“Congratulations, It’s a Girl!”

This mother of a “Special Child” Recounts Her Experiences.
My sister in law shares her story of receiving her 4th bundle of joy. I applaud her courage and am cheerleading that beautiful little Chica, who will never see limitations and with her family’s unconditional love and support, accomplish her dreams.
Written by: Cristina Lockward
“Congratulations, it’s a girl!” It’s the phrase I heard on August 27, 2011 when my pregnancy ended at 39 weeks.
With great pain I arrived at the clinic and Sofía was born at 1:00 am, the most beautiful baby I had ever seen, and I am a mother of three other children.
Sofia’s birth brought a strange silence in the delivery room, her crying was not, as they say, ‘conventional’, rather it was a late warning that something was not right.
That night, I was not informed of her condition. The next day, the doctor and my husband told me there was a good chance that she had been born with Down Syndrome.
The following days were difficult and in tears and complaints we received the final results: Sofia had been officially diagnosed. 

I tried at first to give thanks because my daughter was special and as everyone told me “God only gives special children to those who are special”, but I really never understood this, for me, all my children are special!
After several weeks, I decided to understand and deal with what was happening. As with any other situations that I had dealt with in my life, I sought information. I made a list of things that we needed to evaluate to make sure Sofia was physically well: heart, hearing, eyes, thyroid, hips, neck, spine and more. I went to every specialist explaining and repeating her condition, it was all a form of therapy.
Today, celebrating my beautiful Sofia’s first year, I tell myself “Congratulations, it’s a girl!” And congratulations to my family and I, as we have been one of the few awarded ‘the secret of life’.
With Sofia, we’ve understood the wonder of the human spirit, how amazing it is to breath, to see, to hear, to speak, how important it is to creep, crawl, walk, and, above all, how amazing we are as we learn and develop. We learned that we are not born with a silver spoon in our mouth but that with happiness in our hearts, it beats. We’ve learned that we don’t need to seek anything outside of what we already have, we are born breathing, seeing, hearing and even those who cannot have some of these capabilities can develop others that are equally or more important.
Thank you, God! It’s a girl that will play, learn, develop and above all, a girl loved by her family who understands her needs and strengths, who sees in her the desire to learn and will never put limits on what, like any other human, she can achieve.
This first year of Sofia’s life has been the most valuable thing we have had as a family. A year especially revealing, a year to understand how ‘special’ we are, a hopeful one.
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