We recently welcomed a new baby girl into our family...five minutes after she was born, we learned she may have down syndrome. I started a blog to share our story. If you like it, please join it. Thank you!!
Bless you and your family! Congrats on your sweet angel.
What a touching story! She is truly a blessing.
When my son was born he spent his first 3 weeks in the NICU. His blood couldn't send oxygen to his body because of his lung deficiency. I was told by specialists that he wasn't meant to be here but he lived. By the time he was 18 months old, he had been termed 'autistic' and had many delays. I mourned for him. I mourned the loss of the 'normal' child I would never have. By the time he started kindergarten it was apparent that he was not like the other kids. He was eccentric and what mattered in a class lesson didn't matter to my son. The team of specialists came in to assess him. It took months.
When they were done and their findings showed 'Asperger's' I was asked by one of the diagnosticians what I would have done if when Connor was born and the nurse handed him to me and said "Here is your autistic child, raise him." What would I have done differently? I told her "Nothing." She smiled and said "Exactly. I don't know how you did it but that little boy is going to have a far better start in school than many realize." So I pushed Connor academically. It's been a long road for us. His mind does not work the way other kid's minds do.
He is in 3rd grade now and finally can read as of last year. After being told of all the things Connor couldn't do he was again, proving them wrong. His last report card was A's and B's. For a child who was born with the odds against him, everyone telling him he can't or won't, he's been the one to show them he can and does.
God does not put more on us than we can handle. There are some days I wish God didn't trust me so much but know this, you didn't pick Augusta. She was picked for you by God. God sees something so divinely special in Augusta that only you can be sure she'll thrive. It's taken me many years to realize that God does not make mistakes and He loves variety. Connor has taught me so much. It's through him that I have learned to live spherically, in all directions. I imagine your daughter will show you how to do this too. I can't wait to see pictures of her.
Congratulations of the birth of your special angel!
You are such a strong mom! I hope you join the special needs board as well as find a respectable support group or even online board once you have time. It helped me a million times over when we were going through DD's hardest times with her condition!
Thank you so much for sharing you blog!
Also you never mentioned if you had ever had any of the DS tests done during your pregnancy?
Have you read Kelle Hampton's blog, Enjoying the Small Things? I think you would enjoy it.
She is an adorable baby!
I second Kelle's blog- I think you'll find it a great resource. She is a great writer:
She's also an awesome photographer!
congratulations on your perfect and beautiful baby girl she will be the sweetest and most loving person you could ever imagine.