Something a pregnant mom rarely voices, but so often thinks about is "will my child have an extra chromosome?" That magic number 21 turning the chromosome count to 47 instead of 46. That fear that wracks so many women until their baby is born.
At my 12 week appointment with both of my pregnancies I was asked if we wanted to do the chromosomal testing. I had asked what the reason for the testing was told that the biggest determining result would be finding out if our baby would have down syndrome. I asked if it was suggested. My Dr. then asked me in return "would the results matter to you?" I had a simple answer. No. If we were to have a baby with down syndrome then of course, we would seek God in figuring out how to be the best parents we could be. But, I still had my doubts. No, it was more fear. It bugged me, that I was fearful of down syndrome, yet accepting of it if God chose us. I think it's the fear of the unknown. The fear of uncertainty. The fear that I wouldn't be able to provide the baby/the child/the adult, with everything he/she would deserve. I really don't know what it is.
However, there is a beauty in Down Syndrome that often goes unnoticed.
I want to ask you all to consider something...
Please read this blog:
Her story is utterly beautiful. It's wonderfully transparent. This woman is amazing. Her gift of writing and photography is wonderful. And what a mom; her strength is astounding, her commitment is admirable, her love for her children is endearing. And her daughters? BOTH beautiful.
Then, please go here:
Wonderful. Beautiful. True.
Readers: After spending time reading Kelle's story, I have to say the fear has subsided. I love that she gives a voice to down syndrome in such a lovely way. What were your fears when you were pregnant? And please consider donating!