Hello, my name is Jennifer. I was 21 years old when I got pregnant. I was married with two step children. We couldn't have been more excited when we found out we were going to be having a baby. The pregnancy for the most part was easy. I barely remember morning sickness, no huge weight gain, at around eight and a half months I had some small issues with hypertension, but nothing huge.
Our daughter Kaylee was born on December 19, 2005. She is the youngest of our 4 children, younger than the others by more than a decade. We have a 14 year old son and twin daughters who are 12.
Our daughter, Lori, is going to be 22 on March 12. She was diagnosed at age 4 1/2 as having mosaic down syndrome. At the time, I believe, we were told that the blood sampling showed only 6% of the cells were affected. The low percentage doesn't make a difference--Lori is classified as educably mentally retarded. Incidentally, I was 23 going on 24 when she was born, and she was my first pregnancy. I had a difficult delivery and we initially thought Lori had received brain damage due to the delivery because she was born blue.
We did not know beforehand that Cole had DS. My AFP came back with suspicion but we opted not to do an amnio. Neither me nor my husband wanted to make any drastic decisions. Of course we wondered if the baby had it or not through the rest of my pregnancy. All ultrasounds came back "normal", but of course they're not 100% accurate.
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