The Most Perfect Human
Illustration by Laura Korzon
Emily's life turned upside down when she learned her unborn daughter would have Down syndrome. What she didn't realize was how much better her life would be because of it.
When I learned that Isla had Down syndrome, I sank to the floor of my classroom, curled up under the desk, and sobbed while I waited for my parents to pick me up. A few weeks earlier we had our 20 week ultrasound and 15 minutes in I knew something felt off. The doctor came in and we learned we were having a girl ( I KNEW it!) and that there were several markers indicating she could have Down syndrome. I was shocked and scared. Having a child with special needs never crossed my mind as even a possibility. It was heart wrenching and the kind of pain that you never really forget. We grieved, as you often hear, the loss of what we expected. Our vision for the future was altered and that takes some time to adjust to.
When Isla was born, it was more than okay, it was magical. She was the most perfect human I had ever seen. I just knew the moment I met her that this was the future that I had been waiting for. I knew she would change my life for the better. She is everything I ever imagined and more.
I know now that Down syndrome doesn't have to be sad or scary. It's just one small part of the beautiful baby we always wanted. Look at that face! How can you be sad for even a second??
Emily supports Ruby's Rainbow
We found Ruby's Rainbow on Instagram. It was like looking into a crystal ball and seeing the possibilities for Isla. Ruby's Rainbow fills me with hope that Isla can have any future she imagines.