Kerry and Brady came to visit yesterday. Kerry is the nearest mom I know who has a child with Williams syndrome closest in age to Clare. Brady is 21 months old, so only 6 months younger than Clare and just as cute as can be! We all fell in love with Brady instantly. Clare and Jamie wanted to hug and sit next to him. Jamie kept running upstairs to Clare's room to bring down different toys for Brady. Clare scooted herself right up into Brady's face as close as she could get and chatted at him. She hugged him, touched his face, and tried to say, "Brady." The kids definitely enjoyed having Brady visit for a few hours.
For my part (and Shawn's, who joined us for lunch), it was awesome getting to chat with Kerry. Just to have someone to talk to who understands all we have gone through. Brady's heart defects are not as serious as Clare's, but he has had other medical issues, such as hernias, eye problems (note the adorable glasses!), and orthopedic issues. To be able to use phrases such as OT, PT, IFSP, WS, etc. in conversation and not have to explain everything was such a change. Kerry and Brady recently returned from their trip to see the Williams syndrome expert in Louisville so I picked her brain about the trip (and Clare is now scheduled to see Dr. Mervis herself in mid-November).
Maybe it's wishful thinking, but Shawn and I both agreed that Clare seemed to connect with Brady. She is around other kids frequently and enjoys being in their company, but Clare was fascinated with Brady. It was different than how she is with other children. I doubt if she actually understands that Brady is more like her in many ways than her own brother is, but there was something about Brady that Clare loved. She couldn't get enough of him!
Thanks for coming up, Kerry and Brady! We can't wait to come down to see you.