Julianna’s First Crush

Bonus post for today, as it’s not a day I usually blog. But it’s the penultimate day of Down Syndrome Awareness month, and I have a story to tell.

Because my daughter is having her first movie star crush.

Mine was Luke Skywalker. Julianna’s? Julianna’s is a boy fairy.

She’s been sick this week, and so I tried to keep her asleep as long as possible this morning. When I went in and gathered her up for a morning snuggle, she whimpered and buried her face in my chest. “Mommy, I–miss–Terence!”

“Oh?” I said, smiling. “Would you like it if I came in and woke you up saying ‘Nickety knock’?”

“Yes!” she said.

Forty minutes later, as I force-fed her 10mL of amoxicillin and 2.5 mL of azithromycin, one painful mL at a time, she whimpered, “I need Terence! I want to give Terence a hug!”

Ah. First love.