Don't ask me how, but SOME HOW I forgot to mention the most important part of our doctor visit with the endocrinologist. No, not her lab results. And no, not the way the intern asked in her pensive voice if we had seen the cardiologist recently after listening to Chloe's heart (DON'T do that to me lady!). No, not that we don't have to come back for a whole other 7 months! The most important thing that I forgot to mention was the way Chloe captivated the ENTIRE packed waiting room while we waited for our appointment.
As we sat in the perfectly quiet waiting room Chloe began to "speak" and wave her hands the way many children with Down syndrome seem to do. I don't know what it is, but I see so many characteristics in her movements that I have seen in so many other children with Down syndrome. That FACINATES me. Truly. What is it about that one extra chromosome that causes things like movement to be so similar. Have I mentioned I'm an early interventionist? So yes, these things particularly facinate me. Anyway, there I was, sitting in this QUIET room thinking to myself, "oh, not now Chloe". I didn't WANT everyone looking at us and smiling. At this age we rarely get weird glances. More adoring smiles. I just wasn't in the mood to be a part of what was about to become the center of attention. Then the magic happens and I don't know what it is exactly, but Chloe had not only me smiling away and forgetting about my worries (stupid selfish worries), but even the woman sitting across from me with the type of scowl that left lines in her face. I mean how can you NOT join in when you see that kind of innocence and pure joy just sitting there in front of you talking jibberish to everyone there and laughing at her own silliness. I defy you to resist it.