18 days ago, I would have never, in a million years, expected that I would be writing this post. Life has a way of handing us the most unexpected things. Those unexpected things can sometimes turn out to be the biggest blessings!
I have yet to share Liam's birth story, because I wanted to share him first.
When Liam was born, he was immediately whisked away from us. His cord was unusually short, and although he initially cried, the doctor looked very concerned. Liam was completely silent for several minutes, and doctors and nurses came in and out of the room and stood quietly around him. After about 25 minutes, he was brought over to us. The moment he was placed in my arms, his eyes popped open and he stared at me. I immediately knew what was going on.
Everybody left the room, allowing us to finally hold our sweet baby boy. Shortly after, the pediatrician returned and sat next to my bed. Within minutes, he confirmed what I suspected.
Liam was born with suspected Down Syndrome. After 3 perfectly healthy children and 4 perfectly healthy (despite the morning sickness) pregnancies, this news was like a slap in the face.
The first few hours were some of the most difficult hours we have ever experienced. That night, however, we fell in love with our little man.
On Friday, it was finally confirmed that he does have Down Syndrome.
Thankfully, he is 100% healthy! He does not have any of the health conditions associated with Down Syndrome. He does not have any special needs right now, other than trying to get him back up to his birth weight.
We have grown so much as a family in the past 2 1/2 weeks. We are humbled by the love and support that we have received from family, friends, and strangers. The birth of Liam has shown us all of the good in this world. Liam has taught us to truly love unconditionally. We are amazed and proud at how our children have welcomed Liam into their lives. They are simply amazing with him. I am amazed at what a great father my husband is. He was before Liam was born, but the birth of his son has changed him in so many ways. We have already become better human beings because of Liam. The love I feel for my little boy is fierce. I vow every single day to love him, protect him, and do everything I possibly can to give him the life he deserves.
I am humbled and blessed and so thankful. Liam is the perfect addition to our family. I have no doubt that Liam is going to thrive in our family!
Liam may not have been the baby we expected, but he is exactly what we needed. He is beautiful and sweet and absolutely perfect just the way he is.
Welcome to the world, Liam. You are SO loved and you already have us all wrapped around your teeny-tiny finger!