Meet Wesley

Down syndrome was not what I expected for my baby, but Wesley far exceeds any expectations I had for my son.

July 2017, after years of trying to conceive, we were blessed to announce our pregnancy. Wesley Ryatt was born April 4th, 2018 a big seemingly healthy baby boy. I knew the second I laid my eyes on him, he was extraordinary. Nearly 24 hours after birth the doctor sat me down to discuss health concerns. “ Your son has slight markers of Down syndrome” “ He’s not getting enough oxygen while eating , we need to transfer him to a bigger hospital “. In that moment I felt my whole life switch direction. Wesley spent one week in the NICU. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome as well as a minor heart defect. Every day during his NICU stay he made strides. He was the one holding on while I was falling apart. He was MY hero. Each day that passed another cord or wire was removed. The first time I heard Down Syndrome, all I could think about were all of the things he wouldn’t be able to do. Then I watched him work hard to eat without a feeding tube, breathe without oxygen. I watched him roll over at 2 weeks old, repeat words at 4 months old, I have watched him enrich the lives of everyone he meets. I no longer worry about the things Wesley can’t do, he’s proven himself in 6 short months of all the things he can and will do. Wesley is thriving. It took no time at all before “ God why me? What did I do to deserve this ?” Became “ Thank God it was me, what did I do to deserve him?” Down syndrome was not what I expected for my baby, but Wesley far exceeds any expectations I had for my son.

Kaylee Short

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