Kelly and Olivia

Abseiling for Ups and Downs Southwest

Olivia loves Nutella sandwiches.

Hi, I’m Kelly and I have a 16-month-old daughter called Olivia. Olivia loves Nutella sandwiches, swimming, In the Night Garden and most importantly, her daddy. Olivia also happens to have Down’s Syndrome.

We had a postnatal diagnosis although we were told our daughter had a 1:65 chance of having Down’s Syndrome following our 12-week scan. My world fell apart when I was actually told, 5 days after Olivia was born, that she had Down’s Syndrome. I thought it was the worst news I could receive and I am ashamed to admit, I felt devastated.

Abseiling for Ups and Downs Southwest
Abseiling for Ups and Downs Southwest

The first few months were incredibly difficult for me, coming to terms with the news we’d received. I was afraid, I pretty much lived in fear of what the future held. As the months passed though, the haze lifted and I realised I had absolutely nothing to fear. Olivia was Olivia, my beautiful baby who I loved with every inch of my body.

Olivia never fails to make us laugh every single day. She’s still very young but she lights up any room she enters and everywhere we go she has people melting. We recently went to Dartmoor for a weekend and went to a local pub for some dinner. Olivia had the attention of every single person in that pub, just by sitting and entertaining her dad and me while eating our meals. She is literally like a people magnet and I absolutely love the way she has no idea of the power she holds over those that she meets.

Olivia attends an amazing mainstream nursery and all the staff love her and she loves them. She’s so happy to go off every morning and doesn’t give me a second glance (no offence caused!).

Although she’s small, she takes absolutely everything in her stride. I can’t even remember how many people have commented that nothing seems to phase her, it’s true. Liv loves her life, she loves to explore and she’s doing so well. I think because she’s always been nosey she’s tried her hardest to do things and she’s starting to walk. She still needs some support but I think in a month or so, she’ll be causing even more, trouble on her feet.

Abseiling for Ups and Downs Southwest
Abseiling for Ups and Downs Southwest

She’s always one of the first babies to get involved with messy play at baby groups, she makes herself centre of attention at our weekly swimming lessons by shrieking in delight, splashing everyone and even being teacher’s helper every week for demonstrations.

I now can’t wait to see what the future holds for Olivia instead of being afraid. We’ve got a lot to look forward to!