Jodi was pregnant for the second time when she was told that she was expecting twins. Jodi and Matt already had a son, Finley.
They were looking forward to expanding their family with the two identical twin girls.
The girls, Abigail and Isobel, were born six weeks prematurely.
And the doctor who received them told the parents the five words that would forever be etched in Jodi’s memory: He said, “I’m sorry.”
The doctor went on to say that both girls had Down syndrome.
In the following days, doctors and nurses spoke to Matt and Jodi as if something terrible had happened.
“On that day, I didn’t feel like a mother. I just felt confused and lost,” Jodi admits.
When the parents finally returned home with the girls, they received neither information nor help about children with Down syndrome.
They thought their girls would never walk, talk, or finish school.
How wrong they were.
Today, Abigail and Isobel are seven years old. Jodi has thought a lot about what the doctor meant by his words.
“To this day, I don’t understand what the doctor was upset about. I wish I could meet him today and ask why.
But children are gifts from God, whether they are perfectly healthy or not,” says Jodi.
She says she loves her children more than anything and does not see having a baby with Down syndrome as a punishment or something sad.
“We wouldn’t trade them for anything else in the world. They make everyone laugh and smile,” say the parents.