Now back to the reason I started blogging in the first place.
My son is one year and one month old. He has Translocation Down Syndrome. We knew that he would have some developmental delays and that he would reach his milestones later than most children. We knew this because that was what the doctors told us.
As every new parent, we treat him with lots of love and affection and he responds to that love with smiles. We also treat him without limitations. Although we are careful to keep him away from illness and bad weather to avoid him getting sick.
We were surprised and I luckily caught it on camera. On 06/30/2019 our son said his first word!! “Papa!” I was in total shock. Now he says it every day. I am working on getting him to say “Mama” but no luck yet. I cannot explain how amazing I felt to hear him say that. Now I feel like I can teach him more words! Some DS children say their first word at 13 months, others not until 36 months. So we are right on track.
He Has Teeth
So not yet, but he is teething, I can see those pearly whites coming in. I was so excited to find out he was teething. For a few weeks he was not letting mom and dad sleep. Constantly waking up in the middle of the night crying. Doctors told us that babies with DS do not usually sleep through the night. Well ours did so it was odd that he was waking up. One morning he gave me a huge smile and I could see his gums red and swollen. I swept my finder through them and felt those tiny teeth hiding under them. Typically in a DS baby teething happens around 12 to 14 months. So again, we are right on track.
Every child is different and that includes children with Down Syndrome. We do not put any limitations on our son since we know he can reach milestones sooner than expected. We still treat him as a delicate baby when it comes to bringing him around crowds and people that are sick. But other than that he is just like you and me!