I have often thought about blogging but never got round to it so when this opportunity came up I thought let’s do it. I asked my husband would he be happy to help me out and he agreed. Please excuse the length of the first few blogs as we want to give a little background.
We would like to say both positive and negative feedback is welcome, we want to try and make the blog informative and give you a little insight to our life with Ella.
Ella was my second pregnancy, the first ended in a miscarriage. I had a fairly uneventful pregnancy. The NT measurement isn’t done as standard here nor is the triple test. We had a scan at 12 weeks and another at 20 weeks. I visited the early pregnancy unit once when I hadn’t felt as much movement and typical when I was put onto the trace Ella started moving like crazy.
Ella was born on her due date following a very quick labour. To us Ella was perfect. 6lb 14oz and 50 cm. We had discussed feeding and Ella latched on soon after being born. That evening she was taken to SCBU, nothing related to ds, but at 2am the doctor mentioned they may be something with her chromosomes. To us that meant nothing. It wasn’t until the next morning a consultant came into our room and broke the news they thought Ella had down syndrome.
We were in shock, why us? What exactly does that mean for our little girl? It took us both time to get our heads around this news but we knew we had to be strong for Ella.
David came home read articles on the Internet while I couldn’t/didn’t want to think about the future. Ella was back out of SCBU late Sunday afternoon and the bloods were to be done on Monday morning to confirm the doctors’ suspicions.
It was on Thurs, 6 days after birth, we got the confirmation of ds.
This really was the start of our journey.