Every parent loves to brag on their child, whether they are a baby who’s crawling or walking or even if they are older and learning how to drive. If you’ve been a reader here for any amount of time, you know I love to brag on my Jack. It’s weird to be a mom for 17 years and have 3 teens and now, so many years later, I’m raising my two youngest and seeing everything so differently that I did the first time ‘round. I’m realizing how special their little lives are and how special each and every single thing they do it. 17 years ago, I think I took things for granted. Jack has opened up our eyes to these things too. He’s our miracle baby and he amazes us every single day. And it’s not the big stuff that amazes us, it’s the little stuff.
The Big Stuff
First of all, this big stuff. When I was just 3 months pregnant, we found out that Jack would be born with Down Syndrome and at the very same time we found out he had quite a few congenital heart defects and Ventriculomegaly (water on the brain) and was going to require at least one open heart surgery, if not two – just for his little heart. My last echocardiogram on his heart was two days before he was born and even though that ultrasound still showed his defected little heart – he was born two days later and a month prematurely – perfectly healthy. His heart was perfect and his brain was perfect.
The Little Stuff
Then the little stuff. Jack was born a month early so naturally, he was delayed. He also has Down Syndrome so he has lots of delays concerning his physical development, his speech, his feeding, his mental development. When we see Jack change and grow, it’s really amazing. We love seeing him do things each and every day that he didn’t do the week before. And it’s these little things that makes him extraordinary! It’s the little stuff like rocking him to sleep every night and singing songs that make him giggle that make Jack extraordinary.
Extraordinary Care for Your Extraordinary Kid from Stanford Children’s Health
Jack is extraordinary just like your children are extraordinary and Stanford Children’s Healthy and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital think so too. They are the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women who are committed to providing extraordinary care for healthier happy lives. Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade.
About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was the vision of Lucile Salter Packard, our generous founding donor and visionary for children’s health. Her dream was simple: to nurture both the body and soul of every child. She believed in the power of nature as an important part of the healing process. She wanted kids to be treated like kids — not just patients. And she believed that caring for a child meant involving the whole family. Today, Stanford Children’s Health honors that vision through our dedication in delivering innovative services and unparalleled family-centered-care.
- For more information, visit the Stanford Children’s Health website
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