Audrey and Cameron have a baby sister! Her name is Lexi and she was born on August 31st.
The labor was pretty fast. I was admitted to the hospital at 9:45am and had Lexi at 12:18pm. They placed her in my arms and I breathed a big sigh of relief. She looked perfect. 10 fingers and 10 toes and the whole deal. I held her to me and looked over every inch of her and felt huge relief.
But get this. She hadn’t even opened her eyes yet.
I had no idea whether she had aniridia. But it didn’t even matter. It really didn’t. I mean, I hoped that she didn’t… But it wasn’t my number one concern. After having a baby there is so much more to worry about. In fact, I didn’t even think about aniridia until Lexi opened her eyes and looked at me and I saw beautiful blue eyes with a little pupil in the middle. That’s when I looked up at my husband and my mom and told them she didn’t have aniridia. End of discussion.
What I really want to talk about today is Lexi’s 2 week appointment. It’s in an hour. As most of you probably know, it was at Audrey’s 2 week appointment that her aniridia was diagnosed. So this appointment scares me. I mean, technically medical conditions can be diagnosed at anytime… But for me, the 2 week appointment will always have a stigma.
I remember vividly walking into my pediatrician’s office with Audrey… Sitting in the waiting room… Not a care in the world really. In fact, I was playing video games on my phone. At the end of Audrey’s “perfect” appointment… I offhandedly asked her doctor about her big pupils. And that’s when everything changed. That was the beginning of our journey with Audrey’s Eyes.
After Audrey’s 2 week appointment I called my husband in tears. He rushed home from work. I called my mom in shock… She dropped everything and ran to me. An ordinary day became an unknown hell. We sat on the couch holding Audrey and wondering what the future held.
So I’m walking into Lexi’s 2 week appointment today with apprehension. Again, I have a list of questions for the doctor… But this time, I admit, I’m expecting anything. After Audrey’s rare diagnosis nothing will ever surprise me again… And I’ll never take anything for granted again. I think that’s sad… But it’s the way it is.