Meet Bella who is three-years-old. We asked her mum Jessica a few questions about Bella’s life.
Tell us a little bit about Bella’s life.
Bella has a fairly normal life, she has only ever been hospitalised once in her life. She is generally in good health. She loves life and she makes a mark on everyone who meets her.
Bella has a brother and sister who adore her and she attends a mainstream playgroup five mornings a week. And a Saturday morning ballet class.
What does Bella like doing?
Bella loves to dance and sing. She loves playing outside, going on the slide, splashing in puddles.
And she absolutely loves eating.
What are Bella’s dislikes?
Bella doesn’t like unfamiliarity in any form, she likes to know where she is and who she’s with. She doesn’t like busy, loud and overcrowded places.
Could you tell us a bit more about family life?
We have quite a typical family life, my husband and I have three children, he works full time and the children are in school.
If at all, how has Bella had to adapt to life during the pandemic?
It wasn’t too different for Bella really. As during the pandemic she would have only been at playgroup one morning a week so she wasn’t missing loads of time there.
She enjoyed having daddy home every day.
Bella’s Instagram page has more than 11,000 followers. Why did you set up the page and what do you wish to achieve from it?
We set up the page initially due to Bella being with a modeling agency who recommended it. Bella has since left that agency and I wanted to turn it into a place where we can advocate. There is so much negativity out there about Down’s syndrome, I want to show the world it’s not negative at all. It’s actually quite beautiful.
What are your hopes for Bella’s future?
I hope Bella will believe she can do whatever she sets her mind to do. And I will fully support whatever she decides to do with her life.
Anything else you’d like to add?
All we want for our children is to be accepted and included, and when you have a child with a disability that makes it slightly harder. Yes, there’s a development delay and maybe a communication barrier but all Bella wants is to be treated like everyone else.