I know there are lots of new moms and dads coming into the community of Down syndrome everyday.
I know how scary it can be.
I know how strange it is to love a little person so much, but also be a bit afraid of them and what is in store.
I know the waiting for results and checkups and tests often.
I know the mixed anticipation of meeting that little one. Wanting them here safe and sound, yet wishing they could stay put where you could always protect them.
I also know the amazing feeling of meeting this little one who is genetically enhanced.
I know the tears of joy in seeing the family resemblance.
I know the sigh of relief as you hold them in your arms.
I know the trials and tribulations as all the medical tests get underway and something more might be needed for them.
I know the thrill of bringing them home as you begin your life as a family.
I know the hurt at hearing words spoken by others that now take on a whole new meaning and cut like a knife.
I know the anxiety of wondering whether they would smile, roll, hear.
I know the enormous sense of pride in milestones met.
I know the overwhelming feeling of schedules and appointments.
I know the love in a sibling's eyes when I glimpse them staring into those almond eyes.
I know love like I had never known it possible.
I know there will be much more to learn.
I know that is not unlike any of the children in my life, whether they have 46 or 47 chromosomes.
Most importantly, I know you may not believe this is all possible right now. But I KNOW, you will get there too. Then you will tell others all that you know.