November 12, 2011

No love for Shamu

  Ethan has a Shamu hand puppet that I bought him when we came to Sea World in Florida when he was eight months old.

He carries that puppet everywhere he goes, even during bath time because he thinks it will perform the way he saw at Sea World or like what he has seen in the movie Free Willy. Last Thursday I took Amalia to her eye doctor and we had to wait a while because the doctor was running late. Ms. Amalia was getting cranky and I decided to take Shamu and entertain her but to my surprise she did not take it well. Amalia showed me a side I have yet not seen. She showed me fear. She was afraid of the puppet.

Once I placed the puppet in my hand and just showed her she squinted her
eyes, pouted her lips and cried. I comfort her and tried again, because I thought that it was because she was tired. NOOOO.....I just showed her Shamu and this time she yelled and pushed my hand.

 It brought a smile to my face, not because I am a mean mom or want to torture my child its because she is afraid of something. I do not remember if I read somewhere or someone told me, children with Down Syndrome do not sense fear what so ever. The Doctor came in did her check up, by the way she probably would need another eye surgery, however I could not stop thinking of her reaction. Once we finish with the doctor I drove back home and tried again with Shamu, just because I thought this is her environment, her home that she is familiar with and BINGO, she pushed my hand away from her face and screamed. She can not see the puppet from a distance, she does not love Shamu.

I hope when she gets older, she fears strangers and not stuffed animals or hand puppets.



2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control

Hebrews 13:6

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”


  1. I always love when Brooke defies the typical DS norm...
    Like people with DS love everyone...not my baby...she's very particular with strangers...

  2. I love it how our children are proving some of the DS norm wrong.

  3. omg how freakin cute are those pictures of your daughter... love the eyes closed one the best!