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The Sweetest Thing
Archer Oakley, 19 months
Archer Oakley, 19 months
The Sweetest Thing

When I first found out I was going to have a baby, I was overwhelmed with nervousness, excitedness, and pure elation. I could have never imagined that, as the cells were rapidly dividing, and my tummy was slowly swelling, such an incredible blessing was growing inside of me. My pregnancy was nothing to complain about at all. Rarely sick, besides a bit of heartburn, everything was relatively breezy. At each ultrasound, I got to watch my little man develop and grow into a little tiny person, just as he should. Early on, I was told he would be born with clubbed feet, which, at the time, I thought was traumatic. But other than that, everything looked healthy, and just the way it was supposed to be. On October 21st, 2008, I went in for a non-stress test, because my little guy's heart rate had been slow. Unbeknownst to me, I had been having contractions at the appointment, and every time I would have one, his heart rate would drop down around 50 bpm. Once that happened, the rest was a whirlwind. Within the course of an hour, they had me changed, gave me a shot to start labor, immediately gave me another shot to stop labor, prepped me for surgery, and at 1:43, Archer Oakley was born via C-section. I only got a brief glimpse of him before they took him away, and sent me to recovery. Nearly 3 hours later, I finally got to see and hold the most important little person in my life. It wasn't until then that I was told that Archer most likely (which was later confirmed with blood tests), had Down syndrome. The strange thing was, when I was told, all I said was, "Huh...I wonder how they missed that." and that was all. All I could see, and all I was thinking was, Oh my gosh, this gorgeous little blue eyed boy is mine. And he's perfect. And he is perfect. After the madness of having a brand new little baby in my life finally calmed down, and I had a chance to think, my mind was flooded with the 'what ifs.' It didn't take long for those fears to be washed away. Archer was a happy, smiling baby who ate and slept all day, just like any other baby. Archer has an uncanny ability to sense when someone is struggling, or having a hard time with life in general. With his huge, blue eyes just sparkling, he will look at you, smile, grab your face, and just kiss you, and it makes the world right again. I know his possibilities are endless, and this kid could move mountains if he wants. Everything about him is amazing. His smile will melt you. His giggle is addicting. It nearly breaks my heart just to watch him sleep. He's perfect. I never could have guessed that I would ever be blessed enough for this little man to choose me to be his. He means everything to me, and I am so extremely lucky, and proud to be his momma. Archer has taught me so much more about life in the 19 months that he's been here, than I had learned in my 25 years before he came. He's taught me to slow down, to appreciate life, to breathe. He's given me an insurmountable level of hope, that I never knew existed. He's made my days happier, my smiles bigger, my laughs heartier, and my love deeper. Most importantly, he's taught me what it truly means to love. Pure, innocent and consuming love. And to my little man; you're my world and have made my life incredible. You'll never know how grateful I am that you picked me.




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