We were nearing the end of a surprise pregnancy, and I was one week away from my due date. I had finally decided on a home water birth in early December, and had met my midwife at that time. Greg and I loved her from the start. The water was ready, the music was cued up, and I thought I was as ready as I’d ever be to have a baby at age 44.
Labor was intense, but so wonderful in the water. The birth was wonderful and we were on a new journey with this little guy. I could see the Down syndrome right away, but Greg and my midwife weren’t too sure.
The kids were in the house when Kepler was born and they all got to hold him and spend time with him before the next day when we needed to take him to the pediatrician because of breathing issues, and we ended up in intensive care for a week.
Kepler is so full of joy. There is just something about him, the hugs and kisses he gives, his smiles, the sweet laugh he has.
There have been some challenging days trying to figure out what it means to have a child with DS. There have been many more days when there’s nothing to figure out — he’s just Kepler. We love him. Forever.
Happy Birthday, sweet boy.
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Hi, Siouxsie! My name is also Siouxsie & I'm a homeschooling/home-birthing mom from Texas. A friend of mine sent me the link to your blog because she couldn't believe she's run across someone else named Siouxsie, esp who homeschooled. I've followed your blog for a bit now without saying much but just had to send out a little note after reading this sweet entry about your darling Kepler. What a beauty he is! I'll be sure to have a little extra smile on when your entry pops into my head as the day goes along. Happy New Year!
Welcome Siouxsie! Thank you so much for leaving a comment and for your sweet words. How fun to find another Siouxsie! Happy New Year!
Happy birthday Kepler! We miss you!