Archive for December, 2010

Inspiration Thread

December 21, 2010 in Emotions, Future

Moms over at CafeMom’s Down syndrome group started a thread on inspirational stories, poems, or quotes connected with Down syndrome or special needs.  Exeprienced parents, will you share the inspirational items that have given you insight over the years or have summed up your experiences?  Expectant moms, have you already found something that gives you hope?

“What I Know” by an expectant mom

December 10, 2010 in Diagnosis, Emotions

The following was written by Junita, one of our expectant moms, this week:

My doom and gloom feeling is fading.  I read an amazing book What I Thought I Knew by Alice Eve Cohen.  The author writes about her high-risk pregnancy (undiagnosed until 6 months!)  Following her fashion to sum up the events of each month, this is my list:

What I Know

1.     I am 20 weeks pregnant.

2.     I am having a girl.

3.     I am having a baby that has Down syndrome.

4.     I have no idea what her diagnosis really means.

5.     I feel like I have already let my daughter down.

6.    Because she has Down syndrome, she is unlikely to be consumed by the addiction gene that runs rampant in my family.

7.     I have gestational diabetes.

8.     I have finally stopped throwing up on a regular basis.

9.     I am developing an addiction to avocados and will make avocado cheesecake this weekend.

10.  I have irrational fears that our baby girl will require complete organ transplants at birth.

11.  I love and adore my husband.

12.  My teenager makes me mental.

13.  My 2 year old asked me to call Santa to tell him he didn’t feel good (explaining his poor behavior).

14.  I can’t wait to hold my baby girl.

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