Last year I posted this during Down syndrome Awareness month:
“Babies that have Down syndrome are not passive angels that are alway happy. They are regular babies with a full range of emotions just like any other baby. If you assume my baby who happens to have Down syndrome is filled with joy and wants to love everyone she meets; you will be sorely disappointed as she clearly notes that you are not one of her people if she hasn’t already met you and hung out with you. She will give you a cutting look and turn back to her people.
She knows us and if you take the time, she may get to know you. You will have to earn her love, trust and respect the same as you have to earn mine.
Now that said; please do take the time to get to know her and let her get to know you. She is awesome.”
As time has gone on- it hasn’t changed. Except; now she has perfected her fine motor skills she will slap the hand of any baby-lovin stranger away from her. Oh- and turn her back. Physical therapy has done wonders as well!