Welcome to Our House - The Analogy ©

Having a baby is special. For some, it’s a lifelong dream, for others, a wonderful surprise. Either way, many of us have thought about taking this journey and whether it’s planned or a pleasant surprise, we all have preconceived ideas about what our child will look and be like. But what if it isn’t what we planned or expected? This is a short story I have written for parents who have or are expecting an exceptionally special child.

Welcome to our House – An analogy

After many months of dreaming, you finally decide it’s time. You are going to build that perfect house of your dreams. You have saved and saved, and now it’s time to put your plan into action. You find a wonderful, perfect piece of land in the city. It’s exactly what you are looking for – because it’s the plan that everyone talks about. You envision the all brick house sitting on luscious green grass, surrounded by a white picket fence. Inside is a marble foyer leading into a family room with beautiful oak hardwood floors. Granite lines the kitchen counter tops and there is an island sink in the middle. Upstairs has four perfect bedrooms and the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and an enormous walk-in closet, of course. It’s truly a dream come true, and it’s only a matter of time. You purchase the land and think to yourself, in nine short months, you will have it all.

But suddenly your agent calls to tell you, the land is not properly zoned, and the city has not approved it for building your perfect home. They have instead, given you land in the country, where an old country home sits. You are absolutely devastated, your dreams vanishing right before your eyes. You know you can’t back out now, you need a place to live, and despite it not being what you wanted, you know that somehow you will manage and that you can continue on.

You tell everyone what has happened, and everyone is disappointed, some even offering their condolences. You know that everyone else has a nice city home, and that was what you had planned, but you have to come to terms with the fact that you must learn to live in the country.

You go to see the property every month until closing and something funny happens. You start to fall in love with the place. The air is fresh, it’s peaceful and serene. There’s a pond on the land, and the house, though not a new all brick home, is quaint, and has lots of hidden potential. You soon realize it’s not a awful place, it’s just a different place. It’s slower paced than the city, less noisy and flamboyant, but it’s beautiful none the less. And in the process, you soon realize you may even get to meet some new and wonderful neighbours.

Its closing day and you suddenly find yourself full of anticipation, but you are still a little worried. After all, it isn’t what you had originally hoped for, and the house may need some repairs. But you are determined to accept it, and tackle everything one step at a time. You open the front door, and suddenly you are thrilled with what you see. The house is lovely, and has lots of character. The rooms are smaller but it’s decorated with beautiful attention and detail. The kitchen has marble instead of granite, and the bathroom has a soaker tub instead of a Jacuzzi. There isn’t a walk-in closet in sight, but the rooms all come with an indescribable view. Somehow, you just know that it was always meant to be and that this is now home.

This is my analogy of what it will be like for people who discover that they will be caring for a baby with Down syndrome. For us, it is not a terrible place to be, it is a journey full of surprises, milestones and discovery like any other child. And as the story suggests, sometimes it’s only a matter of ‘point of view’, and surprisingly, once you have been there, you don’t want to be anywhere else. The journey, like all others doesn’t come without some bumps in the road, but once you find your way, it’s all about the place you discovered, in most cases - quite by random chance
Author: Sandi Graham-McWade, Copyright

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Journal - Week 49 (24Jul10)

Playtime is learning time....

Today, I happened to catch Hunter trying something by himself.  I wrote a little while back that Hunter did something that scared me out of my skin.  He stood up in his crib, by himself and almost toppled out.  While I had no idea that Hunter could pull himself to a standing position without my help, he is certainly proving it over and over these days.  I managed to record him making an attempt using his new foam chair!  Not really the best item to use for a try, but I was surprised none the less.  After I recorded him trying to stand, he decided that he would try without any furniture, and tried to stand by placing his hands on the floor and bend over with his butt up in the air, and his legs stiffened straight with only his feet on the ground.  He looked like a human triangle.  I had guessed at one time that the "butt up" crawl sans knees would be the way he would figure out how to crawl, since that is just how his daddy used to crawl as a baby.  But, I guess Hunter is just quite happy to inch worm - commando crawl around.  He moves at lightening speed around the room, despite having to pull his entire body forward using his arm strength!

The video here is what I caught of his attempt to stand up unassisted.  (Short 1 minute video).

And some new pictures of Hunter with his learning centre now with the legs attached.  Interestingly enough, while the legs are on, Hunter can actually reach the different items on the table, but I thought he might be a bit more comfy in the new foam chair that I bought him!

[I wonder what is inside here?  I know there is something in here....]
[Peak a boo?  That's what it says?  I am going to look again....]

Just some exciting news for everyone...
I have finally purchased the name for my NEW Website....  I will be completing the webpage this coming Monday, when I will recieve the background template that I ordered.  I will be designing the site by my self, and I hope to have it up and running by the end of the week.  The website will not be working until I publish it, but the site address is:  http://www.welcometoourhouse-ds.com or http://www.welcometoourhouse-ds.ca
I purchased both domains .com and .ca  for my site.  Either one will work.  This blog will actually be linked to that website, so you can access it from either location.  I hope that when it is ready you will come and visit there!  I will be posting when it is actually up and running!

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