Mom's Viral Video Showcases Joy of Having a Child With Down Syndrome

Oakley Petersen's story of her son Welles is an inspiration.

ByABC News
October 18, 2016, 11:58 AM

— -- October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and one mom's viral video is raising awareness indeed.

Oakley Peterson, mom of Welles, who has Down syndrome, worked with's #StrongLikeYou series to create a video telling the story of Welles' birth and the joy he brings to his family. The video has been viewed more than 1 million times on Facebook alone since it was posted Sunday. shared the video with ABC News.

Peterson also writes the blog Nothing Down About It. On it, she wrote, "Every time [the filmmakers] sent me the latest edits, my heart re-opens the flood door and all of emotions rush back like a tidal wave. And I am so happy to have this video forever. I never want to forget those early days, even if they bring a touch of guilt for the heaviness that I felt."