2 years ago was the day that one of my deepest longings was fulfilled in my life ~ I became a mother.
Not much about that day evokes fond memories for me ~ the waiting in the hospital for my c-section, the anticipation of knowing that my precious baby wasn’t growing inside the womb anymore but not knowing why, the mounting fear of the unknown, both of surgery as well as a foreboding that something was wrong with my long-awaited bundle of joy, and the terror of being ushered into a sterile operating room, removed from familiarity and family for those seemingly never-ending few minutes before Curtis was allowed in.
All that changed in an instant for me, however, when I heard the sound that every mother-in-waiting longs to hear, the moment your precious miracle enters the world and you hear their first tiny, raspy cry as they suck air into their lungs for the very first time. And the ensuing words from Curtis, “oh Karyn, he is PERFECT”.
He knew. He knew the moment he saw Jake for the very first time that he had Down syndrome. But his answer to me was so indicative of what we felt about Jake from the first moment on and what we have continued to be more and more convinced of ~ that he is perfect. He is this little tiny fireball of energy, of enthusiasm, of joy, of love for life, of curiosity, of stubbornness, of perseverance, of sociability, and of love.
We couldn’t be more proud to be Jake’s parents. Happy 2nd Birthday to my baby boy. We love you so much Jake.