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Bella Rose, Sweet as can be!
Happy as can be
Happy as can be
Bella Rose, Sweet as can be!

Bella came to us as a surprise and is our miracle. For 10 years we were told we would never have and children of our own. I was feeling tired and bloated and noticed that I was having some "muscle spasms," something in my gut told me to just take a pregnancy test and it came out positive. On 11/14/11 at the clinic, the doctor calls me into her office, and says "youre pregnant" and I respond with "are you sure," "it just cant be." She sees the tears in my eyes and says "I'll give you an ultrasound." During the ultrasound she looks at me and says "there's your baby," and I cry like I've never cried before. More shocking I was seven months pregnant. Bella and I didn't agree much during the pregnancy. I had diabetes, extremely high blood pressure and Bella didn't like that. On 12/27/11 we were admitted into the hospital and on 12/28/11 at 11:57pm I underwent a c-section and out came Bella. She was 35 weeks and 6 lbs 12 oz. My husband finally makes his way over to me and his face was distraught and I said "is she ok?" and he looks at me, bends down and says they said she has Down Syndrome and an extra finger' I look at him and I say "I dont care shes perfect, he kisses me on the cheek and says she is; shes beautiful!' Later that morning the doctors told us they thought Bella will need to be transferred to Sunrise because she was showing signs of a heart defect. We give her a kiss and I give her one last look and take note of her IV lines, oxygen and monitors. I think weve waited so long for you we can wait a little bit longer. Bella has two heart defects an ASD and a VSD. On January 9th Bella had her VSD closed. Bella then had her open heart surgery on January 18th. They wheeled Bella into the operating room and the next 5 hours were the longest hours in our lives. With our eyes sore and our hearts broken; we waited, my last prayer that night was God please fill Bellas heart with love and prayers'. 4 days later they pulled her oxygen and Bella was for the very first time breathing all on her own she had so much resilience and life! On February 16th we took Bella home exactly 50 days after her birth. Every day she gets better and better and stronger. She laughs, she smiles and she looks at us like were her world but little does she know shes ours! Shes our miracle, our saving grace and our love. She showed us that with a little faith and a whole lot of love great things can happen. Bella has Down syndrome! But more importantly Bella is a blessing and she has given us more love then we ever knew. She is wonderfully, pleasantly, delightfully all ours!




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Brenda Esparza, United States, TX
1/17/2013 12:35:08 PM
I love your story! We went through a very similar situation with our Emma Sofía. Your daughter is adorable!

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