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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
This Baby is the Future

My son, three months old in this photo, was diagnosed with a genetic skeletal dysplasia around 28 weeks gestation. It was later confirmed, through genetic testing, that he has hypocondroplasia, a form a dwarfism, characterized by a shorter stature, short limbs and larger head. I love this photo, because while I am doing something so mundane (folding laundry), my son is still watching and observing me, with his big, bright blue, eyes. His outfit declares, "this baby is the future." I like to believe that each generation becomes more tolerant, open minded, and loving. Though my son has many "differences", he is (and will be) loved just as he is. He is our future.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Camera: iPhone 6s
Copyright: © Rachel Metcalf