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.