Every parent knows how hard it can be to calm a crying baby. There are moments when it seems like no matter what you try, your little one just will not calm down. Diaper changes, feeding, rocking, singing, nothing seems to work!
Oakley Peterson found herself in one of those situations while looking after her neighbor’s new baby, Alek.
No matter what she did, she just couldn’t seem to get Alek to settle down and go to sleep. He was crying non-stop and Oakley was running out of her ideas, so when he son, Welles, came over and asked to hold the baby for a moment, she thought: ‘Why not?’
Welles has Down syndrome and lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah. He’s six years old and, in his mom’s own words, has always had some kind of ‘magical’ ability to connect with other people, to understand when they’re feeling down and to try and help them feel better.
Oakley once shared a story on social media of how Welles sat with his aunt when she was going through a very hard time:
At every family reunion or big dinner, he finds the person struggling. My sister was pregnant and knew her baby would pass away shortly after birth. Usually, I can’t get Welles to sit still. But he would just sit with her and hold her. He knows how to sit with someone in their grief… individuals with Down syndrome can feel other people’s emotions in a way that’s impossible for the rest of us.
Perhaps it was this unique ability that caused Welles to ask to hold baby Alek when he saw that his mom was struggling to calm him down.
Astonishingly, as soon as Oakley handed Alek over to Welles, the infant stopped crying straight away. “Alek would not calm down. Nothing I did would calm him,” explained Oakley, but within seconds of Welles holding him, the baby seemed to be totally at peace.
Luckily, we get to see it all happen, as Oakley took a short video of the scene and shared it online. It’s been viewed by people all over the globe, with many viewers calling Welles a ‘baby whisperer’.
“I sat watching… thinking yet again… man, this kid is magical,” wrote Oakley in her caption for the video, and we couldn’t agree more!
It’s a truly inspiring moment when Alek is so content and relaxed in Welles’ arms, and even when the baby’s monkey pacifier falls out of his mouth, Welles is ready to place it back. He and Alek aren’t related, but he acted like a true big brother here!
Oakley shares lots of stories, pictures, and videos about Welles and the rest of her family on her Facebook page, ‘Nothing Down About It’, showing all the wonderful aspects Welles brings into her life and the world around him.
It’s a perfect reminder that even though Down syndrome can come with some challenges, those born with this condition can be some of the most inspiring and kindhearted individuals on Earth.
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