We would like to share our life with you and hopes that in some way it helps in yours….
My husband and I were so happy with our three very special boys but always felt as though our family was not totally complete we decided to try to have another child a few years back and we were so happy to find out I was pregnant. A couple months into the pregnancy we lost the baby and at the time thought that was a sign that we were to be happy with the three amazing children we already had, Tyler, Ryan and Nicholas……..Much to our surprise about a year later we received the good news (on my birthday no less) that we were having another baby! We were all so happy and oh how the boys prayed for a little sister- they said send it back if it is a boy we don’t want another brother!! The day we found out we were having a girl we were all so HAPPY it was a very precious and emotional day for us all! Brooklyn was due to be born on August 18th 2012 but decided to wait a couple more days to be born on her name sake -her late Aunt Kim’s Birthday August 20th. With all three of the boys I had a really good and quick labor but with Brooklyn she took a little longer and I had to have her by C-section but seeing her for the first time made it all worth while! She was the most beautiful little girl I had ever seen!
Just minutes after she was born the nurse told my husband that she had the characristics of a child with Dwarfism, they were not 100% sure so they would have to run some tests to verify it……When I finally was able to come into the recovery room from surgery the look on my husbands face was pure shock and he was so confused. The first words out of his mouth was “they think there is something wrong with her”…..The emotions I felt as he said those words will be something I will NEVER forget! The next few hours were the best and worst hours of my life……The not knowing what was “wrong” with my beautiful baby girl and the knowing that my beautiful baby girl was finally here- my beautiful baby GIRL! Finally when our pediatrician came in and explained to us what was going on and that we would have to have a bone scan done of Brooklyn to rule out brittle bone disease…WHAT did he just say! We were totally freaking out to say the least…..They thought she either had Brittle Bone Disease or Dwarfism and to be sure we had to have some blood work done and a bone scan done. The next few hours as we waited for the results were tough to say the least but I found myself praying that she was just going to be healthy and praying that she had Dwarfism and not Brittle Bone- When they came in with the results my husband and I were so relieved! Yes I said relieved……
The next few weeks were an emotional roller coaster for us……the feelings and emotions were all over the place, the anxiety of telling the boys, family and friends were overwhelming. When I was feeling a little sad and down I would then begin to feel guilt over feeling sad and down. It seemed as though each minute I had a new emotion! All of these feeling are quite normal Brooklyn’s pediatrician reminded us and he told us something that for us just made sense and made us realize that no matter how “small” Brooklyn may be she is our daughter and she will forever be “BIG” in our hearts! Our pediatrician reminded us that 1 in 25,000 children are born with dwarfism and someone higher up there CHOSE US out of 25,000 parents to raise her and give her the love and support she needs. We were chosen to be her parents – which made us pretty darn lucky!
Brooklyn has been diagnosed with Achondroplasia (the most common form of dwarfism) and other than being “little” she will be just like you and me. We hope to bring awareness to others on Dwarfism through this blog and also be here for other families going through what we recently went through. So please join us as we take you through the life of the our family!
The Ansbro Family,
David & Melissa
Tyler (AH), Ryan (AH), Nicholas (AH) and Brooklyn (Achon)