In 2010, we began the journey into parenthood…but it was more difficult that we thought. After suffering a loss and struggling with fertility issues, we sought out the help of IVF. In August of 2011 we began our first IVF cycle and became pregnant.
The pregnancy was wrought with fear, complications and cautious optimism. And just when we when thought our hearts couldn’t take any more, we found out our son would be coming to us with Trisomy 21.
What a journey!! But April 28, 2012 brought our prefect miracle baby into this world and we haven’t looked back since.
After navigating parenthood for a year, adoption was put on our hearts. Shortly thereafter, we were given the amazing opportunity to adopt an unborn baby due August 2013. With excitement and a dash of “we-must-be-crazy-to-want-two-under-the-age-of-two”, we welcomed our daughter- Ruby- August 5, 2013.
Later in August, we found out we would be welcoming another Newman baby into our home- Wyatt: born March 17, 2014- our little lucky charm. Although Wyatt was a surprise, we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Our family feels complete, with three under the age of two, and we are navigating this new season of our lives.
This is our story: the joys of parenting and sharing our special family.
This blog has become increasingly important to me as I work through my feelings, write about my experiences, and grow. The posts here are very personal, emotional, brutally honest, and at times ungraceful. It’s not easy for me to share so much of our life with the world. But it is my hope that by sharing our story, God will be glorified for all He has done for us. I also pray that this blog will shine a light on infertility, adoption and reach other families who are touched by Down syndrome.
The little nugget who made me a mama and just happens to have an extra chromosome! He is growing and changing everyday. Eli is sweet, shy, and curious, taking the world in around him.
Right now Eli is working hard at speech, going to school and working on independence at the playground. Eli signs around 200 signs and understands so much more with a receptive language on par with his age.
Eli is working hard on new skills he will need for school, like drawing, reading, speaking, social skills, and playing with others (he likes to roll around with Ruby and smash towers that he builds- all boy).
For us, we think less and less about Down syndrome the older he gets, and focus more on his successes. Eli has accomplished a lot and in nearly every way is typical to his peers. We are so proud of him.
Sweet Ruby is our gift through adoption! She joined our family the day she was born. She also happens to have something called CAH. 🙂 Ruby is sassy, loving and loud. She’s keeping us on our toes- she is pure diva and is earning her title of “Queen Bee”. She has quickly become faster than Eli- running all over the house.
Currently Ruby just started school. She likes to copy her brothers and loves her blanket. She has a little more adventure in her than Eli, but not as much as Wyatt. She loves to be a little mama around the house and help with whatever she can. Recently she’s become quite loving and snuggly- it’s very sweet. It’s been so fun to watch how quickly she is growing, how strong she is and how she has her daddy wrapped around her finger.
One More Monkey
The week we brought Ruby home from the hospital, we found out that we had amazingly gotten pregnant all on our own! Wyatt arrived on St. Patrick’s Day! He’s gained the nickname Mr. Lucky. He’s a sweet boy and by far our most laid back child. He’s very rough and tumble, loves nature and dirt. He is full of adventure and loves to do whatever his older siblings are doing. What can I say? Our house is busy. Wyatt is busy keeping up with his older siblings which includes walking and climbing on everything all while talking up a storm. He charms everyone he meets with his bold blue eyes.
Images by: Erin Witkowski