Babies are unpredictable creatures that view the world completely different from us adults, and their approach to it is sometimes hilarious!
Baby Albie was born in January 2019. Before his birth, no doctor had talked to his parents about the possibility of him being born with Down Syndrome and, indeed they found out at birth in a way that, according to them, “was not at all positive”.
So, being faced with this new reality, Emma Ayers and her partner, Adam Dunville, were at first shocked and scared.
“When we sort of first had him and got the diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome,” Ayers told the BBC, “you don’t know anything about it, it’s all dead scary, but then you get to know him and there is literally nothing scary about him.”
Ayers, during her interview, explained that having a baby with Down Syndrome doesn’t really differ from having a baby without it. Albie, just like any toddler, needs attention and love and he makes his parents very happy and proud every single day.
So, one of the things Albie likes is food. According to his mom, they still haven’t found a food that he doesn’t like, and whenever it’s mealtime, he will just play with his food and have fun with it. He particularly likes pasta and he has this habit of rubbing it on his belly while eating.
His parents thought this moment was worth capturing on camera, so they took a video of him while he was playing with his spaghetti that stole everyone’s hearts online.
“It’s been lovely,” the young mother said, “I mean, it was Positive About Down Syndrome that put the video up originally, and […] it’s lovely and reading the comments it’s what we’d hope, that people […]would just think he’s really funny and messy and having fun.”
For Emma it was so important that people didn’t focus on the fact that Albie has Down Syndrome, but rather they enjoyed watching him make a mess of his meal and have fun.
In the video, the toddler looks excited to be able to touch his food and play with it. He’s really enjoying the feel of the spaghetti and tomato sauce being rubbed on his belly. And he also loves hearing his parents laugh while watching him, which makes him even more enthusiastic about his “ritual”.
Albie is a charming little boy that has a contagious smile and seems to be able to cheer up everyone around him just by giving them a look. The fact that he was born with Down Syndrome doesn’t make him any less adorable than any other toddler his age.
It is true that children born with this condition need extra help growing up in order to develop to their full potential, but speech, occupational and physical therapy should help them live a happy and fulfilling life.
Thankfully, there are organizations that can help new parents of babies with this condition feel it is not the end of the world when you give birth to a baby with Down Syndrome. It may be different from what you expected, hard at times, but seeing your little one thrive is all that really matters.
You can watch the adorable toddler in the video below.
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Baby Albie loves his spaghetti 🍝His mum Emma says it was great that the reaction focused on Albie having fun rather than his Down's Syndrome ⬇️
Posted by BBC One on Monday, March 16, 2020