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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”
FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Our Daughter Regan

Anne Reinertson

After trying to get pregnant for several years and being told that our chances of conceiving were slim, my husband and I were shocked and elated to find out on February 14, 2005 that we were going to have a baby. We felt this child was a miracle meant for us, and we impatiently counted the months until we got to meet our daughter.
On October 7, 2005 at 2:32 am, our lives changed forever. Our beautiful daughter Regan Joan Reinertson was born. It was the happiest day of our lives, the moment we had prayed and longed for during all those years of infertility. Here was our miracle child. Later that morning, Regan’s doctor paid us a visit. She stated that Regan was suspected of having Down syndrome. We were shocked, surprised and scared. The happiest day of our lives turned into the most confusing day of our lives.

We knew nothing about Down syndrome. We just wanted Regan to be healthy, happy and to be able to lead a fulfilling life. We knew nothing about the potential medical problems that can occur. We had never met so many doctors in one day. Thankfully, Regan was born with no congenital health problems. However, we still worried what the future would bring for her. As we prepared ourselves to deal with the challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome, my husband turned to me and said he truly believed that Regan was going to change lives.

She has already begun to do just that. On her first birthday, my husband and I reflected back on the day she was born and both agreed that Down syndrome is nothing like we imagined it to be. Regan is her own person, just like you and me, and Down syndrome is just a small part of who she is and the woman she will someday become. She has been in Early Intervention since 3 months of age and she continues to amaze her therapists with her progress.
Regan loves to read books and can’t wait to turn the page to see what comes next. She also loves music. One of Regan’s first words was “pup pup” because our dog Maxx is one of her best friends. She crawls and will follow him to try to catch his tail.

We don’t think he likes the fact that she is on the move! She is such a character, with a personality all her own. We are so proud of her and cannot image our lives without her. I am constantly taking pictures of her to show her off.

We have an amazing family and our friends are equally as wonderful. Regan amazes them all and she is constantly surrounded by so much love. She has opened so many people’s eyes to Down syndrome and how it is not like the “typical stereotype” that much too often individuals who have DS are labeled with. I know as she grows she will continue to change everyone who is a part of her life and to change their perceptions of DS.

Recently, a friend (who has Regan’s pictures along with her own grandchildren’s pictures in her brag book) invited me to her family gathering, where I was introduced as “Regan’s Mother”. Later that day, my friend asked if I minded that people didn’t refer to me by name. I replied that it was one of my proudest moments. You see, I have waited my entire life to be “Regan’s Mother”.