What is different about life with Cop? Not much actually, compared to life with any other kid.
The differences are small, or maybe they just seem that way because we are who we are, all of us in Eisenbergia.
A day in the life goes like this: Wake Eat Therapy Sleep Eat Play Sleep Play Eat Read Books Sleep
Most of that probably sounds familiar if you have kids. Copley has an older brother Henry, and they both went through the same phases, though Cop’s phases last longer. Cop is 20 months old. He is funny, he makes jokes, he loves to laugh. He can’t walk or crawl, but he has figured out his own way to move around the house at lightning speed- usually when we forget to close the bathroom door and he sees an opportunity to play in the dog’s water bowl. He has started saying “boo” when he wants a book and “mo” when he wants more. He likes to go off by himself and play legos sometimes. He sleeps through his big brother’s bedtime foolishness. He freaking loves waffles. I make them every Sunday.
He pets the cat, he is nicer to the animals than his big brother is. Hell, he is nicer to everyone than his big brother is. He is a snuggle bug. He is a jelly bones (he has low muscle tone and loose joints). He never hesitates to let us know when he is mad. Or happy for that matter.
How has Down syndrome changed our lives? Entirely, completely, and not at all.
Would we change our lives, would we wish for a life without Down syndrome? Not for a minute.