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geneva & one thrilled big sister and two very excited big brothers

12.18.09  |  Portraits

In late October I blogged about my beautiful friend jen and her kids getting ready for the newest addition to their family. Well on 11.19 Geneva Sandra arrived a perfect 7lbs 6oz.

Being that it is the holiday season i wanted to share their story.

At 20 weeks gestation Jen and her husband Eric were told that their child was missing an artery and at a high risk of having a fatal chromosomal defect called trisomy 18 - a combination which would lead to organ defects and delayed growth. The news was devastating but Jen and Eric kept faith that their child would be ok. Within a week of hearing the news, Eric went to the doctor for a cold that wouldn't go away and one chest x-ray later was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Suddenly their world was flipped upside down. Through all of the doctors visits,hospital stays, chemo treatments and tough decisions I watched as my friends handled it all with grace. I was in Key West when Geneva was born but I remember getting this email and being overjoyed for them:

"So, after many long months, to now hold in our arms this precious, beautiful work of His hands brings tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. Geneva was born without complication. She is beautiful and her growth is perfect. She is a true gift. The cysts on her brain are gone. The missing artery did not affect her growth at all. She did have some tests after birth to check her heart. There are two things they will monitor as she grows, but we were told there is no need for concern. We will go back for a follow up when she is 6-9 months old. The dr. said we should not worry, just enjoy and love her. That is what we plan to do!!!!!!!!"