To all the amazing and wonderful parents with children that have Down Syndrome, thank you! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to loving your amazing child!
I am going to use this time to express my own opinions and frustrations about downs..(warning! You do not have to agree with me) When I was asked if I wanted to take the test to see if Aiden had downs (first of all many Dr.’s will not ask) I politely replied with ‘no.’ This then turned into a short conversation with my Dr. as to why she was surprised I had said no. She began to tell me that many people want to know to prepare themselves or to make an alternative decision.
After my apt I did a google search on statistics and what I found was surprising to me. The percentage of families who terminate their pregnancies because they have found out that the baby either MIGHT or does have downs syndrome was so incredibly heartbreaking. I just can’t wrap my head around it.
I was so upset for a couple of weeks after reading up on this. I would have been absolutely blessed to have been chosen to raise such a special child. A child that needs more love, more care, and definitely more patience. It would have been an honor.
Of course it would have been hard. There would have been moments where I would have wanted to give up and call it a day. There would have been times where I cried because I didn’t know what to do and it just seemed too hard to manage…….. but….. aren’t those the same feelings a mother gets who is raising a “normal” child? ………