Introduction to Annabelle and Lanie


I am not going to lie… I cried a lot during my pregnancy. A LOT! I was scared, and wondered why my daughter was the one who had Down’s syndrome while people all around me were having these adorable, perfect, and healthy little babies. I can honestly say that having Annabelle is 1,000 times better than being pregnant with her. My tears have dried up. They have been replaced with a commitment to love her, teach her, and grow with her. I always knew that I would love her, but after she was born, I was reminded of how unconditional it would be. I am truly looking forward to my future with her. I can’t wait to watch her grow and thrive.

So far, life isn't any different having a baby with Down syndrome. We have had a few extra doctor appointments, since Annabelle does have two holes in her heart that will need repair, but other than that, nothing has changed much. Our life is good, and happiness is still a choice, just like it was before she was born.

For the past few days, I have looked into her precious eyes and know that she needs me. She needs me for comfort, for food, and for love. And honestly, I need her too. She brings me joy. Her smile melts my heart and fills that empty place in my soul that was so terrified that my life would never be the same. Today I am thankful for all three of my wonderful children. They keep me grounded. They give my life purpose.

–Lanie, mom to Annabelle


(The above introductory is an excerpt taken from Dr. Julia Kinder Blog written by Lanie, mom of Annabelle and Dr. Julia Kinder.)

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  • Beth

    Perfectly said! Annabelle is beautiful :)

  • Stephanie Fredin

    Your sweet daughter is so lucky to have a mom like you! God knew you both would be perfect for each other! All the best to you both!

  • Michael Greyson

    Great comments about these precious children. I have a 7 1/2 year old Down Syndrom daughter. She is a blessing and has taught me so much about unconditional love. When she was 3 years old, her mother decided that she could not raise her for the rest of her life. I understand it is hard sometimes to accept the things that come into our lives but not for one minute did I not want me daughter. She was 3.2 lbs when she was born, had to have her tonsils and adnoids out when she was 19 motns old, was on a CPAP machine until she had her operation and currently is not speaking. She communicates fabulously and when I come home from work after a bad day, my little girl hears me come in and runs to me so that I will pick her up for a hug. Nothing can match the feeling of experiencing the love of a little girl who loves her daddy. Continue to look at your Annabelle as a gift, a blessing, in spite of what people may say. What people don’t know or understand is scary but what we know is a blessing.

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