My three very young sons were keeping me on my toes and the thought of a baby sister or brother seemed to bring such excitement to an already very busy household. Our dreams of having a daughter to complete our gorgeous family meant that this was an eagerly awaited event full of anticipation.
Chatter, chatter, chatter! Hayley just never stops! Some people have difficulty understanding her but I'm so used to it and the Makaton helps too. For some reason she was telling me how much she loved me.
"I love you too my beautiful daughter," I replied.
"There are three daughters aren't there mum."
"No Hayley. You are my only real daughter. But I do have two lovely daughters in law." The conversation then turned to how they became Daughters in Law and how Hayley wanted to get married and wanted to find a boy she loved to marry.
Drifting into a reverie of nostalgia I began to recall the day I found out that my youngest child had an extra chromosome and would be born with Down's syndrome. It wasn't the best day of my life. In fact it was quite dreadful because I hadn't yet had a chance to meet this stranger that would change our lives for ever. But they say every cloud has a silver lining and here, sat next to me was the wonderful young lady that had given us so much joy and had enriched all of our lives as a family. A golden lining!!
This is my Hayley. My beautiful daughter, who, in a few weeks time will be leaving home just like so many other youngsters to go to college.
"I love you so much"
"I love you too"