" Down Syndrome.... What the heck is that? " When I was 16 weeks pregnant, the doctor called to tell me my blood results showed 1 and 7 chances of my baby being born with Down Syndrome - the phone call was short, but it quickly brought me to my knees. I spent weeks searching… Continue reading Awareness
The birth of our daughter was the most complex, unimaginable time of our lives. Little did we know, this was only the beginning.
Our journey has become the most intense roller coaster of all times. The last nine months have proved to be the most terrifying months of my life, thus far. I have learned so much in such a short time, some of the biggest lessons have been the lessons of loss. We lost the life we planned… Continue reading The devastating, lovely baby shower.
We have been consumed with appointments and news throughout the last few weeks. After the hospital in Daytona found our daughters heart defect, our pregnancy went from normal to high risk. Dr. Cortez transferred most of my care to Winnie Palmer in Orlando where we have been receiving ultrasounds and preparing for a high-risk birth.… Continue reading The new plan;
We were now at the end of multiple appointments for blood work, there was nothing we could do but wait. So, we waited - We convinced ourselves the tests were false, they had to be; after everything we had done to get here; how could this be happening? Four long, dreadful days went by and the… Continue reading The Emotions
It's been a few weeks since we found out about the possibility of McKenzie having Down Syndrome; We have been quietly dealing with our thoughts and attempting to understand what exactly everything means. Today we had our first appointments regarding the possible diagnosis, however, it wasn't at my OB's office - it was with specialist at the… Continue reading The Unknown.
Boy or girl? a question we've pondered well before our positive pregnancy test. As time slowly creeps by, we anxiously await the day we can do the gender reveal. Will we throw a party or announce it individually? Will we tell everyone right away or wait and enjoy the results first? The doctors office insists on waiting… Continue reading Gender Reveal
Faith has been important in Our Journey, at one point it was all we had. The last month has been chaos as we celebrated holidays and spent time with family. Nikki's mom ended up needing back surgery and after what felt like a lifetime, we had our follow up appointment. The doctors waiting room was… Continue reading Let our faith be stronger than our fear.
When we embarked on our journey to start a family, I never considered how exactly I’d feel once it finally happened, if it ever did. During the three year process of trying to conceive, there were many hopeful weeks turned into many hopeless months. When we were fortunate enough to find Dr.Cortez and begin… Continue reading Our babies little home!
The last month has felt like a dream; I’m pregnant, I’m pregnant! I just can’t seem to say it enough. We have our first appointment Friday – We are beyond excited. While it’s too soon to see anything on an ultrasound, they have to check for indications of an ectopic pregnancy. We will also get… Continue reading The fun continues!