Thomcat I read Eve yesterday and didn't know that you'd written the article but as soon as I read it I knew it was you and I cried!
I know from your posts that you are always really positive and lead an admirably full life compared to me - and I have to say that reading your posts was what convinced me not to have the Downs blood test in this pregnancy. I didn't actually know that Downs was on a sliding scale TBH - I thought it was something you either had or you hadn't.
I thought the article was lovely and you really hit the nail on the head with that massive rush of emotion towards your newborn baby (I got exactly the same thing and could not put him down). Lottie is gorgeous as well, such lovely eyes. I think DS who's nearly two has taken a bit of a shine to her (he said girl for the first time and pointed!).
Aaah! I'm soppy and I cried too. Thomcat, what a lovely, lovely piece. Well done to you and Aloha and I think all the photos are wonderful, she's gorgeous. You've changed the way I think about down's too (not just this article, from your posts on the subject too).
Just got my copy. Oh it made me cry and smile all at the same time. What a beautiful family you are - Lottie is just gorgeous. It's such a fantastically positive article - if I had just been told I was having a baby with Down's and read that article it would make me feel so reassured that it wasn't all doom and gloom. Give Lottie a hug from me today, TC! Good stuff, aloha!
Just wanted to say that I bought the Eve magazine specifically for your article. My uncle has ds and so has my husband's nephew so a subject very close to our family. With my last two pregnancies we were offered a nuchal fold scan as routine because of our family history - refused with ds1 as midwife said no point unless we were considering a termination if any problems were shown up (which of course we weren't) but with ds2 had the scan just from an information point of view.
I am now pregnant in a different borough where we have to pay for a nuchal scan (but get an amnio for free!) - your article clarified that for us there really is no point having any tests outside of the routine scans as it wouldn't affect whether we proceeded with the pregnancy or not. We can put the £200 to better use and buy something for the children instead.
I am passing it on to my sil tomorrow and once again well done to you, your family and aloha. It was a thoughtful, sensitive and very touching story.