George was born. What a day that was! I was just about 35 weeks pregnant, I’d been having preterm labor (as usual) for a while, and had gotten steroids to mature baby’s lungs maybe two weeks before when my fetal fibronectin test was positive.
The day before, it seemed like “baby in need of prenatal Ritalin because he is ALWAYS busy” was much less active than usual. Having lost my little guy, William, in 2006, this worried me. So I went in to the OB’s office and they did a fetal biophysical profile, and he scored 4 out of 10. This is bad. Keep in mind that we didn’t know if he had Downs or not at this point… but if he did, he was at much higher than average risk for third trimester intrauterine death. So they sent me to the hospital, and did another biophysical profile. He was still 4 out of 10, and by this time Susan F. and Maureen B. were there with me, so as soon as the maternal fetal medicine guy gave the go-ahead, they induced labor…. My goals were to have a healthy, alive baby and to NOT NOT NOT have a C-section. Mothers of children with CP who need lots of physical assistance (like Danny for example 🙂 ) would have a hard time getting through the first few weeks after surgery, I’d think.
Fast forward to 1 AM –
George Edward DeHority was born. He is a joy, the sweetest, nicest baby I’ve ever met, but what a year we’ve had!!!
I never would have thought I’d be thankful that I had a baby with Downs, but maybe I am. Can you imagine how hard it would be to have a mastectomy, chemotherapy, etc, and be trying to chase a busy toddler? George is little, always happy, a good sleeper, and pretty much stays where we put him…. he’s making slow but steady progress in physical therapy, but I’ve decided that perhaps God knew what he was doing when he gave me a baby who wasn’t even crawling yet on his first birthday…. this way my family and I have all the joys and loves of having a baby during this difficult time, without any of the hard parts.
So today we’re celebrating. Sam, George, Danny and I started out by going to Mass (with his godparents, how cool is that!!) and since then we’ve been just hanging out getting school done. This afternoon George has his 12 month check up and shots… to be followed by Brian’s basketball practice, supper and then cake and presents.
I promise cake pictures tomorrow. Love, Elizabeth