Thursday, October 25, 2012

So I thought I would be doing a bunch of profound Down syndrome posts this month being that October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. But here it is October 25th, and I haven't said a thing about it. I thought about posting a bunch of facts and statistics, but I figured those could be Googled. Instead, I am going to share with you 10 random facts about my extra special boy. 

1. He and Ace wear the same size shoe, but his chubby little foot is much more difficult to wiggle into his shoes. He also has the classic Down syndrome space between his big toe and the others. 

2. He has the kindest soul. He is so caring and concerned about others. Here is an email I got a while back from the preschool director at our church:

"Archie was the Worship Leader yesterday and did a great job!  I’ve noticed over the past two weeks he seems so much more mature, patient and responsible.  He listened to the story while sitting on the little leader bench the whole time and I know he heard it.  Our storyteller, John, came in complaining about an upset stomach.  (We were learning about Daniel and how God wanted him to make good food choices.)  AfterJohn left, Archie was done being the worship leader too.  We initially thought he just had enough, but it turns out he was worried about John!  He went to the back of the room and sat with John rubbing his tummy and saying, ‘bad food.’  What an empathetic little soul."

3. He is the world's best sleeper. In the fifteen months that he has been home with us, not once has he woken up in the middle of the night. He falls asleep very quickly, and he sleeps through the night. Every night. And thank heavens for that considering that our little girl is just the opposite. Impossible to get to sleep, and awake by 1 AM. Every night.  
He does, however, flop around quite a bit in the night. These pictures were taken within a one hour time frame:

4. He has an obsession with wearing fake glasses. We have been through several options, but the best so far have been a pair of goggle-like glasses that came with a superhero costume that a friend of mine let me borrow to try to entice him to play in his soccer game. (He only wanted to play wearing glasses). Now he wears them every day, everywhere. 

 On bike rides

In floor seats at the Rockets game


And of course, to sleep

Another favorite pair

5. His favorite thing in the world to do is take pictures. I really think he might be some genius photographer one day. 

6. He also has an obsession with ties, vests, suspenders, and basically all accessories. I am on the hunt for a man-purse or a European carryall, much like Jerry Seinfeld's.

Archie is definitely my fancy boy. 

7. He has become an incredibly picky eater. When he first came home he would put anything into his mouth. He was desperate to get his hands on food. He always cleaned his plate-- including veggies. Now, it is a total battle to get him to eat anything green. His breakfast of choice is a bunch of turkey slices and a string cheese. Tonight, I made some ground turkey and put some tiny diced veggies in it, and he spit out every bite that had anything other than the turkey in it . I have never had to worry about having a picky eater...Ace is an awesome eater, and would actually choose green beans over a cookie. Now I am finding myself being one of those moms trying to hide the veggies in stuff. 

8. The boy can seriously dance. Seriously.

He just started a dance class. And he is obsessed. A dance center nearby started a class for kids with Down syndrome. It is right up his alley. 
And Ace started a class too. When she found out Archie was starting dance she said to me, "Mom, maybe they have a dance class for kids what don't have Down syndrome and what was born from their mommy's tummies." I told her I was sure they did. Of course they had to get matching outfits. 

9. He is the world's greatest cuddler. He also loves to give me kisses and I love to get them.

10. He brightens the lives of everyone he meets. His smile and laugh are truly infectious. It is impossible not to fall in love with this boy. I got an email the other day- the subject: "Thank you for blessing us with Archie". 

Down syndrome truly is a blessing. I don't know how else to put it. I know for some people that is hard to understand. Does raising a child with Down syndrome come with its unique challenges? Absolutely. But then again raising a super smart, sassy, stubborn little girl comes with its unique challenges too. 

We are just so thankful to have Archie and his extra chromosome in our family!

Lots of Love!


Hi, I'm Alysha -But you can call me Lysh said...

Talk about God building a perfect family! I can't imagine Archie not being an Eicher, seriously...Loved this post about your awesome Archie :)

Kelly said...

Love, love, love Lisa!! Archie is a total gem.

Molly said...

I love this! He's so clearly ARCHIE regardless of # of chromosomes!

Unknown said...

It's normal for kids to become fussy eaters. Believe me, there's always chasing inside the house for those who don't eat their vegetables. Anyhow, Archie is really a bright kid. Anyone can see it from his eyes.

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