HI Bristol –
I am pleased to introduce you to my son Luke, who recently turned 10 months old. My husband and I learned prenatally that Luke would be born with both Down syndrome and a heart defect known as Atrioventricular Canal Defect (AV Canal). Our world was rocked for a few weeks but as we began to accept what would become our reality, the excitement about growing our family returned. When Luke was born, he was more beautiful that I could have imagined and his personality fills our lives with an indescribable joy every day. I was worried when I learned of our prenatal diagnosis that I wouldn’t love him as much as I loved his older brother Matthew or maybe that being his Mom wouldn’t as rewarding as I hoped it would be. I was absolutely wrong! I love Luke with all my heart and I feel completely fulfilled as his mother. I am excited to watch my boys learn and grow in the coming years and ultimately, I am excited for the future of our family!
PS – Soon after learning of our diagnosis, a friend shared your mom’s “Letter from God” with my husband and I and it brought us so much comfort during a time of uncertainty in our lives. Thank you to your family for spreading Down syndrome awareness and much love to you all and especially Trygg!