When Bridget was born four years ago with Down syndrome, we were unsure of what her diagnosis would mean for her and the rest of us. The first few weeks with Bridget were scary and filled with uncertainty, but we quickly realized that Bridget was perfect. The fact that we were willing to travel half way around the world to get another child with Down syndrome shows how much we love and value Bridget.
From December until April, I thought about Alina every day. All we had was a picture of a little bald baby with sad eyes, who needed a family--who needed our family. Once she and my parents came home, I was ecstatic. I saw a little girl that was full of energy, had beautiful blue eyes, and was adjusting to our family wonderfully. Alina was letting us give her hugs and kisses. She was finally ours.
I have realized in moments like these that I am so proud to be an older sister to these two amazing little girls. They have slammed down any preconceived notions that my friends, family, or even I have had about Down syndrome. They have inspired many with their love and vigor for life. They have helped me to realize that the seemingly 'imperfect' parts of life can really be the best of them all.