Sunday, January 3, 2010

Squeals and Laughter



It's moments like this that I love to replay. It is at this instance that I can put aside all my concerns with challenges we would face together with Matthew as we travel this road. Challenges like potholes that lay on the road ahead, some we may avoid and some we may not.

I wonder if he will be spared from developing leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Research states that individuals with Down syndrome are at a higher risk for leukemia - 10 to 30 times more often than in those without Down syndrome. We were lucky that he didn't need open heart surgery when he was born as he did not have any major heart defects. Almost half of babies with Down syndrome have heart defects, according to information put together by the March of Dimes.

I wonder how well Matthew will socialize with school classmates or kids his age and if he will have good friends at school.

I wonder how clear Matthew's speech will be when he's an adult and how well he will be able to express himself without needing someone to intervene or assist.

I wonder how independent Matthew will be as an adult. Of course, we will do everything we can to steer him towards independent living but I think we can only do so much. The rest will be up to him, right?

I wonder about so many things in Matthew's life. It seems the list only gets longer with time.

It's good to think about what may lie ahead. But why be constantly concerned especially if we haven't come up to that pothole yet? For now, I will delight in the squeals and laughter of moments like this.

10 comments:

Rosa Maria said...

He is adorable! He made me laugh, too.

Anonymous said...

I love the video- those squeals and laughter are wonderful!!!!! And what a great post... whatever comes, Matthew will always have our love & support, and I know we will have his. Love you guys, Matthew's Auntie Kris

To Love Endlessly said...

way too cute! love this post!

Beverly said...

he is so cute

Norris said...

Matthew is so cute :o) And as a father of a daughter (Camden) with Ds, I can totally relate to what you are saying. It's so very important to remember to enjoy the squeals and laughters of the moment, instead of getting lost in the wondering too much.

therextras said...

So well said!

Now and in the future, love makes the journey worthwhile.

Barbara

Kelli said...

I loved the laughing and squealing!! It put a smile on my face...

I feel your concerns so much...they are thoughts that cross my mind so often. But then you go back to the video and watch Matthew laughing and it makes everything better right?

B. McKenzie said...

Thanks for sharing this...I share in your same concerns and I also know the beauty of living in the moment with our precious little boys! I hope 2010 brings many blessings to your family!

Angela said...

I love this video! It definitely brightened my day!

Michelle said...

what adorable squeals and laughter! Kayla wants to watch again :)