When we took Amina to the Williams Clinic at CHOP, I asked Dr. Kaplan if she thought Amina had the typical William's Syndrome facial features and she said Yes! Which is how she was able to pick Amina out of the waiting room of 4 or 5 kids. She said that Amina has the puffy eyelids, chubby cheeks, flared eyebrows, small upturned nose and full lips. I'm thinking, "flared eyebrows? what are you talking about lady?" But I'm also thinking, those are all the things that make her adorable, but what do I know?
I hope it's not illegal to use another kids picture on my blog, but anyway, when I was first looking up Williams' Syndrome, and I found this picture, I almost fainted because I thought she looked so much like Amina:
It has been really interesting to me, talking to other parents and reading other parents' blogs about their children with Williams. Its also amazing how these kids look like each other, but still look like their parents. I'm finding genetics really interesting these days and wishing that I had paid more attention to Mrs. Bratspir in high school biology. I read on one website that the older the kids get, the more pronounced their Williams facial characteristics become. I'm anxious to see how she changes as she gets older.
This weekend we are going on a trip with other families with kids with Williams. I wonder how I will feel with a group full of little kids that look similar to Amina. Will it feel weird? Or maybe it will feel comfortable, like when you go to a family reunion and see long lost relatives. I don't know but I'll keep you posted.
**(title of post taken from a quote from another parent on Williams Syndrome listserv)