In 2010 our little family started our first steps towards a much busier (and happier) life. We bought our first house and right before we moved in found out I was pregnant. The girls were getting to the age were they were pretty self sufficient and I was ready to entertain the idea of one more. The pregnancy was a surprise but a good one.
In the weeks after we moved I noticed I was extraordinarily tired. I kept looking at my belly and telling my husband that I seemed way too big for 7 weeks. He told me it was just because I was older (34) and it was my third. When I went in for my first ultrasound I got the surprise of my life. Twins!!!! It took me quite a long time to adjust to the idea. I was honestly scared out of my mind. Mostly that it would be twin girls!
Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out at my big ultrasound that I had 2 boys in my huge belly. We settled in our new home and new town and anxiously (sometimes with panic attacks) awaited their arrival.
On March 11, 2011 our boys were born. The labor and delivery went very smooth and I finally got to meet these boys. Shortly after birth, our son Bunny Bear was diagnosed with Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome). It was quite a shock and made for a rocky start to their entrance into the world.
Today I am no longer the mom with the puffy eyes and the dark thoughts of doom for our son. In the many months since he was born I have learned so much about a diagnosis I knew absolutely nothing about (except for watching every episode of "Life Goes On"). I am learning every day and I hope this blog might be helpful in educating others who don't know much about down syndrome.
I feel blessed that I was chosen to be the mother of each and every one of our kids. I may not have chosen this path for myself but I'm excited to see our story unfold.
Because I tend to be paranoid, I have chosen to give my kids nicknames on the blog. You can see the whole cast of characters here.