KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (WBTV) - Meant to write about this fantastic spark plug of sassy-ness last week, during October, as that is Down syndrome Awareness month. I missed my own self-imposed deadline.
Then this week... well, this week was this week. So as we sit here waiting tonight for any concrete information on anything, I am going to happily spend time writing about Khailani Hillman’s personality and smile.
Khailani is now almost 3-years old. She is one of the first #MollysKids we ever featured who lives with Down syndrome. She lives in Kings Mountain, is one of six kids, and her mom recently sent this new photo.
The great news is that since we last wrote about Khailani in 2018, she has had no added medical concerns to report. She’s still receiving weekly therapy—much of it speech therapy—and, as her mom says, “She remains a joy that makes every day better.”
Down syndrome is caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21. That’s why sometimes the disorder is referred to as Trisomy 21. It’s usually associated with physical growth delays, mild-to-moderate intellectual disabilities, and characteristic facial features.
“She is working on sign language and more words with her speech therapist right now,” said her mother, Rosemond Good. “She loves dancing and the itsy-bitsy spider. She remains a fashionista.”
Back in 2018, “Baby K’s” mom said something powerful that has always stuck with me:
“She struggles developmentally, but I don’t consider her as ‘unhealthy’,” Rosemond said. “I don’t think I’d ever realized the impact strong children have on people, until I started posting her story.”
Think about how she phrased that last part. She didn’t say, “…the strong impact children have...”.
She said, “…impact strong children have...”.
In this world of heavy headlines, we sometimes just need great images of little divas in the making (her mom’s laughing description!) for a smile. Couple photos from 2018 below in comments. Thank you for the update, Rosemond.
Past post on Baby K:
Oct 2018 >> http://tinyurl.com/FBKhailaniMKs