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Meghan came to us on July 7, 1999 at 12:12 AM. 7-7-99 at 12:12--should have told us she was going to be no usual baby! At first we noticed the typical strawberry mark or stork bite on her forehead, nose and upper lip.  We thought to ourselves how kids would tease her but other than that she seemed wonderful.  We did notice the big toes and thumbs but didn't worry too much about it. Little kid hands always looked a little weird, didn't they?

The day after she was born her pediatrician gave us the news that she might have some kind of a syndrome.  Big toes and feet, storkbites on her forehead, nape of her neck and the small of her back, weak muscle tone, short perineal body…"What?  WHAT?

W-H-A-T?"  A week later he told us he thought he had found it, RTS. We were shown horrible, grainy black and white pictures from the 1950's. Words like microcephaly, hypertonia, palperpal fissures were thrown at us.  Everything stopped however when in our fog we heard the words "mental retardation." No, not that, we thought. We were prepared for some kind of syndrome where the kids need big-thumbed mittens and maybe thick glasses but not mental retardation.  We were devastated. Turns out we needn't have been.  Who knew?

We spent a week or so trying to recover and predictably read everything we could about RTS on the web.  BIG MISTAKE! We didn't realize that not every problem would apply to Megs or that we were concentrating completely on what she wouldn't do and not at all on what she would do. Meghan entered early intervention at two months and her therapists not only gave therapy to Meghan but to her parents as well. We began to see her achieving "mild-stones" along her way. She sat and smiled at the normal timeframes. By 14 months she was crawling. At 21 months she walked! Today she is 8.  She can sing along with certain songs, loves to watch Barney, Blues Clues and Riverdance. (she knows all the dances too)  She attends a regular school where she is mainstreamed for part of the day and has her therapies, speech, OT, etc for the rest of the day.  Her speech has come a long way, especially in the last year and although she still struggles to improve she always finds a way to let you know what she wants, especially if it's "NACK!" (snack)  She has been remarkably healthy and we consider that an immeasurable blessing. Other than two broken arms (you can never baby-proof your home enough it seems) she has had two bouts with RSV that landed her in the hospital, a couple of eye surgeries to correct a v-shaped exotropia and chronic constipation.

Even though at first it was tough to see anything good in all this, today we have learned so much from Megs and love her so much that it's impossible to imagine life without her. She is an absolute joy who amazes us constantly. At first when we saw her we only saw RTS. Now, we just see Meghan, exactly as God intended her to be, perfect. So all you new RTS parents try not to fret TOO much (easy for us to say) but enjoy your new babies and love 'em.  And take LOTS of pictures and video just as you would with any typical child.  Believe me, you'll be glad you did.

 Any new parents with questions feel free to e-mail us at

 imcc29@hotmail.com

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