Down syndrome from a father's perspective.

Choose To Celebrate


As you may have noticed from the new countdown clock on the homepage, it is less than a month until Treyton’s 3rd birthday.  I know it is a very cliché thing to say but I have to wonder where the time went!  I remember driving Leigh Ann to the hospital that evening; I remember when our three girls met their little brother for the first time.  Wow, the last three years have been a blur!

Having four kids is enough to keep most parents hopping.  However, when one of those kids has Down syndrome you hit hyper drive!  Although Treyton has been blessed with amazing health there are a lot more doctor visits for him than there was for any of my other kids.  The physical, occupational, and speech therapists have been replaced by group therapy twice a week.  We are trying to help Treyton with speech by getting additional therapy at The Center for Childhood Development.   There are progress reports and I.E.P. meetings to help us measure Treyton’s progress as well as identify areas that need focus.  It seems that if we are not actively involved with helping Treyton develop necessary skills we are talking about what stage he is at or looking for new techniques to try.


All of the meetings and appointments that are required when you have a child with Down syndrome make it easy to get tunnel vision; focused on the next step.  I do want to make sure I do everything possible to help Treyton develop his gifts and abilities to their fullest.  However, it is easy to begin to feel overwhelmed.  Once that happens you really do lose perspective.  Then I read a blog post at NOAHSDAD.COM.

The post is called “Today I Chose To Celebrate My Baby’s Accomplishments, Not Compare” and if you would like, you can follow this link to read the full post.  Like I said in this subtitle, the blog post was a necessary reminder.  Treyton is starting to look and act more like a little boy and less like our baby boy.  We did memorialize Treyton’s first year in a short slide show that we played at his 1st birthday party.  I uploaded it to YouTube, please take a look at it now.  One note, it originally had background music but apparently I do not have the rights to use this song.

Rob Arnold has been married to his high school sweetheart for almost 19 years. Together they have three daughters and one son. He earned his bachelor's degree in General Business from Grand Valley State University as well as an MBA in Strategic Management from Davenport University. He enjoys reading, hunting, scuba diving, and spending time with his family.