We are so happy to welcome in a new year! 2011 was not very kind to us. About a year ago, January 10, 2011, our lives were turned upside down when we found out our baby was a girl (yay!), but also had major heart defects & Trisomy 13. I will never, ever forget that moment in the Doctor's office. I remember being so happy & very surprised we were having a girl, and moments before hearing the awful news, updating my facebook status to say Baby Wong is a Girl!!!! Literally seconds later, our dr. came in and immediately told us that our baby was not healthy. Heart defects & a 1 valve umbilical cord. Told us our baby probably has a chromosomal abnormality, most likely Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome). We were devastated but made peace that our daughter would probably have Down's, and have to have multiple heart surgeries. I remember being so upset that she would probably never be able to play sports, and never really be able to run & play with her big sister. Then another shocker--the very worst--Trisomy 13.....what doctors say is "incompatible with life". Ugh....what an awful, awful moment. Knowing that the baby trying to grow inside you could pass away at any moment was a horrible feeling. I felt like i had to walk on eggshells not to hurt her or do anything to put her in any more stress. Every week, going to the doctor to hopefully find a heartbeat. The only thing that kept me going was her constant kicking. Loved those kicks :) They were very reassuring. And then it was May 2011, Mother's Day, I was a wreck. Not only was lilly very sick, I knew something was wrong with Valerie. I was emotional, crying, all day. I just knew she was gone... The next day, the dreaded heartbeat check, there was no heartbeat. The day i gave birth to Valerie was the most painful & also peaceful day I've ever experienced. So many emotions, but after she was born....only peace. Such an amazing feeling, I will never forget it!
Lilly in 2011:
- became a big sister!
- turned 3 years old
- started preschool
- went on 2 vacations
- learned to swim
- got her first haircut
- milk, cheese, noodles, bologna (she calls gobloney) :), fruit, yogurt smoothies, cucumbers (she calls pickles)
- her bitty baby and has named her Jesus :)
- playing outside
- Tangled & Snow White
- playing dress up
- wearing only dresses or skirts with leggings (will not put jeans or regular pants on)
- helping...anything i let her do, she is thrilled to help out!