Not sad or unfortunate
The print version of the Living story “Older moms are becoming increasingly common” (Aug. 20 and TribLIVE.com) appeared with an “Age issues” sidebar that said older women have a higher chance of giving birth to a baby with a chromosomal defect, such as Down syndrome, portraying that like it's a sad, unfortunate event. It's not — period.
My “older mom” gave birth to my Down-syndrome sister on June 12, 2011. About halfway through her pregnancy (her 10th), we began to notice signs of Down syndrome, such as almond eyes and a little dimple nose (proving my mom's theory that Down-syndrome babies look like leprechauns). When Annie was born, I was so excited to have a sister (after two boys), let alone one with Down syndrome!
I thought of the kids at school who have disabilities. I had already planned her career! When Annie was born, she had failure to thrive due to aspiration. Now, she is feeding herself with a spoon! She is great! Her biggest feat? Jumping at age 2! Yeah! Whether she's swaggering around the doctor's office or meeting med students, she is a joy to all!
The writer, 12, is a student at St. Thomas More School in Bethel Park.