Parenthood
Baby with Down Syndrome shows off ‘new smile’ in adoptive mom’s video
Her smile is so precious and it just keeps getting cuter and cuter. Mom's really going to cherish this video. So will the 19 million other people who've watched it.
Cherie Gozon
11.24.21

A baby’s smile.

Is there anything so pure?

The joy on their faces makes all the sleepless nights and all parenting stress worthwhile. This is more rewarding for parents raising kids with special needs.

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It’s not easy to raise children with special needs, but they all come as a blessing.

A parent couldn’t ask for more love.

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Often misunderstood, their little antics and quirks are what give giggles and joy to their parents. And their every milestone? Definitely a parent’s happiness.

Every little moment with them is precious, even if they simply smile or laugh.

This mom captured the sweetest moment.

It was with her adoptive child, referred to as Baby H in her post.

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Facebook Screenshot|National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

She shared that they recently noticed her sweet little girl giving out this cheesy smile. Baby H did this smile several times, and they loved how she was giving this new cheesy grin.

Her mother has been on the watch for it.

Baby H woke up one morning and flashed this beautiful smile again.

This time mom was ready.

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Facebook Screenshot|National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

From the way she talks in the background, you can tell mom’s loving every second of it. She also shared that her baby learned to flash this smile on cue.

You can hear her ask Baby H to show her that smile, and she doesn’t disappoint.

Mom and baby relish every moment.

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Facebook Screenshot|National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

It seemed like she loved the attention and the fact that she made her mommy smile. She kept flashing that new smile as her mom reacted joyfully.

Her mother also said that she only showed this smile for a couple of weeks, so they consider this video as their treasure.

She was 8-months-old in the video.

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Facebook Screenshot|National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

Her mother had recently adopted her through National Down Syndrome Adoption Network, and she’s been spreading joy already.

Her video has over 19 million views.

The director of NDSA Network, Stephanie Thompson, knew of Baby H but have only seen her face now.

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Facebook Screenshot|National Down Syndrome Adoption Network

She admits that she knows the names and conditions of the babies in their network yet has barely met them.

As the director, she’s responsible for guiding and educating would-be parents of their babies up for adoption. She’s glad that through the video, she finally got to associate a face to the name.

Breaking all the molds

Baby H’s mother wants people to break the stigma against children with down syndrome.

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“We hope that all the viewers will see the beauty that lies in people with Down Syndrome. Although a Down Syndrome diagnosis can be scary, the reality is that your child has a purpose and will be able to live a full and happy life,” she told Daily Mail.

Her words speak volumes.

Especially for those who discriminate against people with Down Syndrome.

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Researchers found that more than 57% of children with disabilities or special needs (including those with Down Syndrome) are bullied in schools and communities.

Shedding a positive light on children like Baby H can help change the prejudice in our society, and her lovely smile reminds us that they are jewels that deserve to be treasured.

Watch Baby H flash mom her new smile below!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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