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One Year
Davis Matthew
Davis Matthew
One Year

One year has passed since I learned the fateful news about my unborn baby. On November 1, 2011, I learned my son’s heart had not formed properly, and he would require heart surgery as an infant. Two weeks later, I learned why: my child had Down syndrome. Learning about the heart problem was hard; I felt such guilt, that perhaps somehow I had caused this. I grieved over knowing my poor baby was not going to feel well for a while. I scoured the internet searching for answers. Learning about the Down syndrome was a weight lifted off my shoulders. Yes, I was shocked, and I will admit I shed some tears, but I was not devastated. I had an answer to why my baby’s heart was different. I knew that Down syndrome had its challenges, but I was not afraid; I immediately accepted my son just as he was. Discovering the diagnosis caused me to feel more emotionally bonded to the baby growing inside me, and I loved him even more than I already did. A few days later, my husband and I named our special child Davis. Davis Matthew was born on February 22, 2012 weighing a healthy seven pounds and seven ounces. He spent a few days in the NICU, and I could not wait to get him home! Those first few weeks and months were filled with all the joys and challenges that every new mother faces. I soon realized just how precious, smart, active, handsome, and gifted my son was. Heart surgery to repair his AV Canal defect was September 7th. Davis is such a trooper. He experienced an incredible amount of physical and emotional difficulties but still strolled out of that hospital smiling! The support we received from our family and friends, to whom I refer as Davis’ Fan Club, was absolutely amazing. Davis has inspired countless numbers of people. I think he is an inspiration because of his sparkling personality and ability to overcome obstacles diligently and gracefully. But it goes deeper than that: he teaches us to be more joyful and thankful for this beautiful chance at life with which we’ve been blessed, to live better, and to take pleasure in the simple things. However, you’ll have to ask members of his fan club for their answers; I continue to be astonished by the way Davis touches people’s hearts. Davis recently turned eight months old! His body is healing well from surgery. The repair was not perfect, but he is handling the imperfection well and will hopefully not need another surgery. Davis enjoys music, baths, food, books, people, and the outdoors. He is quite honestly the happiest baby I know, and definitely one of the cutest! His dimpled smile will light up the room, as well as your heart. Davis, you are Mommy’s hero. You can do anything you set your mind to doing. You are an incredible creature and are perfect just as you are. The sky is the limit.




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Rashida faheem, Pakistan,
12/3/2012 11:19:18 PM
Thank you for sharing. When I read stories like this one, I feel that whichever corner of the world we might live, the feelings, emotions and sentiments are the same all over. I never heard about down syndrome until my first grandchild was born in Jan 2011. My daughter says the same things you spoke about in your story but our little Ayaiyah is a gift for the whole extended family too.It is amazing how much you learn about an issue when you are confronted by it. In countries like ours where awareness on down syndrome is negligible and facilities nonexistent, taking care of such a child is an uphill task but thanks to these connections we are more aware and hopeful and feel like part of the larger family. Thank you again. Rashida ( Karachi, Pakistan)

Ma. Theresa Gonzalez, Philippines,
12/3/2012 9:39:11 PM
David you are indeed an inspiration & our hearts goes out to you!

Sandra Hull, United States, TN
12/3/2012 10:35:16 AM
What an inspiring story! I am sure he will give you much joy throughout life.

Marian Brown, United States, TN
11/29/2012 1:11:17 PM
This is a beautiful story. This child is lucky to have a loving mother and plenty of support from his family.

Dayrin Grantham, United States, TN
11/27/2012 2:04:32 PM
Very inspiring story

Gayle Dawson, United States, TN
11/26/2012 10:39:30 PM
Kari has grown into a wonderful lady with so much class. She is admired more than she'll realize and the very unique and special bond she shares with her sister, Kelli, is amazing. The love and friendship they share is a great foundation for Davis and he's such a super kid. I am so glad Kari is sharing her wonderful adventure with all us to read and enjoy.

Wahna Wright, United States, TN
11/23/2012 11:13:30 PM
God sends us reminders of the really important things in our lives! LOVE, and the precious gift of LIFE! What a tremendous blessing and lesson Davis is to us all. Beautiful Family and extended Family....Thank you once again for sharing your story of God's Blessing and incredible Love.

Teresa Baierl, United States, TN
11/22/2012 6:58:12 PM
Proud member of the Davis Fan Club! Kari is a terrific mom and Davis is just adorable!!

Tommy Carter, United States, TN
11/22/2012 12:03:24 AM
Such a sweet story, and such a precious baby and Mom!

Cindy Shadrick, United States, TN
11/21/2012 9:05:58 PM
God gives special kids, to special parents. So glad you can count your blessings.

Paulette Beaty, United States, TX
11/21/2012 10:25:55 AM
What a beautiful story. You and your family are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

harry lindquist, United States, TN
11/21/2012 8:59:10 AM
Davis is an inspiration. And so is his family

Sue Ellen Jackson, United States, TX
11/20/2012 12:26:21 PM
Children with Downs are a gift from God to the world. I believe God carefully chooses parents to raise these darling special people.

Maleah Freeman, United States, TN
11/20/2012 9:22:25 AM
God bless you all!

Butch Campbell, United States, TN
11/19/2012 8:55:17 PM
Many times when I get emails like this I discard them but not this time. I am so thankful that I read all of it, every word. What a great inspiration to all of us from such a great mother. Davis will make a lot of people tear up and remember him and the many like him.

Angie Geldrich, United States, TN
11/19/2012 7:52:15 PM
I have never met Davis in person, but he has melted my heart. His mom, Kari, is my cousin's daughter, which makes Davis my, what? third cousin? I'll admit that when I heard that Kari's baby had Down Syndrome, my first thought was, "poor Kari" and about how heartbroken she must be. Then I started reading her blog, The Happy Heart of Davis. It's not about sadness and obstacles. It's about joy and love and inspiration. She has never viewed him as anything less than a blessing in her life. Kari calls him her buddy and when they look at each other in photos, you can tell that they absolutely adore each other. What a special family! You can tell that Davis thinks his mom and dad are blessings in his life too. It just makes me happy to read about him and see the photos of that smiling face - he is an angel.

Kristy Mall, United States, TN
11/19/2012 6:46:41 PM
What a wonderful story!

Lenore Baker, United States, TN
11/2/2012 8:42:14 PM
You knew I would leave a comment. I am Davis' Number One fan. That little boy has touched my heart. His story and the love of his family is uplifting and precious. Just reading all your postings, Kari, have been a testimony of being a wonderful Mother. He is truly your special gift from God.

Carol Jamison, United States, TN
11/2/2012 6:11:13 PM
Davis is truly an adorable, special child. I am so proud of his parents, their positive attitude, their willingness to share their experiences with others and the love and guidance they will give him. Davis is one blessed little boy. :)

Maleah Freeman, United States, TN
11/2/2012 5:28:40 PM
God bless you all!

Jim Rosenbloom, United States, TN
11/2/2012 5:17:04 PM
Truly an inspiring story from a special Mother. I wish Davis and his family the best in years to come. Jim

Kelly Swain, United States, TN
11/2/2012 10:26:41 AM
Davis is such a fighter and you are a wonderful mother. He is also quite possibly the most adorable thing I have ever seen.

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