It is funny that now I get a little pang when I hear "they had a healthy baby...". Never thought about it before Cate but when someone says that they mean the baby doesn't have down syndrome or any other genetic issues in addition to the obvious general health items. The first book I looked after after Cate was born descibed every conceivable medical issues she might have from ear infections, to heart defects, intestinal defects, dementia, increased risks of some cancers, on and on and on. So in turn, my thought after the diagnosis was that Cate was not a healthy baby. And because she had a complete AV Canal Heart Defect in some ways she was not a healthy baby but too look at her you couldn't tell. Cate was adorably chubby, very pink and very happy as a baby and until she was 6 months old she never had an ear infection, cold, or fever so all in all she was pretty healthy. Cate's heart defect of course was way more scary than her having Down Syndrome when she was an infant. There is nothing like a stay in the NICU to put things in perspective - those babies there had much scarier problems then DS. I worried about Cate's heart until months after her surgery. But she never worried about it at all - her body kept right on growing and bounced back from open heart surgery after only a 6 day hospital stay.
|Cate on the way to open heart surgery - 5/9/06|
|Daddy & Cate first nap at home post surgery - 5/15/06|
|Cate giving a performance - Dec 2011|