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Topic: BLESSED (03/07/19)
- TITLE: Unexpected Blessing
By Bonnie Bowden
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Since I was two weeks overdue, my doctor planned for me to be induced. After checking in, my husband and I made our way back to the pre-labor room and I lay in the bed, while my husband found a small couch nearby. A nurse came in and inserted an IV into my arm and administered the drug Pitocin. The waiting began.
For twelve hours different nurses and doctors came and left. They kept saying, “Your daughter isn’t ready to come out yet. Someone will be back to check on you later.” Since I hadn’t progressed as expected, my OBGYN suggested it would be best if I had a C-section. My husband and I agreed.
In the delivery room, Mark was positioned behind a curtain looking down at my face, with his camera hanging from his neck.
After a while the doctor said, “There she is. Wow! Look at those cheeks.”
The next thing I knew, my husband laid her next to me.
“Honey, she is so beautiful, he said. “Beatrix is perfect. We picked the right name for her; we will truly be blessed.”
“I’m going to get this little one cleaned up and ready to meet her mom,” the nurse said, as she wheeled Beatrix away.
After an hour had gone by and our daughter still hadn’t been brought down to the room, I didn’t think much about it because I was new to the way this birth thing worked.
After two hours of waiting. I called down to the nurses’ station and was told everything was okay, and they would be bringing her down soon.
After three long hours, our pediatrician finally came.
Dr. Johnson walked into the room, knelt down next to my bed and looked into my eyes. She smiled and held my hand.
“I need to tell you something.”
“Is everything okay?”
“The first thing I’m going to tell you is that your daughter is adorable, but some of her features lead me to believe she may have Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome. Most babies have 46 chromosomes, but a baby born with Down syndrome has 47. We will have to run more tests to be absolutely certain, but the slant of her eyes and her lack of muscle tone make me believe I’m right.”
I curled up in my bed and cried. My thoughts banged around in my head like a pinball game: Will she be able to go to regular school? Will she ever be able to live on her own? If no, who will take care of her? Why God? Did I do something wrong?
It felt like my life had been turned upside down. I had been expecting a healthy baby.
The doctor continued, “I listened to her heart and didn’t hear anything wrong with it. This is good news since that is one of the major health concerns for a baby born with Down syndrome.”
“Really,” Mark said, “a baby is just a baby who needs our love.” “We have plenty of that to give.”
After another fifteen minutes, the nurse pushed a small, rolling plastic crib into our room, with our sleeping baby inside.
As soon as she was laid on my chest, I was so in love. She had my blue eyes and her dad’s dark hair.
“I just thought of something, Mark. Today is 4/7, and our baby has 47 chromosomes. It must mean God has chosen us for this journey.
Psalm 139:13 (GNT)
You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother’s womb.
Psalm 127:3 (NLT)
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.
This was written in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. It is celebrated on March 21st.
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