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Joy
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PostPosted: July 05 2006, 3:27 PM    Post subject:
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Note: I joined Uno Mas also, so the following message is a duplicate for those of you who are members of both.

Hello! Iím finally introducing myself on this board after reading for several months. Iíve gained a lot of knowledge from each of you and hope I can contribute something of value to others. Many times Iíve wanted to just jump in but didnít have the time for proper introductions at that moment so Iím taking the time now so next time you will all know whoís sticking their .02 worth into the conversation. Iíll try to tell enough so you know my perspective without boring you with too many details.

Iím Joy, wife of Rich and mom to Sara (4 yrs.) and Ibby (17 months with DS). Ibbyís real name is Richard but no one calls him that. Ibby was born in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day 2005 in a hospital on the parade route! In August of last year, we relocated to Houston courtesy of Hurricane Katrina.

Ibby had a very rocky start in life but is doing well now. He was delivered 10 weeks early by emergency c-section because he was in distress, having excess fluid around his lungs and in his abdomen. He was on a ventilator for about 3 weeks and in the NICU for 11 weeks. The initial diagnosis was that he had infantile leukemia and IF he lasted through those first few days, he would not live past 1 year because the difficulty in treating the leukemia at his age. Because he had 11 ribs, they did a chromosome analysis thinking we should know for treatment reasons if he had any abnormalities. On day 6 of life we discovered that he had DS and NOT leukemia and that he would survive. Thereís a lot more to that story but thatís basically how we found out he had DS Ė and as you can imagine, it was the best news I have ever had in my life.

Ibby now has a g-tube and a nissen and takes very little orally, just nursing for comfort when I tube feed mostly. He is sitting up and scooting all over the house. Heís beginning to say a few words and signing whatever big sis demonstrates for him. He has no significant heart problems, just a small ASD that we hope will not require surgery. Heís already got tubes in his ears and is monitored closely for leukemia because of his blood problems at birth but is basically a happy, healthy baby. We love living in Houston and having access to the Texas Childrenís Hospital, it has been a miracle for our son to have landed here.

Also, I have a younger sister who has autism and significant developmental delays so I have a sibling perspective as well. My sister is 37 and functions at a preschool level cognitively. (I guess her age gives me away as an older mom). She still lives at home with my mother, but is on a waiting list for a group home in Florida where they live.

As you can imagine, I know first hand the good and bad side of whatís ahead for my family Ė especially my daughter and I know we are one very lucky family.

Thanks for reading if youíve made it this far. I look forward to getting to know you and your kids and learning from all of you!

Joy

PS Ė We are attending the NDSC in Atlanta this month so I hope to meet some of you IRL.




[Edited by Joy on 07-05-2006 at 03:57 PM]

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PostPosted: July 05 2006, 3:59 PM    Post subject:
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Hello Joy and welcome to Downsyn. Your children are beautiful. Looking forwards to getting to know you more.

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PostPosted: July 05 2006, 5:53 PM    Post subject:
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Hello and Welcome!! Sara and Ibby are just beautiful!
I cant wait to read more about them and getting to know you and your family :p

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PostPosted: July 05 2006, 7:30 PM    Post subject:
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Welcome. Your children are beautiful. I am glad you were transplanted to a place near a good hospital. I look forward to learning more about you and your family.

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 1:20 AM    Post subject:
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Welcome! Your children are just beautiful! I am also new to the board but not a new parent!lol my Maggie is almost 11, she's counting the days! She tells me every day what day it is and how long it is to her birthday! Anyways I hope to get to know you and your family! Lisa

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 3:08 AM    Post subject:
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Welcome to the group!

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 5:45 AM    Post subject:
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So nice to met you all... Joy, Sara and Ibby.

A big welcome!

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 6:09 AM    Post subject:
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Welcome!! I am really glad you have joined us. Sarah and Ibby are good looking kids!!! How did he get the name Ibby? Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 8:52 AM    Post subject:
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Joy and family welcome to Down syn. I'm Jen mom to Brock who 11 months and doing great. We live in DM IA. I was on maternity leave during hurricane katrina - so watched it non-stop. So sorry for the loss of your community, but glad you are liking Houston.

Your children are just gorgeous and I love Ibby - how did you land on that for his nickname? We have a mom named Ibby on here - I'm sure she'll connect with you.

Take care, and thanks for sharing your story.

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 10:01 AM    Post subject:
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Hello and Welcome!!! Your children are both beautiful!! I have five children. Two girls and three boys. I have identical twin boys both with DS. Great to meet you and hope to hear more about your family.

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 12:33 PM    Post subject:
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Welcome! Your kids are beautiful! I have a 23 month old daughter and a son on the way. We're in San Antonio...not too far!

McKenna

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 3:37 PM    Post subject:
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welcome, this is Alicia mom to Elias.

Ibby is so handsome! love his eyes... Smile my boy is also from february... im attending to atlanta too, so hope to see you there! (elias is not comming with me Sad )

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 4:45 PM    Post subject:
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Hi Joy I love your name I wanted to call Michaela 'Joy' also, but opted for Micheala after Colin's father Michael who passed away when I was pregnant. Ibby's absolutely adorable and sounds like quite a fighter. Sara looks like one of those beautiful victorian dolls with those big eyes and thick wavy hair. Welcome to Downsyn.

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PostPosted: July 06 2006, 5:05 PM    Post subject:
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welcome!!!

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PostPosted: July 07 2006, 12:09 AM    Post subject:
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hello and welcome! so glad you found us! your children are so cute!! i am the mom of three. mayson our youngest was born with T21. she is now 20 weeks old! will be looking forward to getting to know you better!

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PostPosted: July 07 2006, 1:03 AM    Post subject:
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Hello and welcome. This is a great site. My name is Laura and I am mom to 3 wonderful children. Hayden (DS) is now 3 and doing wonderful. We live in Texas as well. Your children are beautiful. I can't wait to learn more about you and your precious family.

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Hi and welcome to the site! Your kids are cutie pies and I am looking forward to learning more about you and them.

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PostPosted: July 11 2006, 12:09 PM    Post subject:
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Welcome! Thank you for sharing your story about your family. Your children are very beautiful! Sorry to hear about the rocky start, but so glad that things are going well now. I'm glad that the move to Houston has been a good thing. My granddaughter, Olivia, who is almost 3 was born with Down syndrome. She has been an absolute joy!

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PostPosted: July 11 2006, 1:30 PM    Post subject:
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Welcome Aboard, Joy and family.
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PostPosted: July 12 2006, 8:47 AM    Post subject:
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welcome Joy and Family! our little angels are very close in age. so glad you joined in on this wonderful site. look forward to hearing more about Ibby and Sara - they are both beautiful kids! aj

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PostPosted: July 12 2006, 9:29 AM    Post subject:
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Thanks to all for the warm welcome. Hope to meet some of you in Atlanta. I'm trying to memorize your pictures in case I recognize anyone. I will probably have Ibby with me a lot of the time so you can just look for him.
Joy

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