our harts now we are ready for him to fill our arms.
: Thank you for your help
: Norma
: (please e-mail me )

Norma,Don't worry. I didnt know my baby was DS till after I had him.I did ask the doctor a lot of silly questions like,Will he walk? Will he talk? Will he be able to feed himself? And ect. I didnt know anything about DS.My doctor just smiled at me and said sure he will.When they put my baby in my arms.I looked at him and he looked at me and I just cant put into words how Happy I was.Now I may be different than other people but I had to many people trying to give me advice. I had social workers coming in my room giving me books to read.None of which was very encouraging. I had a nurse ask me if I wanted to meet a adult DS.I just wanted everyone to leave me alone and let us bond with our baby.Thats all the baby needs now, is a lot of love.Theres plenty of time for him to let you know what else he needs.DS children like other children are all different.There may be more out there but I only found one book that didnt depress me.The title is Down Syndrome-Growing and Learning by Siegfried M. Pueschel.(theres also 3 other names listed under his.-Claire D. Canning-Ann Murphy-Elizabeth Zausmer.Sorry this was so long but I could go on and on when I talk about my son Joshua. He is 13 already but still when I think of him I smile to myself

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