“I’m not sure,” he said, “it’s hard to say. But I think he might have Down syndrome.” We exchanged glances, and in the middle of our sheer joy at the birth of our firstborn, we knew that life was about to take a very unexpected turn.
What we didn’t know was just how wonderful that “alternate route” would be. Jordan is now five years old and thriving at Little Trotters Farm & Nursery School. He is engaging and kind-hearted. He has a marvelous sense of humour and a contagious, deep-belly laugh. He loves to read, play with his cars, and give his little sister loads of trouble, as all good older brothers should!
Having Jordan in our family is probably the greatest gift we never would have asked for. Of course, it is perfectly normal for parents to want their children to be healthy and “typical.” However, if we had known five years ago what we know today, we would have looked at the future with hope and great excitement. Yes, Jordan has some hold-backs and we work with him every day, to help him grow and develop on track as much as possible. But one thing we’ve learned in these short five years, is that by embracing the differences, every new milestone is a cause for celebration and we simply see our Jordan as nothing less than a person who is becoming who he is meant to be.
This is Jordan.