the final countdown.

the final countdown.

Today’s musical interlude brought to you courtesy of Europe.

Bags are packed. All things baby have been set up, washed, placed and purchased.

Family and friends are all on standby. Camera batteries are fresh. Phones have been charged.

The boy is watching a movie to distract himself. I’m not quite sleepy, so I’m doing some editing work for a client, trying to take my mind off off what is in store for me tomorrow.

I’ve had my final meal of the day; I can’t eat anything after midnight.

I’ve cried. I’ve prayed. I requested that others do the same (pray, not cry).

I’ve done all that there is to do.

By this time tomorrow, I’ll be a mommy.


Wish me luck, y’all.

34 thoughts on “the final countdown.

      1. Welcome to glorious motherhood, and to the amazing and joyful journey that comes with parenting a child (or two, in my case) with Down syndrome.

    1. Thanks, Marissa…

      I’m getting there… so many emails and electronic shout outs to get to. I’ll try to have something by Wednesday… πŸ™‚

  1. I found your blog via Mommyish, and was really moved by the experiences you are sharing online. Thank you for sharing your stories. Your sincerity is inspiring, and the blog is such a special way to create some memories for your daughter and growing family. Wishing you a safe and speedy delivery today! Your wee daughter has clearly won the cosmic lottery when it comes to mums. Congratulations to you, your partner and your families, and welcome to the world to your wonderful new baby!

    1. Aw. What is this wet stuff in my eyes after reading your words? Surely allergy season can’t have started already? πŸ™‚

      Thank you, thank you for your kinds words. I started the blog for the exact reason you stated – a memory for my girl, and a way to let her know how much she was loved.

      I will continue to share as much and as often as I can. Hope you continue to read…


  2. I just read your story on Mommyish. As a mom to a 5 year old boy with Down syndrome, I can tell you that all the information in the beginning is scary and overwhelming, but as you get to know your baby, you realize that they are more like other babies than different. They need love and caring for. Some days are harder with special needs in your life, but that just makes the other days so much more enjoyable. You will never meet a mother of a child with Down syndrome who would ever wish that extra chromosome away. It’s unfortunate that doctors are misinformed. I hope you have a safe childbirth.

  3. Congratulation, hope you have the best labour possible and a safe delivery of your little sweetie. I have my own sunshine boy with T21 he rocks our world xxxx

    1. Hi Maxine…

      Our little Aisha may only be five days old, but already she’s the light of our lives. I never imagined how AMAZING this little girl would be. She’s a little superstar.

      Thanks for your kind words.


  4. I just stumbled across your blog. I have a 4 year old with Ds (plus 3 others, 19, 17, and 14 yrs old). He’s awesome and we love everything about him. You and your new peanut, plus your boy, will be on my mind and in my prayers. Good luck to you new mama, it’s going to be fabulously wonderful!

    1. Aw, thanks so much, Meg!

      So far, Peanut is amaze-balls. Six pounds of awesome.

      I will be writing about her entry into the world soon!

      Thanks for reading!


  5. I am praying glorious, wonderful, exciting prayers for you!! I applaud your openness on this journey. I am just over 4 years past my daughter’s pre-natal diagnosis and her three and a half year old soul is one of my greatest blessings!! Your eyes and soul will be opened so far and so bare with your love for her and what will soon be all her little friends. There is no better surprise in life than that of your beautiful baby. She will amaze and surprise you! She knows no limits unless you define for her, let her soar!!! Congrats mama!

    1. Thank you, Dana!

      Aisha has swooped in and stolen our hearts. She is beautiful, peaceful and possibly the most cuddly baby I’ve ever come across. I think we’ll keep her.

  6. Congratulations Joanne!!!!!! Can’t wait to see pictures! Our sweet Neely has Down syndrome and is absolutely AMAZING!! We are also adopting a little girl from China who has Down syndrome and hope to travel in March! God bless!

  7. Hi! I’m so happy for your decision and I hope you’re all doing well and that your precious treasure
    has arrived safely! Terrible to read about the doctors who tried to sell in abortion! Whatever path you’ll take you will do excellent, I’m very sure. When we expected our first daughter we asked ourselves if we needed the tests “just in case” and after talking about it we figured “what are we supposed to do with info on our baby that would show a higher probability for some diagnosis?” We decided not to check anything and that we’d have the baby we’d have. And we did! 45 minutes after her birth (week 34) doctors lifted that they’d spotted a bunch of markers for Morby’s Down. It was a chock but then again, we had our previous decision to lean against – which was great! Isabel is beautiful and now, closing in on her 7th birthday (21st of March!) she’s showing us more and more of her wonderful personality! She’s awesome! She’s teaching us life, together with her little sister!
    Wish you all the best, Mommy, and congratulate you for this new life! Take care, lots of love/Miriam

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Miriam… And Isabel’s birthday is quite the auspicious day! πŸ™‚

      Right now, Aisha’s daddy and I are just trying to work out who gets to love on her more. She’s the absolute light of our lives. I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter baby. We’re so in love.

    1. Maggie,

      As with everything related to Aisha, the birth was quite the event. I’m still recovering and looking for a way to write about it. She is here, she’s adorable, and I’m so, so happy.

      Pics to come!

      1. I would love to add you on FB, my last daughter khia who is now 15months old surprised me and dr by being born with a little something extra πŸ™‚ I would luv to share the story I wrote about her when she was 2 months old with you. she is the biggest blessing ever. God knew exactly what I wanted and needed. I’m a single mom of 5 so it is hard but I luv her a million times more than I knew I would, if you would add me on FB that would be great, my name on there is Lynette Walker

      2. HI Lynette, I will definitely find you on Facebook. That would be wonderful. i definitely want to network with more parents who have kids with DS. THanks so much.

        FIVE kids?! Wow… I thought I was a little ambitious for wanting three! πŸ˜€ You’re very lucky. If I can squeeze one more out of my boyfriend, I’d be amazed.

  8. I read about you from a link on babycenter. I promptly read your whole blog! You are a fantastic writer…love your humor.

    I have a son with DS who recently turned 3. He is the light of our lives. We wouldn’t trade him or change him for the world. He’s really just like his brothers. There’s not that much to this special needs stuff. Maybe a few extra appointments, but the schedule works itself out.

    Welcome to motherhood! Looking forward to hearing about your girl’s entrance and early days. And praying her health is strong

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Christy… πŸ™‚

      I’m learning that Aisha is just like any other baby – eat, poop, sleep… and she’s just as adorable (maybe even more so…but I think I’m just a biased proud mama – hee!)

      Hope you continue to read on… It’s been five days since her birth, and already what an adventure!

  9. Hello, welcome Aisha! I just saw your post on FB and started to read your blog. Our son Aiden is 2yrs old and is a beautiful as ever!! I would like to invite you to join a group on FB with lots of parents of colour and their little blessings! Congratulations!

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