This is my husband, Luke, and me- we celebrated our 7th anniversary this year. We lived in San Diego for a few years while Luke finished his enlistment in the Marine Corps and I finished college. We moved back to Denver, where we both grew up, in 2005. Luke is a software engineer for EMC. I worked for Boulder County until August.
The dogs were forced to take the back seat this spring when we welcomed our daughter, Piper, into our lives. What a blessing she has been! She was born on May 11, eight weeks early. She weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces and was 15 1/2 inches long. We were so excited to meet her, we just didn't think it had to be quite that soon.
When I was 17 weeks along with Piper, we found out that she had Down Syndrome. While it was a shock, and took some adjusting to, our love for her was never stronger. We had many appointments after that to make sure that everything was going well. At about 26 weeks, Piper was diagnosed with Duodenal Atresia. This is one of the most common issues that kids with Down Syndrome have. It's when the lower part of the stomach doesn't connect to the upper part of the intestine. She had surgery on her second day of life to correct it. Thanks to amazing surgeons, it was done laproscopically (which isn't done many places) even though she was so tiny.
So that's our family (minus the chinchillas in the basement, but they're camera shy). Join us in our journey, wonchya?