I was looking forward to one day being able to post a happy announcement on my blog that I would be grammy to a new baby this spring. Today I would like to share with you that I am going to be grammy to a new baby...a precious little girl. Kris and Lisa were so thrilled that they would be having a baby brother or sister for Ranen…and due on her birthday (May 3rd). How special is that? There were a few concerns at the first ultrasound, and they were sent to Vancouver for further tests. That was a very long and difficult day…as they met with one specialist after another. In the end, they received the news that their baby was Trisomy 13…and they were also told it was a girl. She has an extra (third) chromosome 13 in all of the cells. This means every organ and limb of the baby’s body is affected…and there is little hope that she will be spending much time with her family here on earth.
I bought some soft, pink baby yarn and am starting a baby afghan. Even if she has only hours or days with us, she will have her own soft blankee like every other grandchild. She will likely be arriving early…so I need to get to work. (I’m thinking my unfinished afghan for hubby can wait another year!)
And here is something very special…before my mom-in-law passed away, she crocheted around receiving blankets for her great-grandchildren (even for those that were not yet on the horizon at that point). So I went to the cedar chest today, and I found the perfect blanket for our precious new baby from her great-grandmother.
If you are interested in learning about trisomy 13, here is a good resource… http://www.livingwithtrisomy13.org/
And please include Kris and Lisa in your prayers over these next weeks and months. It is a very difficult time for them!