Riley -Dup15q Family Story

July 20, 2022

Richie and I met on a blind date when I was 17 years old.  We dated for 6 years before we got married and we immediately found ourselves pregnant with our now 21-year-old son, Jared.   I always knew I wanted at least 2 children but we just couldn’t seem to make it happen.  It came as quite a surprise when we found out that we were pregnant with Riley when Jared was turning 12!  At that time, they considered me to be at advanced maternal age so they recommended all kinds of tests but we didn’t schedule them.  My pregnancy was easy and predictable and Riley was born on December 22, 2006 through a scheduled C-section.  We were both out of the hospital the next night!

Riley Family Story 4 1I don’t have any life-altering stories to say about the first two months but I had already noticed that her ears were a little low set and that her nasal bridge was quite flat/wide.  I wondered why she didn’t look into my eyes when I fed her.  A photographer wondered why they couldn’t get her to smile at her 6-week pictures.  She wasn’t turning her head when she was on her belly.  I could tell that her muscle tone was low.  I remember saying some of these things to my family and friends and they always brushed me off and told me I was just being overly sensitive and looking for something to be wrong.  (I am a Pediatric Physical Therapist by trade.)  I stopped sharing these thoughts with them, even with my husband.  When I had her at her 3 months check-up I told the doctor that I thought Riley might be blind.  He was shocked.  Long story short, he did some kind of test right there in the office and excused himself to c