autism · Down syndrome

She’s beautiful.

There were times after Abby was born where I was sad that I didn’t get to see what I looked like in a girl. What my features looked like. I saw Abby’s features- her almond eyes- etc, as Down syndrome, not as my own. This is a hard thing to admit. People would say, “She has your nose!” and I would think, “nah, she has no bridge- that’s not me- that’s the Down syndrome.”
As time moved on, I began to see it. I began to see my nose, my chin, my expressions, in my daughter. I also see A LOT of Magnusson. She’s got her dad’s cheeks. She looks a little like her beautiful Aunt, Leslie. That makes me SO happy. Before Abby was born Lance and I would talk about what we thought she’d look like and we both hoped she’d look like Leslie. 
I selfishly worried that she wouldn’t be pretty. That the world would only see her as her diagnosis, and not the girl she is. 
I was wrong. The world sees her as both Down syndrome and my beautiful Abby. She’s pretty on her own, but these two things added together make her beautiful.

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17 thoughts on “She’s beautiful.

  1. She is a beautiful little girl. I love reading your posts – I swear so much of what you write could be my own thoughts (if I had more time to write them!)… I felt the same about Levi when he was born. My first two kids looked so much alike, we were constantly asked if they were twins. Levi is the youngest of the four, but as it turns out – he's not the oddball, despite how Ds has changed what his features might otherwise have been. My third child is the one who looks unlike the others (he takes after his father) Levi is an adorable little boy, just like all his siblings. And it's very clear that he is related to his two oldest siblings; his features are very much like my side of the family. Lucky, lucky boy! 😉

  2. She is so beautiful! Just like my two best friends; Lexi (who is obviously higher on the best friend list) and Leslie 🙂 It is weird to think I have never met her, because how much I look at this blog and talk to Leslie about her I feel like I know her.

  3. My youngest is 9 months and she has DS. She is more than adorable but there are times I struggle with people seeing her diagnosis before her. I'm always wondering when they say she is cute if they can see she has DS and if they are saying she is cute just to be nice. I really wish I didn't but I do.

  4. I TOTALLY thought the same thing. I knew *I* thought she was beautiful, but I really worried people were just humoring me. It gets better though, I promise. You'll see that people are drawn to her…BECAUSE of her Ds…You're not wrong for feeling those things. Totally normal.

  5. I love it! It's amazing HOW MUCH they are our own. I really thought she'd look like she had Down syndrome, at that's all. Nope. I love seeing the parents in their kids. I almost don't even see the Ds anymore. What a wonderful world we've found ourselves in!

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