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Mom shocked by diagnosis (Penelope)

January 13, 2010

Age 30

Hello Well my name is Penelope and I am a mom of 3 beautiful children. My oldest daughter is 7 with a normal pregnancy and birth my second daughter is 3 with a normal 40 week pregnancy and birth. But after She had not passed the meconium and the doctors noticed her belly was veiny and distended they rushed her to the OR at 12 hours old. She under went surgery to remove the meconium that had hardened in her intestine. While she is recovering in the NICU my husband daughter and I play the waiting game,finally the surgeon comes to tell us that they suspect Cystic Fibrosis is the culprit in all of this. What is that ? We were both blown away , we had no idea what all this meant. It was confirmed after genetic testing that she did in fact have Cystic Fibrosis. I was in tears for about 3-4 months after that. She was released from the NICU at 3 months old…..My husband and I always wanted a lot of kids, but after this shocker, we didn’t feel right bringing another baby with a life threatening disease into the world. Although we felt strongly about this we were happy to find I was pregnant again!!!:) We wanted to know right away if the baby had CF. I underwent a CVS test and the test revealed the baby was free and clear of all CF genes and was not even a carrier. And it’s a Boy!!! So much stress went into that test we had to wait 12 weeks before we could take it and another 2 weeks for the results…..Anyway long story short, my little girl is doing well .With with all her therapies and feeding problems she is a normal energetic kid…… We are so blessed, Have never looked back and keep moving forward:)

These pics are 18 months post partum
7 year old girl
3 year old girl
18 month old boy

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10 Responses to “Mom shocked by diagnosis (Penelope)”

  1. shannon Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    You look great! I know the shock of finding out you baby has a medical condition…I am sad to say you can find me under child loss “missing my baby boy and expecting my second”…I am glad to hear your daughter is doing well! I had a very close friend who had CF, she passed away at 20 a little over 3 years ago. Her sister also had it and passed away at 17 this past April…I know another person with CF who is now 46 and doing great! There are different levels of everything…good luck and stay strong!

  2. deedee Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    wow you have amazing breast, im soo jealous!

    3 kids..i wouldnt even say one!

  3. Samantha Says:
    January 13th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Congrats on your little boy!!! You look so good for having even one baby let alone three!!!

  4. kat Says:
    January 14th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    you look great! all the best to you and your family.
    on the shallow note: did you use any kinds of lotions or oils to prevent stretchies? id love to know…
    thank u!

  5. Sarah Says:
    January 14th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    You have a fantastic body and your breasts are great! Such fantastic skin! No wonder you have a bikini tan line, you’ve got a rockin’ body to rock a bikini in! Congrats! And I’m glad your daughter is doing well!

  6. yuval Says:
    January 16th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    as a pediatricion, i can just imagine how all was so…hard
    anyway, you have 3 healthy and happy children
    enjoy them all!!

  7. penelope Says:
    January 21st, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you ladies I love this sight, keeps us staying and feeling postive.KEEP MOVING FORWARD
    About stretch marks, I’ve heard it has a lot to do with genetics. My mom and 3 sisters also have no stretch marks. We got lucky I guess. But for great skin use coco butter daily,aquaphor on your hands and feet daily, and baby oil everytime you get out of the shower before you towel off while you are still wet. Just pat your skin dry with a towel. I had bad skin for a long time and have been doing all these rituals for a while and now,my skin is much better:)Also if your Hubby wants to help ask for a body massage and make him use the baby oil. Your skin will be so soft in the morning.And it’s fun:)

  8. John Says:
    February 2nd, 2010 at 11:55 am

    You look wonderful and should be very happy with your body :)

  9. M Says:
    February 21st, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Wow I am impressed! You look absolutely fantastic, your chest and butt especially!!!!

  10. Greg Says:
    April 27th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Penelope, I was so sorry to hear about what you and your husband went through with your second child. But I was glad to hear she is doing well, along with your other two kids. You look great in these photos. Take care of yourself.


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