I've been really busy lately so I haven't had a chance to blog much but I wanted to share what I've been up too! More details soon!
i hope to do some more in depth blogging soon about what's up but this is what I've been doing lately Peace and Love everyone!
Katie and her little man!
Down Syndrome Love- A collaboration.
A few weeks ago I had the immense privilege of coming
across a facebook page in my news feed, titled: Down Syndrome Love. This incredible page brings together parents of children with Down Syndrome, shares stories of beauty, hope, and support for all families. This is a page for more than those with Down’s children blessing their families, it’s a page that can educate and bring people together. I have been given the immense privilege and pleasure of getting to interview the administrator and creator of the page.
Meet Katie and her family:
Katie has been married (to the man of her dreams) Brett for almost fifteen wonderful years. She is a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom and “Wrapoloigst” with It Works! Global. Her wonderful husband wears the “badge”proudly as a police officer serving his
community. “We live in a NW suburb of Houston Texas with four totally and dramatically different children.” While they live in the city they crave the softer country life; the quiet and peace of having a sanctuary, “One day, one day soon!” She says.
Their oldest son is 14 and is starting his freshman year of high school
this year. “He’s an out of the box thinker and quite quirky! You find yourself lost with most of what he says because he is so brilliant, so I
nod a lot,” says Katie. Their second child and their only girl will be twelve in September. “She is the second mommy around our house and the best helper I could ever ask for.” She’s a straight A student and plays select softball and is a favorite shopping buddy to her mom.
“We thought we were done after those two, but decided way later to add another and that is where my little spit fire three year old son comes into play. He’s stubborn as the day is long, 110% all boy, and the strongest willed little thing you will ever meet.” Despite being a “Little Spit Fire” he is also described as the best snuggler and melts hearts with just a smile. “Of course after number three we said, ‘What’s one more?!?!’ Sweet little number four is our special little miracle that came with a little something extra. He’s super silly, can be lazy, has the cutest sly look, and gives the best hold-your-face kisses, and will love you forever.
I work in a residential care facility providing assistance for those with intellectual disabilities. Working with these incredible people has changed my life and has taught me so much about what it means to be human. As a parent myself, I understand that you want the absolute most for your child, understanding that those with “a little something extra” is in fact a beautiful thing, I have not myself been faced with it in my own family. My understanding of how it affects a family is therefore limited. Katie
describes her reaction to their diagnosis in her own words here:
“First and foremost, this sweet baby boy was a gift from God and our baby no matter what. When we were notified that our quad-screen came back elevated and “at risk”, we were offered an amino (Amniocentesis Test- See Below), but we refused. Down syndrome or not, an amino carried a risk of miscarriage. It was not worth curing my curiosity to know what I would eventually know in a couple of months.
Good thing that we had an amazing Christian doctor who was 100% behind our decision and agreed, so he did make us aware that there was a non-invasive option with a Level II ultrasound. He said that he would send us to a specialist and they would do a very detailed and long scan and should be able to tell from their findings. All we were concerned about was his health, which was mainly his heart. First thing that came to mind when I heard the possibility of Down syndrome was the heart problems and babies going through heart surgery at such a young age. Once we saw
that his heart was just fine, that was that.
We still needed to prepare for the arrival of a new baby just like we did
the other three times and knowing that all in all he was healthy was all that mattered. Down syndrome was just something that would be; no matter what I did from there. Honestly, God tells me a lot of things, and my husband can attest to it and He told me that my sweet boy had Down syndrome. More than any percentage a doctor could give me.”
Amniocentesis is a prenatal test in which a small amount of amniotic
fluid is removed from the sac surrounding the fetus for testing. For further information on what this test is, see here: http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/amniocentesis
All my crazy ramblings!