A couple of weekends ago, we went to a conference on education for people with Down Syndrome. This was the first event we have attended sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Memphis. It was really informative and encouraging. We saw many other families that have experienced what we are experiencing. We met parents who overcame challenges, such as medical complication or behavioral problems with their children. Although we have been hoping and praying for no complications, we realized that whatever happens, it will be ok. We are not the only people who have gone through this.
Another awesome thing about the conference was that free child care was provided. When I peeked in on the girls at lunch time, I saw them running around the room playing with a little girl who had Down Syndrome. Later, I asked the girls about their day. They mentioned nothing about anyone being different from them. They just enjoyed playing with new friends. I realized they find a child who wears glasses more different than them than someone who has Down Syndrome.
We went to the high risk doctor yesterday. Unfortunately, they found a small ventricular septal defect, which is a hole between the bottom two chambers of the heart. The hole was small enough that the doctor feels there is a decent chance that it will close prior to birth. We go back in 3 weeks for another look and will then see the pediatric cardiologist if it is still there. We ask that you pray with us that it closes prior to birth.