My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 1

My boyfriend and I had been dating for two years when we decided to take the next step and get married customarily. He approached my family and the date for lobola was set for the 27th of September 2015. We were so in love and couldn’t wait to be formally joined together so we went ahead doing married people’s business while we waited for the big day.We used condoms as contraceptives but one day we were naughtier than usual and we didn’t use one. I drank a morning after pill and we decided not to be that risky again until we were actually trying to get pregnant so we went back to our trusted contraceptive.

You can imagine our surprise when in July we found out that I was pregnant! The timing could’ve been better but we loved each other and had decided to start a family anyway. So, it happened a few months before we wanted it to but we were happy. I decided not to tell my parents and although my mother noticed it the day I went home for the lobola proceedings, she was awesome and didn’t tell my father until only after the ceremony was done and everyone welcomed the news with joy.

Besides heart burn and morning sickness, I can say I had a relatively good pregnancy. I went for regular check ups and because I enjoyed seeing my daughter, I went for scans every month and the doctors assured me that everything was normal. It was only after she was born on the 2nd of March, very floppy, that they suspected she had down syndrome. Tests were done and 2 weeks later, it was confirmed that my baby girl had an extra chromosome. Join me for the next few weeks as I share our wonderful journey with you.

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