5 months ago we received some very scary news about our baby. The doctor told us we had a 1 in 10 chance that our baby would have Down syndrome. If you haven't read about that day, go here.
A few days later, the day after Christmas, that chance turned into a fact. The results from the amniocentesis showed that our baby was in fact, a boy and he in fact, had Trisomy 21. Our lives, as we thought we knew it, were over...
In just 5 months my life has changed for the better. It has been by no mistake that I have met so many wonderful people in person and on-line and the amount of support I have received has been overwhelming. I've received some of the nicest emails and comments from people I don't even know.
Friends I haven't talked to in a long, long time have contacted me through facebook and have written such wonderful messages.
Friends that I currently have but do not see due to distance, have stuck by me and called me and kept up with the blog and have supported me.
New friends have helped tremendously with our girls and with adjusting to a new place, some have shown me that life with a child that has DS is not something to be afraid of and others have been a good friend to talk to.
I've "met" wonderful people through different blogs that have answered many questions, offered support and I know so many of them are praying for us.
I've "chatted" with other women going through the same thing on the Baby Center boards and have shared many of the same feelings and fears.
My family and Mike's family have been so loving and supportive as well, we cannot thank them enough just for knowing they will always be there for us, our girls and for Bennett.
This pregnancy that I thought was going to be awful and painfully long, has actually been wonderful and I just want to thank all of you who care about us and our family. I thank God daily for all the support we've been given.
One of my biggest fears through all of this was that I would feel alone and friends would distance themselves in fear of what to say to me or to Mike but this has not been the case at all and to all my wonderful friends in person, those that I can only talk to on the phone, on facebook, in the "blog world" and on Baby Center, I thank you for just being a friend.
In just one week, Bennett will be here and although I am still somewhat anxious of what the future has to hold, I know for sure that my friends and family will be there for us. God has truly put such wonderful people in our lives.
To my family and my friends that I talk to or keep in touch with on a regular basis, please know that although life with 3 kids and one of them having special needs will keep me busy, I am never too busy to talk or listen. I really care about what's going on in other people lives, whether it be a new baby, a new job, a wedding or engagement or just day to day life, please know that I still care and that I'm not so consumed with my own life that I just don't have the time. I know this may be easy to say since I don't have Bennett here yet but friendships and family are very important to me and I don't ever want to lose touch.
We can't wait to share the news of Bennett's arrival and we look forward to sharing this new journey with all of you!