A Special Bond
Who needs toys?
One thing I have noticed, is that when the kids interact with Felix, it rarely involves toys. There are lots of games of peek-a-boo, walks outside to play with the dogs and times when they hold him by the hands and encourage him to walk. At least once a day I hear, "Mum, quick, come here! Look what Felix is doing!" They have learned to observe the small things, which may not be a big deal to other people, but are celebrated in our house with rounds of applause and cheers. Often it is basic things, like the first time Felix balanced on his knees or the first time he reached out his arms to be picked up. Other times it's bigger things like when they have taught him to climb stairs, to roll a ball back and forth between them, to do the actions to 'twinkle, twinkle little star', to give them 'high fives' or to turn on the Playstation (Not sure about that one!). *As I write this, my 17 year old is sitting on the floor playing a game of catch with Felix (using a rolled up sock!)
Today, I want to publicly thank our precious kids for everything they have done to help Felix grow and develop. I want to thank them for loving him unconditionally and for being proud of him. He has learned so much from each and every one of you. You are all raising awareness about Down Syndrome and are showing people that there is nothing to fear; that loving someone with Down Syndrome is a blessing. I don't have the words to say how proud I am of ALL of you!
Don't have a million kids?
Thank you to all of you who have allowed Felix to touch your life in some way. You have no idea the impact you have had on his life already; and how that support will help him reach his full potential in the future. We truly are blessed!