Now that you are one year old, mommy couldn’t be happier. God has blessed us with you. Though we didn’t expect things to turn out the way they did, we are ever so grateful that you are in our lives. When I had you and doctors told me about your special extra chromosome, I feared that you were never going to have a life, that you would always be that floppy baby that I held in the hospital room. Lack of knowledge almost destroyed me and that would have negatively impacted my ability to look after you. But I am happy to say that didn’t happen. I looked into your eyes as you gazed into mine and pulled myself together because I knew that you depended on me and I was determined never to let you down my princess!
I want you know that you are special not just to me but to daddy too. I know you will face challenges because you’re different but you should never let negativity bring you down. Always know that there is nothing wrong with you. You are not disabled but able in your own special way. Imagine if we were all the same? Life would be quite boring wouldn’t it? Our differences are what make us special and you, my baby, are irreplaceable! There is only one of you so never wish to be like anyone else. Work on being the best version of yourself and not a copy of someone else because it’s you we love with all our hearts! You are beautiful and so full love. And just as you have taught me that I am stronger than I ever thought I could be, there may be times that you will need to be strong for yourself when you face challenges. Don’t forget that you are never alone. Mommy and daddy are here for you!
Each time you wonder what life means, remind yourself that life is breathing in and out and having a heartbeat. God gave that to you but the rest is within you. You choose how you want to live your life. What you want to achieve and what will bring you joy. God sent you from heaven to earth so that you can be free to live. So do not let anyone or anything especially being different, limit your quality of life. Reach for the stars and I promise I will do all I can to give you the support you need to achieve your goals and to be truly happy. I know as your mom, I will make a few suggestions, give advice and a few requests, well maybe a lot, LOL. That’s because I love and want the best for you but I will never limit or hinder your progress! Remember, God didn’t send you here alone. Besides your daddy and I, you also have the bible to guide you and to encourage you.
With all the medical advancements around us, I am certain that there is nothing that Down syndrome can throw at you that cannot be dealt with to ensure you live a long, fulfilled life. I don’t mean to to brag but to remind you how blessed you are because at your age more than 50% of babies with down syndrome would have been through about 3 heart operations or been in and out of hospital several times for one issue or another but you have been healthy and strong! As I watch you grow, I am so encouraged because I know you have a bright future ahead of you.
You were born an angel. I want you to live like one. An angel loves unconditionally, is always joyful, is beautiful inside and out and is always strong. An angel gives without expecting any rewards and reaches out to people in need. I know your life will have a positive impact on everyone around you. You may be too young to realize it right now but you have already changed my life for the better. I love you more than words can ever express!
Happy birthday my Zia Olerato Kachukiwa. Here’s to many many more!!!
Lots of Love