7 Life Lessons From Raising a Child With Down Syndrome

Deanna Smith is a mother of two toddlers (Addison, 3, who has Down syndrome and Carter, 2) and a former high school music teacher turned stay-at-home mom. Her personal blog, Everything and Nothing from Essex, chronicles her journey through motherhood and raising a child with Down syndrome. She is expecting her third baby in November.

If I could go back in time and relive one moment, without a doubt I would choose the moment four years ago when I received the phone call and heard, “Your baby has Down syndrome.” Slumped on the couch, tears overflowing, and feeling like my world just imploded, I knew nothing would ever be the same.

Upon receiving my daughter’s prenatal diagnosis, I remember feeling a sense of soul-crushing hopelessness. Hopelessness for what my daughter’s life would be like. Hopelessness for what the diagnosis meant for me as a parent. Hopelessness for how different our family would look from the one I had imagined for us. I was changed forever by that call.

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