One woman in Texas who already had four children felt something different about her fifth pregnancy. When she finally gave birth, her midwife confirmed that her feelings were correct. Despite her baby being born with Down syndrome, she and her family feel that the family’s new addition is “perfect.”
As a mother of four children, Amber Rojas, 35, wanted to plan something different for her fifth pregnancy and decided on having “a surprise gender,” which was supported by her husband and children.
Through her pregnancy, she “knew that something was different,” but she “didn’t know why or what” and told her husband about it. Her husband told her that it was because they didn’t know the gender of the baby; thus, she felt that way.
“Toward the end of my pregnancy I could feel our baby breathe which was soooo different. No one believed me, but if you have been pregnant as much as I have been, you learn a lot about your body. It was fast and consistent. Not like kicks or hiccups,” Rojas wrote her story to Love What Matters.
She went into labor at 39 weeks and 6 days. The baby was born soon after she sat in a tub for her water birth.
“Next thing I knew, my sweet baby was in my arms and I had so many emotions; and as soon as I looked down, I saw it,” she wrote.
“I saw it in my baby’s face. I thought to myself … my baby has Down syndrome.”
Everyone was excited to see that Rojas had given birth to a girl, and she soon forgot about her baby having Down syndrome.
But she became worried again after she got out of the tub to nurse her newborn, named Amadeus.
“She felt really limp, and her eyes. We all have small eyes, but hers were small in a different way. I kept thinking, ‘Why isn’t anyone saying anything?’” she wondered.
“No one said anything so I thought I was crazy,” she wrote.
Then her midwife turned serious and said nervously to her, “I don’t want to worry you, but your daughter has a few Down syndrome markers.”
Though the hospital later confirmed that Amadeus has Down syndrome, Rojas and her family still love her all the same.
“To us, she’s like all the other babies we have had!” Rojas wrote. “She needs milk. She cries when she’s wet or uncomfortable. She smiles when she sees us, and we love her fiercely!”
“God gave us Amadeus for a reason. Our family was going a million different ways and Amadeus has brought us together. We are learning together about a whole community that we never knew anything about.”
“But at the end of the day she IS our baby and we are her FAMILY! To us she is perfect. We don’t see her diagnosis or her label—we see Amadeus Reign Rojas.”