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My Experience As A Special Needs Parent

My son is turning One this month. What has our first year with Rodrigo Ivan been like? Let’s recap! Rodrigo Iván was diagnosed with Translocation Down Syndrome at 1 week old. Translocation Down Syndrome falls under Trisomy 21 criteria. Meaning, he has an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. The difference here is that the […]

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Post-Partum Depression: Part II

Him: Are you ok? Me: (Crying) No. Him: What’s Wrong? Me: I don’t know, I just feel sad. Him: Why? Me: I don’t know, I am just not happy. My Husband That night I let all my emotions out. I had been “secretly” dealing with them. I think my husband knew before I did, that […]

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A Letter To My Son

Dear Rodrigo Ivan, God did not prepare us for the journey we would encounter the day you were born. Even when he knew I would be scared and anxious he chose me. He knew that I would walk with courage and strength holding you in my arms. Your parents are in love with you. You […]

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The News of His Diagnosis Isn’t News Anymore

It’s “Official” “Hello Mom, the Karyotype results came back, Rodrigo has Translocation Down Syndrome.” My mind hit the reset button. It is real. Officially my son had DS. Why did I need the results of a genetic test to come back positive when I already knew? I have no clue. It felt like “the real […]

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You Are Having A BOY… Finally!

One girl, two girls, three girls, four girls… That’s how many daughters I have. It is a man’s dream to have a son, but after having four girls all hopes seemed lost. I just thought it would be impossible for me to make a boy. Surrounded by Women As you guys know, from reading my […]

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Admitted for a Virus: Discharged with a Surgery

My heart sunk into my stomach as I saw my 5 month old son get taken away from me to go into the operation room. My 5 month old son was about to undergo Laryngoplasty surgery and I had to wait in a waiting room while it happened. I was not able to breathe until […]

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Home Birth: Life Changing

When I searched “Home Birth” on google, things like: “Is it legal?,” “Is it safe?,” “How to..,” came up. Yes it is legal, super safe and very easy.. well sorta… Mind you I had wanted a home birth since I found out I was pregnant for the first time. I did not get my wish […]

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He Will Walk When He’s 4 Years Old… Maybe.

One thing that I did not know about Down Syndrome was the delay in development. DS children have low muscle tone and long tongues. Combined, these characteristics can delay them from reaching milestones that other children their age do with no difficulty. My son is 8 months old and he can almost hold his head […]

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So Who’s Fault Was This?

Once Rodrigo’s blood work came back his pediatrician made a call to the NICU, where we stayed for a week due to his high bilirubin level, to confirm his diagnosis. She told me that he indeed have Down Syndrome but it was the rarer type of Trisomy 21. There are rare types? Yes guys there […]

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