When Colin was born and I found out that he had Down Syndrome, I was really scared because I didn't know anything about Down Syndrome. My perceptions were based on the few experiences I had had growing up in school. I didn't know what the future would hold. I didn't know how people were going to react when we told them. I didn't know if Colin was going to have any number of potential health problems. I didn't know what the next day would bring.
With time, I realized that what I didn't know I would learn and that I didn't need to know everything.
Because I also didn't know that one day I would get so excited because Colin sat up for the first time, crawled, and then stood up. I didn't know that it would feel so good to have him eat a whole pancake by himself, drink his whole cup of pediasure AND have half of a banana in one sitting (tonight....yay!).
I didn't know that Colin would introduce me to a whole new community of friends. I didn't know that the smallest of milestones would cause the biggest cheers in my house. I didn't know that Down Syndrome wasn't such a scary place.
I do know that we don't have to know it all because we have Colin and we have learned to take it one step at a time...