Monday, October 6, 2008
please click on this link to see the most beautiful pictures of our little girl gifted to Emma for her birthday. You are the bomb Dawn! Please check her blog out. She is linked in our favorites under Gregg FAmily and then go to her site under favorites dawn gregg photography. She is the best. I will post more this is just a taste of what she took today. She took over 150 pictures.
So my friends took great care of me and Emma and we made our way home after a few bumps in the road. Like Emma getting jaundice in the hospital (usually doesn't happen that fast) and needing to be put under lights. She looked so much like a super hero with her mask on.
After getting home from the hospital and a few cardiology visits due to a heart murmur, we received the news on October 16th from our friend that Emma in fact had Down syndrome. I will tell you that I held out hope that she did not and I must say that you could have knocked me over when he said those words. I was so not expecting them. I thought all was well. She did not have classic features. Just a few that seemed very mild. But that is what he said. I cried and cried. I blamed myself. I did not want to do this to our daughter. To cause her life to be hard.
(I want you all to know that I don't know why but my pictures only show up at the beginning of the post and I can't seem to fix it, I am working on it)
Well I know I said that I would post throughout the last few weeks. But life got the better of me but here I am and I am going to write my heart.
I can tell you that two years ago I was awaiting the delivery of our 5th baby. WOW fifth baby! Still hard to say. Needless to say, Kevin and I were very shocked to find out that we were having a baby in our 40's. But God is in control and so we embraced it gladly. And then to find out that we were expecting our second girl well to say that we were excited is an understatement. I was a little nervous but had all the tests and all looked good. I was a gestational diabetic so I was on insulin but other than that all was good. I did not enjoy the 4 shots a day however.
On the day of Emma's birth, October 12, 2006, we went to the hospital with our oldest daughter, Samantha, to be induced due to the diabetes. The course of induction and labor went well, at least from my standpoint. From my nurses standpoint, my friend Aimee, little difficult with heart tones but still we had a healthy baby girl at 18:07. We had a friend there to check her out who is a pediatrician and he liked what he saw. No problem, sugar issues but from what I could tell all looked well. And then I saw some murmuring from the nurses and could see it in the faces of my friends that they seemed concerned. Baby was pink, screaming, hey that is what I look for when delivering a baby so not sure what the concern was all about. And the I pryed it out of Aimee that there was some concern that Emma was showing some signs of Down Syndrome. Shannon, one of the nurses and a friend, noticed something. Well I was nervous but I was not convinced and one of the neonatologist was not as well. Blood tests were run.
More to come