On June 6, 2014 Ariana was born via emergency c-section. The moment our eyes met I fell deeply in love with this beautiful little baby that I gave life too. As soon as our eyes met I knew my little princess had Down syndrome. Only two things went through my head at that moment:
“my baby is the most beautiful thing on this planet”
“she’s going to be okay, we’re all going to be okay”
Immediately after birth Ariana was diagnosed with Down Syndrome trisomy 21 also known as T21. Which is the third replication of the 21st chromosome. Before Ariana was born, I had no knowledge about DS nor did I have any reason to educate myself on the matter. I mean why would I? Statistically woman over the age of 35 run a higher risk of having a baby with Down syndrome. At the age of 22 It never crossed my mind.
I frequently get asked, “didn’t you get any testing done while you were pregnant?” And then this overwhelming look of shock takes over when I reply with “no.” I didn’t get any testing done because “you are so young” as all the doctors say with a surprise look when they see that Ariana has DS. Although having any testing done and confirming that Ariana had DS while I was pregnant wouldn’t have persuade me to get an abortion, or make me love my daughter any less. Ariana is a fighter, and she’s on this planet for a purpose. I’m here to help her find that purpose as she helped me find mine. Raising Down syndrome awareness, Determined to educate myself, and everyone around me.
We weren’t expecting her diagnoses, but we accept it. We weren’t ready and I don’t think we will ever really be ready, but We’re looking forward to the challenges, and journey ahead of us. Our heads have never been held higher.
“The difference between ordinary, and extraordinary is that little extra”