As some of you may have heard we were informed of a small medical concern shortly after he was born, Carter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Eric and I were in complete shock after hearing the news because nothing had been detected during my pregnancy as abnormal, we are both young and healthy with no family history. Throughout our stay in the hospital we meet doctors, nurses, social workers and specialist that were all very informative and helpful. We were flooded with tons of information although to be honest I haven’t even been able to look into just any of it yet. Everyone continues to ask if I have any questions yet I don’t know what questions to ask. Our main concern was do we have any medical issues to be worried about at this time? The first couple days they were concerned about Carter’s eating. Some babies with DS have trouble sucking, so he wasn’t able to latch on right away. We had a fabulous lactation nurse, Jane who worked with us day and night to find a method that worked. And I am happy to say Carter now is latching on and has an appetite like his father’s, no worries there! He is so funny when he eats because when he is done we say it looks like he is “boobie drunk”, his eyes roll in the back of his head and he is out, it is hilarious!
Our other concern was babies with DS have a 50% chance of having heart complications, Carter was tested in the hospital and none were detected. We went to the Cardiologist today for a follow up and everything looks great. Carter has a clean bill of health. We have a second visit with his pediatrician tomorrow to check out everything else. If you are looking for a pediatrician I highly recommend Dr. Gary German at Valley Medical Center. The man is absolutely wonderful! He has called us three times already at home just to check in on us and see how we are doing.
My little baby boy is as precious as can be and I see nothing but his beautiful face. I know he will grow up to have a heart of gold and be a loving son. Some days are a little harder then others but right now we are trying to enjoy every moment of him as a baby. I have heard people say “God only gives babies with disabilities to parents who are strong enough to handle it” and I am trying to remind myself of that on a daily basis. I love this child more then anything in the world and will nothing but the best for him. I want to apologize now if I haven’t returned a phone call or gotten back to you yet, some days I just don’t feel like talking but know that we appreciate every single one of you. Thank you for the cards, gifts, food, thoughts and prayers, we love you all so much! I will try to keep the blog updated so you can know what is going on with little Carter and us.