A mother of a Down Syndrome child discusses her decision not to screen on her current pregnancy:
The list of potential problems that we received after she was born could never have predicted the pride we felt when Penny learned to write her name, when she, after months of practice, jumped off the ground with two feet, when she finally progressed to big-girl underwear.
The data told us that learning would be harder for her than for a typically developing child. It is, and yet she is able to write all the letters of the alphabet and tell stories and make up songs. And no list of developmental problems told us that empathy would be easier for her, that her eyes would well with tears and she would run to console her little brother when he falls and cries, that even as a 2-year-old she would see a picture of a wounded man and say: “Me help! Me help!”
Tragically, studies show that “92 percent of women who learn they are carrying babies with DS opt to abort.” (Washington Post.)
OK, so I recently nagged a friend of mine about getting into blogging, so this is my attempt to remove that particular beam from my own eye… My last post said “in a few days…” and that was, um, half a year ago.
So what’s been going on since then? The biggest news is that we found out, we’re expecting again! We’re 22 weeks now, due the first week of January, but how our pregnancies go, I’m sure the baby will be here by Christmas at the latest. “The baby.” It’s a boy, which we just found out last week, so I really need to get used to referring to him as a he.
Other than that, everything else pales by comparison. Just trying to figure out as always what the Lord wants for us, and doing what we can to glorify Him and repent when we fall short.
Until next time…
Haddon Zerubbabel Kubecki was born Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2008, at 8:08 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 1 oz, and was 20 1/2 in long. Mom and baby are feeling overjoyed.
Well, it’s time. They admitted us yesterday (technically, they admitted Shannon). So the baby will be here soon. Watch this space (or my Facebook feed, if you’re my “friend” on there) for updates.
In the meantime, just waiting for the real show to begin. And so without further ado:
Random Thoughts, Labor Edition
- iMonk has an excellent commentary on Ed Young’s 7 day sex challenge
- Mark Driscoll offers up six essentials for Bible study
- Lydia Brownback enumerates biblical reasons for thanksgiving
- Terry Delaney reviews C. J. Mahaney’s latest book, Worldliness
- If the hospital didn’t block Flash video, I’d be watching this presentation from James White on New Testament textual reliability
- Gerald Hiestand contemplates the loss of God’s presence
- And just for fun, I will be trying this recipe sometime soon
- I can’t believe we’re almost 32 weeks…
- Michael Patton posts an intriguing test on the theological importance of various doctrines… At some point I may blog further on this
- Josh Harris has a message for you if you’re not a Christian
- Tim Challies, as usual, reviews the much-awaited ESV Study Bible before the rest of us get our hands on one
- Ligonier Ministries is webcasting their Pastors’ Conference next week, in English and Spanish (thanks, Andy!)
- Definitely going to be checking out BibleArc.com…
- This new blog looks interesting
- Matt Waymeyer has some thoughts on the Hermeneutics of Dispensationalism
- The Daily Scroll (another interesting new blog) shares some advice from the foolish galatian about journaling
- And lastly, John Walton talks about the meaning of “pain in childbearing” (sorry, honey!)