Blog Hop #9: In a New Way

The blog-hop prompt for this week was to present in a new way that you don’t usually do—a vlog, a poem, artwork, etc. Well, I don’t vlog, I don’t write poetry, and I’m not particularly artsy. But it occurred to me that something I didn’t used to do was show pictures where Sam looked particularly like he had Down syndrome. I don’t know why—I really don’t feel like I was in denial or anything. I just preferred pictures where he looked like any other baby, you know? Pictures where the first thing I noticed wasn’t what was different about him. I fairly quickly moved past that, but it does still bother me that I used to decide not to post pictures simply because his difference from other babies was more noticeable. So for my “In a New Way” post, I give to you baby pictures of my sweet Sam where I feel his features of Down syndrome are on full and glorious display. I love these pictures now, and I’m glad I didn’t delete them. I’m glad I simply stored them away for a time when I could look at them with happiness and not with pity for an amazing little guy who has never needed my pity.

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I used to only like to post pictures like this, where he looked like any typical baby.
See that closed-mouth smile on me? It's because I was trying very had not to cry. I had just been given the news about Sam minutes before. But look at that beautiful baby in my arms!
See that closed-mouth smile on me? It’s because I was trying very hard not to cry. I had just been given the news about Sam minutes before. I usually smile with my mouth open, but it was holding back a giant lump in my throat. But look at that beautiful baby in my arms!
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Almond eyes and tiny flat nose…
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No mistaking it when his eyes were opened—although some people still didn’t notice!
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Nowadays I revel in the beauty of almond-shaped eyes with Brushfield spots.
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Yup, our tongue is out a lot…especially when we’re tired. I don’t bother to hide that anymore.
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Sandal-gap toes–one of the first things to neonatologist pointed out to me when she diagnosed Sam at birth.
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Yup, he sure was.
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So impossibly tiny and frail-looking to me—and yet he was perfectly healthy.

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Big brother has always seen him as perfect.
Big brother has always seen him as perfect. We all should’ve been so wise from Day 1…

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