To My Sweet Boy:
This letter is probably titled incorrectly, as you are technically a toddler at 2 years old. But guess what? You’re the baby. Always will be…that’s just your role in our family. You’ve come a LONG way in 2 years! Just like other kids, but definitely different with all the obstacles you’ve had to face already.
Down Syndrome hasn’t stopped you. In fact, in the last few weeks you’ve hit a learning spurt. Today, you said your first word spontaneously- BALL. You learn new signs every day. You’re learning to walk down the stairs. We’re SO SO proud of you. When you see your Daddy walk through the door and do your little bird dance, the whole family cracks up. When you cry as your Dad walks out the door most morning, all of our hearts break. One of the first things we do when Daddy gets home is go over your day, what milestones you reached, how therapy went. We didn’t get to experience that with your brother and sister, because we were both working outside the home. Instead, we read how their day went on a report from the day care. We both cherish being able to give you this type of upbringing. Which is why my heart breaks….because soon, Daddy will be gone for an extended period of time.
In your little 2 years, you’ve never had to go without Daddy for more than a month or 2 at a time. This time will be different and it will bring new challenges. What pains me most is that he’s going to miss an exciting time for you. By the time he comes home, I’m sure you’ll be speaking in full sentences, you’ll have started Pre-K and developed so many skills.
I’m going to make sure that we have plenty of pictures and books with Daddy’s voice. We’ll have Daddy time every day, even when we can’t see or talk to him. You’re already used to the camera, but get ready for that to increase a LOT. I don’t want him to miss this special time in your life and development… so you’ll have to roll with me on that one.
Oh, one more thing. I’ll need to you make sure you keep taking those naps.
And going to bed easily at 8pm, okay?
We’re going to be just fine until Daddy comes home to us.
And then you’ll be able to go back to doing your bird dancing and following him around wherever he goes, thinking you’re playing video games when there’s no battery in the controller. Just remember, don’t grow up too much while he’s gone. There’s no need to rush.
You’ll always be our baby.