Sometimes I Forget ~ Never Underestimate

Sometimes I Forget ~ Never Underestimate

So early this morning I woke up at 3:00 and could
not go back to sleep. I began thinking about my Charlie girl.  Of course I feel compelled to share with you
what has been going on this past year with our little muffin. 
Last year was a big year of transition
for us as we moved from a birth to 3 “Help Me Grow Program” into
Pre-school.  Our experience with “Help me Grow” was amazing and we loved all of our intervention helpers, especially Ms. Heather. 
This momma was a nervous
wreck making that transition.
  Charlie is
very shy and has only been with Ms. Chris her sitter (aka our newest family
member) since she was born.
  We knew she
needed to be with other kids but I wasn’t sure how it would go.
  Of course we had the most perfect teacher for
her, Ms. Maryann.
  She was my daughter
Mollie’s preschool teacher.
  She sings,
dances, and plays, so we knew she was a perfect fit for our girl.

First day of school with Ms. Maryann
Let me tell you, it took three days and
little Charlie was waving off Ms. Chris and heading into school like a rock
star.  I couldn’t believe it at first.
Then I reminded myself to “QUIT UNDERESTIMATING THIS CHILD”!
Her year in preschool was
exceptional.  She went from saying one
word labels to longer phrases.  She is
more social when meeting strangers and her academic growth was AMAZING. 
BRAG ALERT: She is three and can count to
13, Identify her name, Identify most letters in her name mixed up and can
identify numbers 0-10 out of order.  
Of course I’m sure most typical children
can do all these things too ~ Confession: I have never been good at keeping
track of milestones.  When I had the
triplets, my BFF, who had the same age twins, always kept me on track. 
Although these academic things are
exciting, they are truly insignificant in the whole picture.  As I tell my first graders, we are all at
different levels.  The important thing to
know is that we all want to reach a goal eventually.  Once that goal is accomplished you can own
it.  It really doesn’t matter how long it
takes you to get there.
What I do want to share is how this child
teaches our family to never underestimate her! 
You see, sometimes I forget she has Down Syndrome and that
ok.  It is something she has but truly
does not define who she is. 
Everyday this child does something that
makes Brian and I look at each other in disbelief.  It is DAILY that she reminds us how amazing
she is.

(By the way, she has the BEST daddy ever!  He plays with her, reads her books, sings, and dances with her. She also loves her daddy to put her to bed.)
This past year our family had a birthday
party at a skating rink. I told Brian I was going to stay home, that it would
probably be boring for Charlie.  We
thought it over and I decided to go. 
When we got there her Grandma asked if she wanted to put skates on.  I looked at her like she was crazy.  Of course Charlie said yes.  That little stinker skated around that rink
“with assistance” over 8 times.  Those
skates were so heavy but she didn’t care, she was doing what her sisters and
brothers were doing.  I was so MAD at
myself when I got home. 

Grandma & Charlie

This summer we decided to potty train
her.  The child sings the entire potty
song, spells potty, wants her diaper changed immediately, so why not.  I literally thought it would be all summer
long just getting into the routine.  Not
this child!  By day 2 she was getting the
hang of it.  Not to say we haven’t had a
few accidents here or there but it was WAY easier than I had imagined it would
So as I laid in bed last night I was
thinking of these milestones we made this year. 
Most importantly, the lessons she has taught me and our family. 

Sure no one wakes up and wishes their
child be born with Down Syndrome. However, I wouldn’t change her for the
world.  I’m forever grateful for this
“little surprise blessing” and all the things she has brought to our family.
She teaches me everyday to never underestimate her! 

A BLAST from the past year…
First Hair Cut

Sesame Street Halloween

We can never get everyone looking at the camera..

Charlie’s Fan Club… Mollie, Hunter, Nate, Maddie, Haley & Hannah
Christmas Morning
Silly Picture
“Beary Special” Valentine Cards

Trip to Mexico~ She wanted her face painted: MOM WAS SHOCKED

My Easter Bunny

Just because I LOVE this picture.

Charlie’s two favorite people Jake & Ellie
Thanks for reading about our journey!



  • Charlie is an inspiration to us all and so lucky to have such amazing parents and family. We love you all!

  • Thank you for sharing! I have a little one with DS too- he is now 4-. Just a couple weeks ago I realized he was recognizing words- especially ones he was commonly seeing at school, like "I want milk." I couldn't believe it! Thank you for sharing your experience. I haven't yet faced the potty training challenge, he is probably more ready than I am-. Thank you for your inspiration!

  • I loved reading this so much. Our son, Joe has D.s. and at 15, was Toto, a munchkin and a monkey in the Wizard of Oz. He actually was potty trained the day before first grade, but he also started reading sight words then too. Everyone is so unique and ready at different times for life. He is our little love and everyone's personal FAN. He opens people's hearts and invites them to love his imperfection and at the same time, teaches them to love their own.


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I’m Megan, a first grade teacher and a mother to 7 amazing children. I love to create and collaborate with teachers. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, baking and playing tennis.

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