Thursday, October 20, 2011

31 for 21 Day 20: A Perfect Mistake

"Down syndrome (DS), also called Trisomy 21, is a condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the way a child develops, both mentally and physically. "

"Normally, at the time of conception a baby inherits genetic information from its parents in the form of 46 chromosomes: 23 from the mother and 23 from the father. In most cases of Down syndrome, a child gets an extra chromosome 21 — for a total of 47 chromosomes instead of 46. It's this extra genetic material that causes the physical features and developmental delays associated with DS."

Down Syndrome is known to be an error, a mistake that occurs right at the beginning. When the "mistake" happened, my perfect baby was formed.

The question comes up all of the time that asks "would you change anything if you could". I have thought about this over and over again because I couldn't imagine not having my beautiful, loving, funny, and crazy little boy (feeding troubles and all). Do I wish that he didn't have to face certain challenges and work extra hard? Of course. But I don't want to change WHO my little boy is. That extra chromosome? It's perfect....

...It's the best mistake ever made.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
- Psalm 139:14

6 comments:

Aimee said...

Colin is perfectly LOTS of things- perfectly silly, perfectly sweet, perfectly loving, and perfectly handsome, just to name a few! Gosh, I love that smile!!!

Adrienne said...

Love this post Kelli! Colin IS perfect!! Love your header by the way!!

Shannon said...

Beautifully put, I love Psalms 139:14 :) Colin is seriously the cutest little kid I have ever seen. I love how he rocks the foehawk

CM said...

Colin is seriously one of the cutest little boys I have ever seen. I love the photos of him in this post! And I agree, that extra chromosome is absolutely perfect. Before Bailey was born (I had a prenatal diagnosis) a woman with a 10 year old son with Ds told me that she feels sorry for the people that don't get to experience parenting a child with Ds...which I never understood...until we had Bailey. The perfect mistake!

Nana said...

He is just soooo cute and fun! Kailey is beautiful and fun in her own way! Love, Nana

Jenny said...

Beautiful Kelli!