In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, Children’s Village is honored to share Kelly Baker’s story.
A self-professed planner with a bit of a type-A personality, Kelly Baker prided herself on being ready for anything. From little things like a weekly meal schedule to big things like buying a house and having children, Kelly never missed a detail.
Seven months have gone by since Kelly and her husband welcomed sweet Lily into their family. What couldn’t have been planned, has turned into the best surprise. A gentle, PERFECT little soul, designed just for their family.
In Kelly’s words:
Down syndrome can be scary. Really scary. But I have learned so much.
1. I make beautiful babies.
2. Down syndrome isn’t a sickness.
3. My life is so much better now.
4. My son, Riley, is an incredibly compassionate and loving soul.
5. My husband is really an incredible father and my personal Super Man.
6. I don’t freak out over the little (or big things) anymore.
Another thing I’ve learned is that children learn on their own time table. Lily will learn everything she needs to learn on her own time. I have always told Riley he can do ANYTHING he puts his mind to. I tell Lily the same thing…and I mean it. She may be only 7 months old…but for her…and everyone else with a special need…the sky is the limit.
To learn more about Down syndrome:
National Association for Down Syndrome – www.nads.org
To learn more about services for children with special needs in the Yakima Valley, visit the Children’s Village web site – www.yakimachildrensvillage.org