When Audrey was born I wasted too much time worrying about the most ridiculous superficial nonsense! I thought about things like her not having any fashion sense! That she might be fat! That mother-daughter time would never be how I had once dreamed… I’m so ashamed by these thoughts.
One of the worst/craziest worries was that I would never think she was beautiful. Here we are at 14 months, she’s 100% the most beautiful baby I have ever seen. It should be a given that a mother would feel that way about her child.
I suspect my blog posts will get a bit repetitive, I apologise in advance! But I’ve realised the importance/benefit of “raising awareness”. If people were more aware and if disabilities were a part of everyday life, those of us suddenly thrust into this world might not feel so awful/negative about it.
October is Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month.
In October 2012 I fell pregnant with Audrey. In October 2013 she was 3 months old. Thanks to Instagram I found out about DSAM and found all the DS hashtags that led to me to become part of a community of wonderful people enjoying life and sharing their DS experiences. Seeing happy families from around the word really did make a difference to me. It has given me hope, support and also the confidence to share our story and share Audrey with the world.
Back in October 2013 I had around 80 followers on IG, a year on I (Audrey!) have 720!
I must admit, my first thoughts about Down’s Syndrome awareness was; “I’m aware of it, as are most people, not really sure why we need to increase awareness”. Ha. But gradually I realised what the “awareness” was doing for me and how much strength you can gain from seeing other people go through what you’ve been through and come out the other side.
And then I think about awareness and inclusion and what that can do for the world. If TV and adverts and mainstream media embraced special needs, disabled people, minorities… Maybe we’d all feel more comfortable around people who are “different” to the norm. Maybe we’d all feel less scared by “different”. And maybe a woman somewhere getting told her baby has DS won’t immediately feel the future has been destroyed, but will think “Oh, ok, unexpected, but people with DS lead happy and fulfilled lives, things are going to be ok”.
Audrey in October 2013…
And now (Sept 2014)…