Trisomy 21

‘This was an 18-month-old Caucasian little girl. ‘Do you want to move forward?’ I looked at him as he read it. The biggest smile came over his face as he wrote, ‘YES!’ 

“I told him this wasn’t a typical ‘let’s do it’ situation. They had just received information about the bio mom of the little girl, and she was pregnant. My jaw dropped. We had never considered two kids, let alone a newborn. I can’t say I was fully on board. The next month – I was pregnant.”

‘I know you said ‘no’ to terminating, but no one would blame you.’ A long needle pierced my pregnant belly.’: Military couple give birth to ‘beautiful’ Down syndrome baby, ‘she drew her first breath, our lives changed forever’

“I laid on that cold hospital bed in that dark ultrasound room, shaking from nerves. ‘Having kids is hard. Having kids with special needs is harder.’ He approached my case with absolutely no care in the world. When Brian came home on Christmas leave, we broke away from family. ‘Babe, they found things wrong with the baby.’ I had no idea how I was going to tell him. He missed it all. He had no clue.”

‘How old are you?’ I thought that was strange. ‘I’m 26,’ I told him. ‘Oh, you’re young. This could mean nothing.’: Mom says the ‘beauty far outweighs the challenges’ of daughter’s Down syndrome diagnosis

“The nurses started to really study Lucy. I could hear them say she was ‘really floppy, and was not moving her arms and legs.’ That her arms and legs would flop down to the table when the nurses would pick them up. Finally, she asked if she could speak candidly to us. I still feel those conflicting emotions every now and again, but my grateful and happy feelings far outweigh the fearful or sad ones.”

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