Thursday, April 23, 2009

Don't assume my son won't be able to!


I forgot to mention that Logan went to the dentist last week for the first time. Logan's dentist is a wonderful person, and we go to him specifically because we trust him to do a great job for our family, but he made some assumptions about Logan. When I went to him for a visit very shortly after Logan was born, he basically told me that he would try to treat Logan, but he felt that Logan would probably need to go to a hospital to be sedated for his dental work. At the time, I just sat there stunned since I was currently trying to deal with the diagnosis itself. It was too much to also have to think about the fact that my son would not be able to go to a regular dentist. I didn't know whether to believe him or not...it was just more bad news. Last week, I went into the appointment very optimistic that Logan would prove the dentist wrong...and of course, HE DID! Logan sat very still for him (he was on my lap) and let the dentist check out all of his teeth. When we were done, the dentist seemed shocked that it went so well and he said that he felt he may be able to work with Logan after all! HA!! Logan proved him to be wrong about "all kids with DS". Unfortunately, the world is a long way from getting away from generalizations about people with disabilities. I want everyone to know that they are NOT all a like and can NOT be under estimated!

I also want to mention something very sad, but exciting at the same time. The Adoption Awareness Program in Down Syndrome Association of Cincinnati has contacted our local DS support groups to let us know that they have TWELVE birth families currently trying to make an adoption plan for their pre-born babies. This is a good problem but they are hoping to have several potential adoptive families to present as possibilities. Let me know if you may be interested and I can send you more information.


And finally, here are some pictures of Logan. Could this boy get any cuter?!! Looking at him makes me so sad to think that there are families out there that are giving up there precious babies. Maybe some of those families will change there minds...but, at least these babies are not being aborted.


Just look at those beautiful teeth!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

He is just the cutest! Way to go Logan..way to prove them wrong :)

Melissa

Laurie said...

I just have to give HUGE props to Logan and his successful dentist visit! With the way Chase fights me at every toothbrushing occasion, I can only imagine what it would be like at the dentist office. Even Ian wouldn't open his mouth for the dentist at 2!!

You SHOW him, Logan!!!!!

RK said...

That is GREAT that he did so well. We are dealing with how to handle this right now. Braska will never let someone in her mouth for any reason, so we will have to go to the sedated route, and I hate that it's that way. But I also don't want to sacrifice her teeth by waiting for her to come around about her oral issues. I hope some day she does as well as Mr. Logan!!!

Heidi said...

Logan is so sweet! Good job at the dentist Logan! Joel will be going to the dentist in a few months for the first time. I am a bit nervous about it - he loves to bite things - fingers especially!

rebecca said...

My goodness these are some amazing photos!! What a handsome guy you have.

Cammie Heflin said...

He is beautiful!

Linda said...

Um, no. He couldn't be any cuter. I have a question about the adoptions- I keep seeing on people's blogs and on Facebook that there are 12 babies waiting to be adopted. I read somewhere that there is a long waiting list in the US of people waiting to adopt babies with DS. Is this not true? It seems that if it were true these kids would already be spoken for. Is there any way to find out for sure? I'm not sure if we would be able to adopt- we would love to- but because of our age I'm not sure it's possible.

Nanny Cyndi said...

What a precious child !
Good job at the dentist too !
You go Logan !

Pallavi said...

He looks so cute.
Can i take him Home :)

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

Wow! That Logan is so cute - I enjoy looking at those beautiful photos of him (I keep thinking of him with Violette in Boston and hoping it is the face of my future son in law, LOL!)

Just an FYI about the Adoption - there is a wait list of people ready to get a child who has DS in Cincinnati, but they try as much as possible to honor the birth family's wishes - so there may be 12 people looking for very specific types of people to place their kids with - for instance African American, or families in Florida, or things like that. HTH's