Heart

When we finally sat with the doctor, we were like two teenage kids, footloose and fancy free….not prepared for what she had to say. After inquiring about our knowledge of our baby’s possible heart defect, she allowed me to describe in layman’s terms what we understood. She then turned her computer screen toward us and typed in AVSD. I recognized the acronym from a Facebook group I’m in, where families of children with Down Syndrome and heart defects share their stories. I knew immediately, this was worse than originally thought.

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Diagnosis

The next day we drove back to Spokane for the scan and a chat with Tanya. I felt the emotions of the day brimming at my eyelids as we drove and talked. When a good friend had called me a couple years ago to tell me he had ‘just the guy’ for me, he described […]

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Results

As promised, Tanya called me back on Tuesday. Her call came late in the afternoon and Russ was home. I handed Madeleine to him as I glanced at the familiar number on my phone and I perched on the couch, looking out the window. I half wished I’d grabbed our calendar to remove the guesswork […]

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Birthdays

The statistics of risks associated with maternal age, do not communicate this same enthusiasm for baby endeavors. At 35 years old, a woman steps into a world where the numbers begin to tumble and risk of having children with chromosomal abnormality climbs. Although pregnancy is trending higher among 30+ women…we are considered ‘advanced maternal age’.

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Clearblue

In January, one week before my 36th birthday, we found out that our little one is being ‘knit together’ with an extra 21st chromosome, also known as Down Syndrome. We have experienced all the ‘feels’ as we’ve received this diagnosis and adjusted our expectations to this reality. There are many unknowns ahead, but we are certain of this- that God who began a beautiful, good and perfect work in us…..is faithful to complete it in HIS way, for our best.

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