In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st, Children’s Village is honored to share Kelly Baker’s story.
A self-professed planner with a bit of a type-A personality, Kelly Baker prided herself on being ready for anything. From little things like a weekly meal schedule to big things like buying a house and having children, Kelly never missed a detail.
But, as life seems to do, with its twists and turns, all of Kelly’s planning couldn’t prepare her for what 2012 would bring. After years of infertility and miscarriages, Kelly and her husband were looking forward to a new season of life with their son Riley. They got rid of baby furniture, outgrown clothing and marked the calendar for a vasectomy, permanently cementing them as a family of three.
A surprise phone call weeks before the planned procedure turned Kelly’s life upside down. She was pregnant! Kelly and her husband were shocked and elated, but nervous after experiencing many ups and downs in their previous quest to get pregnant.
The pregnancy proceeded well, and soon the happy couple were sharing their news and excitedly preparing their home for a new baby. But just weeks before Kelly’s due date, they got the surprise of their life. Kelly’s husband, a radio personality, had stage three tongue cancer, and needed extensive surgery to remove parts of his tongue and several lymph nodes. Two major surgeries, a stay in the ICU and a feeding tube later, Kelly brought her fragile husband home. They nervously anticipated the arrival of their new little one, balanced with the worry and chaos of her husband’s new diagnosis.
Just four days later, Kelly went into labor, three weeks early. Excited but nervous, Kelly had no idea that all of her planning and preparation wouldn’t prepare her for the next big surprise.