Me: “Hi Mom! The doctor just called and said the baby does not have down syndrome and she’s a GIRL!”
Mom: “Oh Tiffany I am so happy. Thank Goodness!”.
Me: “I am so excited! A baby Girl! YAY! Time to buy Pink tutus!! Will you let everyone up there know we have a healthy baby girl on the way please?”
Mom: “Yes, I will call Grandma first! This is such wonderful news!”
I think about this conversation often. I was one of the many women who had a false positive alpha-fetoprotein test. I had an amniocentesis to check the baby’s risk of birth defects and genetic disorders, such as neural tube defects or Down syndrome. I remember hanging magazine pictures of children and babies with down syndrome on my kitchen cabinets. I was ready to love my baby no matter how she was born & was processing it all in my head.
After the call, I thought the worst was over. I assumed I was in the clear.
How naive? Presumptuous? How wrong I was to think those were the only defects that were on the table. Maybe just inexperienced? Young? Maybe I just thought I was “Untouchable” because my entire family was healthy.
Looking back I see how insignificant I am. How limited my knowledge is. God trumps all of my plans. Life is never what we think it will be.
And yet, everything is perfect.
This was the first of many situations in that I began to realize we are all part of something bigger where anything is possible. Odds are bigger than they seem and I am not exempt from anything. But with each wave, I will flow with it all.
I will be sharing Autism testimony every Thursday.
I have 21 years of experience.
SOMETHING NEW! 👇