It's a Boy
We could hardly contain our excitement. Scott and I both have several sisters and expected a family of all daughters. Our first-born is a darling little girl whom we love to pieces. We were simply over the moon to get to experience the boy thing. I imagined little league, teasing his big sister, and watching sports with his dad. After months of staring at Scott’s baby photos, I hoped he would be a toe head with blue eyes just like his daddy! I already loved the little guy who kicked incessantly inside of me and could not wait to meet him. I found myself on Pinterest several times preparing the perfect nursery for our perfect little boy. Little did I know just how perfect he would be.
After a fast but rough labor they laid that sweet little boy in my arms. Scott and I were thrilled to have him with us. I was flustered when they interrupted our beautiful moment to inform us of the possible diagnosis. They were ruining our precious first moments with our baby boy, causing unnecessary worry and concern! There was no way our little boy had Down Syndrome! Obviously they were mistaken. They weren’t.
It took Scott a day to process this news. It took me about a month to even wrap my head around the idea. I hear one parent always struggles more than the other. In our case I was that parent. The love I had for him was so strong it hurt. But the worry and fear I felt was unbearable. After mourning the loss of the baby I thought we were having and accepting Welles for exactly what he was, I found great relief and such JOY! Each day that joy grows and grows.
Welles is absolute perfection. He radiates pure happiness and has the ability to make me feel so unbelievably loved. How could I have ever thought he might be a burden on our lives? He completes us.
It hurts to hear that in the United States, between 75%-90% of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted. Termination rates for DS babies are even higher in other countries. In a society where we constantly talk about accepting people for who they are, how is this okay? Why is my child considered to be of less worth than the next? These sweet little “special needs” children can bring joy beyond measure. Our goal with this web site is to spread the word. Spread the word that there is nothing down about having a child who is different. Actually, it’s quite beautiful!