8. He Will Exceed Your Expectations
When we were in the hospital, the neonatologist told me that Wyatt had low muscle tone. I knew from researching Down syndrome that low muscle tone was to be expected. I didn’t worry about it too much — sure, he might take a little longer to reach some physical milestones, but that’s what therapy’s for. He’ll get there on his own time.
Cue the next week, when Wyatt stunned me by rolling over within the first week of being born. At first I thought it was just an accident, but he kept rolling and rolling. Then, a few weeks later, he rolled over the other way. This wasn’t just advanced for a baby with Down syndrome, this was advanced for any baby.
My low expectations collapsed. And the funny thing is, I didn’t even realize that I had such low expectations. Just remember that even though you might have a baby with a disability, that doesn’t mean they won’t constantly find ways to surprise you and go above and beyond what you expect from them.