I have an addiction. A baby clothes addiction.
I have an addiction to shopping for and buying baby girl clothes and shoes. And blankets. And toys. I regularly have shopping carts at 6 different online stores filled with the most adorable baby outfits that Lanie must have RIGHTNOW. The addiction is still developing and growing and new baby items get added to my must have list every day. Like board books and straw cups. Rabbit gives me the side-eye about it but I go to Lowe’s with him so that and the occasional heavy sigh are about all the hassle I get.
I get her new clothes and then I pose her like a doll and try to take pictures. More than often they end up like this because she does what she wants and often what she wants to do is dance while I try to take pictures with my phone.
Or this. Where she is just disappointed in me for setting her down again.
She seems to enjoy Gabe’s cello lessons and even though she is normally tired at this point I can usually get some smiles out of her while we listen to him play. I am irritated that even with a really good camera I still get so many fuzzy pictures.
I struggled with accepting that Lanie had Down syndrome. It’s difficult news for the vast majority of new T21 parents to accept. Some people had even warned me ahead of time that I had better be careful having so many kids because I might have one with Down syndrome. For people outside the Down syndrome community, Down syndrome is often scary to think about. I get it. It was scary for me before I knew better.
But it’s not scary. Seriously. It’s just not.
It takes more than a village to break the largely untrue stereotypes like the ones that surround Down syndrome, and Carters and Oshkosh are helping to shed some of the scary stigma by regularly using these kids in their social media advertising.
Because just like their typical peers, they are cute and charming and beautiful and there is no reason to not include them in every normal part of life and people are starting to see that and inclusion is becoming a real thing.
Just about all the clothing Lanie is wearing in these pictures is from Oshkosh, Carters, or Child of Mine by Carters. Everything except the shoes.
I know this sounds like I’m trying to sell something but this is not an advertisement. It’s just my thoughts on something that is happening and that I think is great. We need more of this in our media. More acceptance. More inclusion. More kids with Down syndrome just being kids.
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