|Can't believe he was this tiny once.... Perfect :)|
|Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes|
I've had a couple of conversations, recently, with some people who are expecting babies. We have talked about the screening test for Down Syndrome, currently being used, which gives you a 'risk factor' as to whether or not the baby you are carrying is more, or less, likely to have Down Syndrome. Both of these people had chosen to have the blood screen. What is really beautiful about the conversations, is that these parents had already decided, prior to the blood test, that they would be accepting of their baby having Down Syndrome, if that was the case. One is an older Mum (early forties), and one is a young couple, expecting their first baby. They have both expressed that, since knowing Felix, they don't have a fear of Down Syndrome any more. They can see that he is a beautiful little boy, who brings so much joy and so much love. I feel thankful that Felix's life is being used to show others that, just because life sometimes takes an unexpected turn and a baby is born with Down Syndrome, it doesn't mean your life is over. It just means that you will take a slightly different path than the one you were walking before. There can be some obstacles along that path, but the views are breathtaking!!
|Ready for bed|
Fast forward another ten years and there I was, in the Ultrasound room, being told it looked like my baby had Down Syndrome. Strangely, that was OK. Yes it did turn our lives upside down, but I have never been more thankful for one of life's twists! Our lives feel so full now. Yes, there are Doctor's appointments and blood tests. I've never been on first-name basis with Physiotherapists or Speech Pathologists before, and certainly never had a Paediatrician's number in my mobile phone, but I wouldn't change our lives for anything in the world. Felix is just what we needed; a tiny little person who keeps us grounded and teaches us lessons in patience and wonder every day. Nathan and I were talking the other day, and both of us agree that we can barely remember life before Felix. It's only been just over 2 years since his diagnosis (at 19 weeks pregnant), but it's been the most meaningful couple of years of our lives.
Thanks Felix for choosing to come into our family; you have opened my eyes to all of the beautiful people I had never allowed myself to know before you came along!! You have made me a better person and I will be forever grateful!