We have two bits of good news! First, after two weeks of not gaining weight Nathan has gained 5 ounces in 7 days! The doctor was thrilled and said he never expected Nathan to do so well! When will he learn? Nathan will always defy expectations! :-) Pending any other issues Nathan doesn't need to see the doctor until he is 4 months old.
Secondly, I asked the doctor - "I realize that I'm Nathan's mom so, I think he just adorable, but when I look at him I don't see his Downs. Sometimes yes, but not a lot. Is that going to change as Nathan gets older?" The doctor said "Nathan doesn't have the striking features of most children with Downs Syndrome and I don't expect that it will change." How cool is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As parents of an infant with Down Syndrome, Danny and I don't just worry about the really important things like Nathan's health, development, and future but also what I would consider some pretty insignificant details - like will he have friends, go to the prom, and have a girlfriend? I know this may seem vain but knowing that Nathan has been given a little reprieve in the physical characteristic department made me feel a whole lot better about those insignificant details.
When the Speech Therapist came to see Nathan that day - I asked her the same question and she confirmed what the doctor had said. I also explained to her that I had met another mother at the pediatricians office whose daughter had Downs and at 2 1/2 wasn't able to walk or talk.
She said "with Downs you just never know what you're going to get until you get there - it all depends on the card you draw." Whatever card Nathan draws will be fine because I have full faith and confidence in the care he's receiving from the Early Intervention Program, Danny and I, and our family -- the rest is up to God.
Speaking of God, yesterday at our Easter service, Pastor preached on the "Promises of God" and told a story of a boy who was about to graduate from high school. His father had promised as a graduation gift he would buy him a new car. The two went shopping and picked it out. On graduation day the father handed his son a bible - the young man was so disappointed that he threw the bible on the ground and never spoke to his father again. Many years later, the father passed away and his son returned home for the services. When he went back to his father's home he found that bible sitting on his desk. When he opened the bible he found a check for the exact amount of the car taped inside.
Although God doesn't promise us children, I couldn't help but to think of Nathan's birth and the gift He gave us. Not wrapped in the packaging we had anticipated but something much better. The father in this story didn't just give his son the money for his new car but he gave him something much better - the word of God.