Thursday, March 25, 2010




What is it about having a baby that all of a sudden makes you have so much more to say? I have never felt the need to blog before, but all of a sudden I have this beautiful baby with so much going on in her short little life so far that I want to have an outlet with which to share all of this with my family and friends. Addison Lynnette Smith was born on February 6,2010. We had faced this birth with the normal amount of excitement and anticipation of any two people about to become parents for the first time, but there was also an element of uncertainty. You see, when I was 19 weeks pregnant with Addison, we went in for an ultrasound that would tell us if we were having a boy or a girl. You can imagine our excitement. However, while we were having the ultrasound, our doctor discovered that Addison had two cysts on the back of her neck. Of course we were immediately freaking out (by we, I mean me. Aaron was a rock the whole time). Amy (our doctor) said it was probably nothing, but that we should get another ultrasound at the high risk center at Fletcher Allen hospital. This happened on a Thursday and our High risk appointment wasn't until Monday, so that was a very, very long weekend full of tears and wondering. Anyway, long story short, after more ultrasounds and a very scary amnio, we were told by a doctor with an extremely depressing voice that our daughter has Down Syndrome. What a scary label for a daughter that we hadn't even met yet. What followed was four more months of a very hard pregnancy as at first we prayed that the doctors were wrong, and then finally we got to the point that we prayed that she would survive and that we would be the best parents possible to this gift that God was sending to us.
All of this to say- the most beautiful baby imaginable was born to us Feb 6, 2010. Yes, she does have Down Syndrome, but she is our beautiful baby first. Even though we have only had her 7 weeks, we can't imagine life without her. She is such a joy! I think you would be hard pressed to find a baby that is loved more. Aaron is such a wonderful father- reading her books every night in the NICU and being such a huge help now that she is home. I have just a few short more weeks before I have to go back to work, but I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy every minute with my new baby. She spent five weeks in the NICU, struggling with various physical things- but is now home!!! She is still on oxygen (which presents an entirely new challenge to new parenting) and has a doctor's appointment almost every day (it seems at least), but she is doing great! Anyway, this is a super long first post, but I needed to lay a little groundwork for where I am coming from especially when I post about Addison.

7 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you started a blog! It'll be so fun to keep up with you and Addison this way. She is such a beautiful baby! I know it's going to be so hard to go back to work. I'll be praying for you!

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  2. What an amazing young woman and mother you have become! You will find that this blog is not only very therapeutic for you, but also a wonderful avenue of ministry. I am so proud of you Deanna! God bless you and that beautiful, lucky to have you for a mommy, little girl of yours! -Christina

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  3. Love this post, Deanna. Brought tears to my eyes, but in a good way. You and Aaron are so blessed to have Addison and you are right - first and foremost - she is your beautiful baby girl that God graciously has "given" you two. Love all your pics as well. We'll be praying for you guys!

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  4. Love your post, Deanna! And Addison is beautiful, and perfect in every way, just as God designed her!! Congratulations to you both! I'm looking forward to reading many, many more posts about your family, and seeing more pictures of Addison!! We are praying for you!

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  5. When we become parents we have more to say and share because no matter how much someone tells you about the love for a child, you just don't comprehend it until you have your own. Everyone would tell me: you just wait until you have a child.....and they were right. I love my God and I love my husband but the love of a child is the most indescribable love I have ever known. I remember when my first was born and they put her on my stomach and the intense emotion was so immediate that I said out loud to my husband that NOW I understood the magnitude of God's love for me in that He would give his only Son to die for a wretch like me. I would give my life for this child. I will never let anyone hurt her! I loved her more than anything and yet, God loved His Son in the same way and still sacrificed Him for me.
    You have grown into a wonderful woman, wife and mother. I look forward to watching your little Addison grow up and hearing about all that the Lord is doing in your home and family and lives.

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  6. Yep, can totally relate! Our two kids provide lots of fodder for my blog, and I'm sure the baby will too. I can't wait to follow Addison's progress!

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  7. what a great idea deanna!! love reading this and seeing all the pics!!

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