I have read what each of you have said and I think it is so wonderful that each of you mom's love and adore your children the way that you do! No doubt they will face hardships different from most children, and it is such a blessing that they have you to support them.
I would like to know if any of you knew if your baby had down syndrome before they were born - like via testing or an ultrasound - or if you were surprised with it at birth...
Also I always hear it has to do with the mother's age - older women have a higher risk. Do you find that is true?
hi im 23 and i have research it after i had him and with the grow numbers of younger moms the studies r changing on older women being more at risk my dr says he didnt know b4 he was born looking back i think he knew something was wrong i didnt have any test done bc i have two healthy older children and the dr never said we should do one but he did do alot of ultrasounds and i was under close observaion ofcourse i also had high blood pressure well soo i have my doubt on the dr but thats for another day but i do have to say that i saw something diff in the pict and forgot to ask when i was with the dr and he kicked different like it wasnt as hard and it would be three or four kicks close together like a twitch and then nothing for awhile i dont know thats the beest way i can explain it yes i was very shocked when i saw him i saw it with out dr saying anything i still sometimes cant beleive it dont get me wrong i see the blessing but there are days were i ask my slef when am i going to wake up from this dream and all i can do is hold back the tears its hard but there are far more good days and all i do is smile and think wow is this y im here
Hi, I was 20 and my husband was 21 when our son Henri was born in August of last year. I found out our son had downsyndrome when I was 21 weeks pregnant while my husband was out to sea. I had an amnio done at 19 weeks because my first ultrasound (at 15 weeks) showed two "flags" for DS. his pinky fingers were short and his neck was measuring a little thick. my dr left the decision to get the test done up to me and i went with it so that i could see several better drs in jax and deliver at a better hospital too. now he's almost eleven months old and i thank God for him everyday and his health (our son's never been sick, not even a cold and has no heart, thyroid or other issues so far) he's working on the crawling right now but is mostly rolling around. and also, i've met a lot of other moms who have babies with downsyndrome and they're all under the age 25.
hi, I'm a mother of 4. 3 girls ages 25,24, and 4. I have 1 son 21 and he has down syndrome. All my children are gifts and i thank god everyday for each one.
All of you new moms of down syndrome babbies have so much to look forward too.
Everyday he does something to make me smile. The other day i came home from work to a clean house and he made dinner. (with alittle help from big sis)He always cleans the house, but dinner was something new .
I'm also a "new Mom" (we don't use the term step-mom) to an awesome 25 yr old DD, Codie. She too has Down's Syndrome and I love her to pieces!! Codie is the most awesome DD, big sister, and friend, anyone could ask for. She "loves her baby sister" Melly, and she tells her all the time (with big sister kisses too).
Needless to say, her 21 month old "baby sister" is the typical 'wild child'. She's easily excited, very busy, and can be quite aggressive. However... I had no idea how well-behaved, calm, and extremely gentle she could be, until I see her interact with Codie. Watching them together has brought me to tears. The love and kindness is so pure it touches the heart.
My new DD sets a fine example for anyone she interacts with. I am proud to be her new Mom. She is a blessing in every way.
She is also beautiful, independent, reliable, hard working, eager to please, and a fantastic shopper. She never let's me forget one thing on my list, and she hasn't missed a day of work at her part-time job in more than 5 years. She likes to keep to her schedule (ya gotta respect a girl who knows what she wants)! she loves country music more than anyone I've ever met, and she is just a joy to be with. She's my "cool chickie"!
hi, some of you are worried about other kids picking on your child with downs. My son is 21 and went to regular school with kids his own age. He went on the bus. He was teased sometimes. But never bullied. The kids always looked out for him. They were so amazed because they thought he was so different, but they found out he wasn't as different after all. At his high school graduration when his name was called and he walked across the stage his senior class gave him a standing O. I was so proud. He was so happy.
When my son was young all I wanted for him was what all the other kids had. I had to fight sometimes for his rights. I did not want him in sp.ed and that was a big fight that I won, or should i say my son won.He went K-12 in reg.ed. He did have an aide with him to adapt the school work.
I always made sure he was dressed in the cool clothes and had whatever hair cut that was in style. he is still so cool.
So relax and just enjoy your babbies.
thanx shelly for that story it brought me to tears just knowing that he has had a wonderful life i know im not alone but there are so many days where i feel like i am i can only pray that taylor has classmates like urs had thanx so much