Monday, September 17, 2012

Extra Attention

Every parents think their kid is the cutest kid in the world.  I get that.  But I'm pretty sure Kennedy's personality radiates an extra little bit of cuteness.  You know, that big huge toothy grin of hers?  The one she gives every single person that passes us in stores, theme parks, restaurants...just about anywhere.  She draws a lot of attention everywhere we go.  Do all these people realize that she has Down syndrome?  Maybe.  Maybe not. 

I feel pretty fortunate that all of the extra attention we get is positive.  All of our friends and family have accepted Kennedy for who she is, and her extra chromosome doesn't matter to them.  I feel so blessed to be able to say that.  Even strangers who recognize that she has Ds are always very positive about it.  Last week was my first real negative encounter that left me completely disgusted.  And in all honesty, I'm not sure if it was intended to come off like it did or if she was just uneducated and didn't know how to approach the subject.  I was standing in line at Busch Gardens and the lady behind me was looking at Caleb, who was in his stroller.  Kennedy was in my arms, getting ready to met Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby.  The woman commented that her brother just had a baby "like that" and gestured towards Kennedy with a cringe.  I repled back with something like, "oh, a baby this wonderful and perfect???"  She simply responded saying she hadn't met him yet.  I ended the conversation there.  I wish I had said more.  But at the moment I was so stunned that I just couldn't.  Not to mention, in line with a lot of people around wasn't the place to give her a piece of my mind.  I refuse to let people like that ruin my day, but it was definitely a slap in the face to the reality that I will always have to advocate for Kennedy, and always have to experience cruel or uneducated people. 

On a more positive note, we are getting back to life as usual around here.  Kennedy had her first hotel stay since July 4th.  She was of course thrilled.  And although Caleb slept through much of his first getaway, he seemed to enjoy it as well!

Here are some photos from last week, and our quick weekend getaway! 

Caleb, you should wake up for the elephants, they're my favorite!

Mom! He's stealing my Cheerios.

Okay, you're cool.  I'll share if I can pet your nose.
Yay!!  Another hotel!!

 Mom, there's no time for photos.  Bring on the food.

Daddy, when we move can I have a splash zone in our yard?

One of these days I'll be able to run around here.  Or take more than a few steps.

 Come and get me daddy!

I hate when water sprays in my face.

 The dolphins are my favorite at Sea World.

Look daddy, see the dolphins?

My brother is sleeping again. He has no idea what he's missing.

I got to ride on the big fish that went up and down!  Twice!!

Kennedy had a busy week.  She only made it part way through Sea World.  


  1. Man, I'd have a hard time not wanting to give that woman a literal slap! You handled it beautifully. It at least showed her that Kennedy is perfect for you and maybe she should consider her tone and comments. Ridiculous. I haven't experienced something this blatant yet, but looks and look aways are getting more common. And I can't believe she's getting around so well. Go Kennedy!

  2. What?!?! Who says that kind of stuff? "a baby like that. " GRRRR! I am with Leah in that I want to slap that woman. I must say that you handled it with a lot of class. It looks like Miss Kennedy really enjoyed the splash pad :-)

  3. I have to agree with you, Kennedy does have a little something extra in the cute department! Every time I visit your blog, even with stories of ignorant line dwellers and early intervention folk, I leave with a smile because the pictures are impossible to look at without smiling! I am impressed with your continued blogging having your hands as full as they are! Keep posting the cuteness!! :)