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To All the Mamas Hearing Down Syndrome for the First Time

To all the mamas who will hear the words “Down syndrome” for the first time this year — I need you to remember a few important things I’ve learned on this journey:

1. Your child will become your greatest teacher. You will watch this little person learn and master ways to adapt to fit into a world not made for them. It will astound you.

2. The milestones. Forget about them. Your child will do things in their time. Put the books down. Stop Googling and enjoy that little baby in front of you — exactly where they are and not what literature says about where they are “supposed to be.”

3. Your heart will break over and over again by the stereotypes held by society. It’s your job to help break down those barriers. You are now an advocate. Mama

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