Monday, December 22, 2008

My Supportive Family

I have a wonderful supportive family,they have all made this journey easier for me.Yes, of course when we called from the hospital and told each one of the diagnosis there were reactions of sadness but as they came to visit at the hospital they were so supportive and happy about Ruby(who couldn't be she's so cute!!!! :)) .

My sister-in-law and her husband got on the internet when they found out and found a support group for me in my area,what a blessing! The support group sent me a package containing a book about babies with DS and a folder stuffed full of info ,it was wrapped like a present with a beautiful big bow and I received it in the mail one day, right before I got home from visiting Ruby in the NICU and my children had it sitting on my bed for me, it was such a welcome surprise.

My mother was wonderful when she visited ,she didn't fall apart like I was worried she was going to and she just couldn't get over how prescious Ruby is( I named Ruby after my Mother's favorite Aunt) , thank you Mom for not asking me to change Ruby's name,I have heard of that happening where when the family found out the baby had DS they were asked not to give the family members name to the child .

Thank you to my Father-in-law ( Ruby's Papa) and his wife Sandi (Grandma)for driving so far to come and see Ruby in the NICU, it meant so much to me for ya'll to come.

My pastor is not my family but sometimes I feel he is because I have known him for so long and he has always come to see me when I've had a baby.It was comforting when he showed up and prayed with us and gave words of encouragement.He was shocked when he found out our baby had DS and he didn't hide his surprise from us, which made him even more real to me.

The people in our little church have been wonderful and can't wait to see Ruby each Sunday.

My husband's Mother (Granny) has been great, she helped us and stayed with my kids when we had to stay overnight at the hospital with Ruby.She comes to see Ruby often because she lives close by.

I'm glad I have so many wonderful people in my life.


JaybirdNWA said...

Having a good support system has been very important for Joy and I. Having a church home has also benefitted us and John as they have accepted and loved on John. I am glad to hear that you have supportive people in your life. This will also help Ruby as she grows.

Anonymous said...

I agree that having a support system is essential for getting past the grief of not having a typical baby -- and onto the really important things, like having a baby!!! You sound like a wonderful woman and you and Ruby deserve many many wonderful people in your lives!