6 year anniversary
Would our sweet baby survive? Would he have Trisomy 18? If he did survive what would his quality of life be? We had so many questions and so few resources. I remember feeling so out of control. I remember thinking how could my sweet baby be so sick? I took care of myself. I was healthy and even took prenatal vitamins before I was pregnant. Brandon and I had wanted a baby for so long and now the baby given to us may not survive? Why? Why did you choose us God? Why did you choose my baby to go through all of this? Now, I know exactly why.
God’s plan is so perfect. Even if we did not understand it at the time, God had big plans for our little family. Brandon and I are so grateful and honored that God chose us to be Carter’s mommy and daddy. With the power of our God on his side, Carter has overcome the odds. We were told Carter had a high chance of having Trisomy 18 (incompatible with life). He did not. We were told due to all of Carter’s birth defects he may miscarry before being compatible with life. He did not. We were told Carter had a large open myelomeningocele. The doctors said it would affect him mentally and he would have no sensation below his waist. Carter has full sensation and right now he is mentally 100%. We were told to expect up to a six month stay in the NICU after Carter was born. He was discharged after 4 weeks. We were told, due to all of Carters birth defects we should consider an abortion. Just as God chose to give Carter life, we chose life. I could go on and on about all of the miracles I have seen in Carter’s short life. Carter is a miracle, a blessing and most of all a precious gift from God.