On April 1, 2008, I found out I was three months pregnant with my very first child. Everything was falling apart inside of me because I was only 15 years old. In June, I was told it was a baby boy. By that time I had already figured out that I was going to be a mom. August came around and the doctors called me in for an emergency appointment to discuss lab results that had come back with negative results. They told me that something was wrong with my baby, and that I could abort him if I didn’t want to raise a very challenging child. I, of course, refused and said there was nothing wrong with my baby. I was going to carry him until his due date and raise my wonderful blessing from God. I refused to even think that there could be anything wrong with my child.
October 7, 2008, my handsome boy was born 7 pounds 10 ounces 19-1/2 inches long. My son was born healthy, strong, and was born a very special boy to a very special mom.
Throughout the first year of my son’s life I began to realize that he was slow with his development. I was getting worried that I wasn’t doing something right. I worked hard everyday to not only teach my son how to talk, eat, and walk, but I learned that I needed to stay strong for his future to be forever long. We went to monthly doctor appointments up till he turned one year old, when they finally sat down and explained to me that my child had down syndrome. They said it would be a lot of work for a parent of my age to handle along with my school work and after school activities. I right then decided to drop out of high school and get my GED diploma so that I could stay home with my son and teach him everything that he needed to know.
From age one to age five, my son had learned to sit up, make noises, crawl, say words, walk, say his ABC’s, and count. With the help of Kid’s For the Future of Parkin, Arkansas, my son had cought up with his age. We returned to our last appointment with his specialist, January 2014, where they sat us down and told us that his improvement was excellent and that the problems from here on out won’t be as difficult to handle as did before. We beat down syndrome to a point. My son still has trouble learning new things, but as long as mommy is there to help him, he tries his best.
All in all, this was the start to my life with a child with down syndrome. It has taught us to stay strong, work together, and to have patience in everything that we do. Our family motto is, “Life may through you bricks and scramble your minds, but the love between us will block us from all harm and keep our hearts pure and strong.