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A Marley Surprise
A Marley Surprise

Marley-Lanae Delores Brown, born January 31, 2009 at 8:15pm weighed 7lbs 3oz length 19 1/2 inches long. The single greatest day of my life but also the beginning of a whole new world, I don't want it to sound like a clich' when I say everything changed the day my daughter was born but indeed it was a total surprise when the doctors came back with some unexpected news. The whole pregnancy was a breeze- no nausea, no vomiting, nothing uncomfortable to speak of labor went smooth as anyone could expect. Marley was born at 38 weeks gestation and no complications throughout; a mellow beautiful baby at first site is all we saw. Doctors came back with some suspicion that Marley may have Down syndrome, they pointed out some un-alarming features that we would have never noticed like her ears being low set and a little scrunchy, her nose bridge being flat and others that really didn't matter at the state of mind I was in after giving birth to pure bliss, but at that they decided to run more tests to be 100% sure of course and so they did and not only did they confirm their suspicions but they also came back with more news- Marley was not only diagnosed with Down syndrome the day of birth but also had a heart defect (to be more precise an a trio-ventricular canal defect). At the time I was a 19-y-ear old first-time mom and my head was just spinning. There were no signs pointing to any of the news prior to birth the ultrasounds all came back normal as well as all the blood tests and with my age and my health all the extra tests were unnecessary, so big day with big news not only the little girl we were waiting for came but more than expected. Don't get me wrong, it was still the best day of my life but decisions had to be made and plans altered for sure. There are many different ways people cope to news like ours and different people of course go through their own motions our particular plan was "let's get all the information we need and do what we have to do" (-Daniel Brown) It didn't matter if our baby was born yellow, orange, or red we were just happy she was finally here and healthy and it didn't matter what disability or disorder she had. She is our baby no matter what and Marley has not only enlightened our world but continues to teach us so much about ourselves and is this little ball of fire that keeps you on your toes. She is unpredictable and never fails to amaze us with all the surprises she has in store for us. Down syndrome does not define Marley it is just a part of who she is. We are the luckiest parents in the world to have her, she couldn't be "Mo' betta'" (Hawaii lingo). :-)

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