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Feeling Thankful

Feeling Thankful
It has been about a year since we found out via ultrasound that our sweet baby, Piper, was going to be special. As I look back throughout this time period, I realize just how thankful I am for the many people in our lives especially my sister and brother in law, Mike and Renee and my mother and father in –law, Jim and Inge. They always believed that our daughter would be ok and took care of us when we needed them most. At 18 weeks pregnant we were told that our daughter would probably not survive her birth and that she had a lethal form of dwarfism. We were advised by one doctor and a few others, to terminate our pregnancy. Inge held my trembling body and whispered “She will prove them wrong – just you wait”. When we were told that she had 7 toes and clubbed feet Renee laughed and said “She will just have funny looking feet like my brother but she will be okay”. When I was in the hospital on bed rest for weeks, Renee and Mike bathed our other babies at night and helped my husband put them to bed. Inge and Jim cared for our three other girls for days. While my husband Matt worked they all supported and were so proud of him for the beautiful job that he was doing coping with everything. One night Inge even slept on our four year old daughter’s floor because she missed her mommy. They would bring our girls to the hospital and when I told them news that would break our hearts, they smiled and held me and said that they believed in her. At the time I was so angry at them and frustrated because I thought that they were in denial and that when she was born that they would be devastated. I was mad at them for believing in her and having faith, but in so many ways they kept me from losing my mind and gave me a small glimmer of hope. On the day that she was born I only wanted people who believed that our baby would be okay in the waiting room during her birth. When she was born and her tiny lungs cried my mother, father, sister, and brother in law cried too and for the first time in my life I loved hearing the words “I told you so”. We stared at our precious gift, our Piper Hope. We now know that she has a non- lethal form of dwarfism called Kniest Dysplasia and she is one of less than 300 people in the whole world with her disease. Oh and by the way she only has five toes on each foot and they are perfect. In the words of my mother-in law “She is that best gift that our family has ever received”. As we approach Thanksgiving I am thankful for our special baby and for the fact that she has such a loving family who believes in her!

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