Our precious Parker Andrew Font came into the world at 3:46am on Saturday, May 23, 2009, weighing 6 lbs 9ozs. He joined our family as "version 4.0" as our dear friend Joe calls him, baby brother to Taylor (10), Mallory (7), and Madeline (5). What a joyful arrival! Mallory had prayed the entire year of Kindergarten for a baby and God answered her prayers! Madeline earned the title "big sis" which she proudly announces to all she sees! We left the hospital happy and excited to have our family "complete." Parker had no concerns in the hospital, had a normal newborn evaluation, passed his hearing test, and had 8 and 9 Apgar scores. We were not at all prepared for the news we received next...at his 1 week Dr appt, his Dr wanted to test his for Down syndrome due to "low set ears." His Dr. didn't seemed concerned, just wanted to be sure. Said he didn't have any of the other typical markers. After an agonizing almost 2 week wait we received the news that he did indeed test positive for Down syndrome (Trisomy 21). If that shock wasn't enough we then went to the "precautionary" Cardiologist visit (50% of Downs kids have heart issues) and were told he had the most "common" major heart defect and will need open heart surgery at 4-6months. He has a complete AVSD for those of you that are medical gurus. We wanted a way to keep everyone updated on our progress in this unexpected journey; knowing that God has a plan and a purpose for Parker's life. We anticipate God's best!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 Our unexpected journey with Down syndrome, babies with heart conditions, T21, and AVSD.
Lara, 40 year old wife to Michael (married 17 years, best years of my life)! Mom to 4 wonderful kids! Taylor, 11, Mallory, 8, Madeline, 6, and Parker born 5/23/09. We found out after delivery Parker has Down syndrome and a complete AVSD. He was scheduled to have open heart surgery at 4-6months, but God intervened! His surgery was postponed until July 2010 and God healed his VSD hole in the process. So, on July 20, 2010, Parker had open heart surgery to repair his transitional AV canal defect. He was in ICU for less than 24hours and home in 72 hours. We never looked back! I own an Executive Search Firm focused on Accounting/Financial placement (used to work in Big 4). Actively involved in my kids activites and school; all are competitive swimmers and son Taylor plays tournament baseball. Girls do tumbling as well. Avid runner and boot camp fanatic. Used to be a competitive figure skater growing up. LOVE to shop, ebay/etsy crazed, addicted to Starbucks non-fat lattes, a child of the KING, thankful that we are saved by faith and grace!