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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lauren Elise Smithwick

It was 5 weeks ago today that we found out that our sweet Baby Smithwick had passed away at 10 weeks gestation. On Tuesday, we received the news we have been anxiously waiting for since that awful day - why it happened.

Our baby tested positive for a chromosomal disorder called Trisomy 21 - otherwise known as Down syndrome. A child with Trisomy 21 has three copies of chromosome 21 — instead of the usual two copies — in all of his or her cells. This form of Down syndrome is caused by abnormal cell division during the development of the sperm cell or the egg cell. Down syndrome can be a cause of miscarriage and stillbirth. It is estimated that as many as 80% of babies conceived with Trisomy 21 are miscarried or stillborn, and Trisomy 21 may cause as many as 2% of all miscarriages and 1% of all stillbirths.

We were told that having another child with Down syndrome is about a 1 in 100 chance. And parents who have conceived a child with Down syndrome have a 1% increased risk of conceiving another child with Down syndrome.But, that it doesn't increase our risk for another miscarriage.

At this time, Fred and I do not have to go for genetic testing and were given the "go ahead" to start trying again. When we do get pregnant again, we have been encouraged to do the testing on our baby to find out whether or not it has Down syndrome.

We also found out that our precious angel was a girl. We decided to name her Lauren Elise Smithwick.

We know that Lauren is in Heaven with her two great-grandmothers and that she is perfect. We miss her daily and she will always be loved!

58 comments:

Jessica said...

I had no idea about those facts about Down Syndrome, I'm glad you found out the cause and got the go ahead to start trying again. Sending you lots of love and prayers my dear!

Joelle said...

Im so glad you have some answers now. I love the name you chose for your baby, its one of my favorites. Thinking of you and your hubby! - Joelle

Sarah said...

I love that name....so sorry that this happened, but I'm glad ya'll are ready to try again.

mrs.mfc said...

I'm so glad that the waiting is over and that you now know the details of what happened. Not that it makes things easier, but just so you aren't left asking so many questions. I hope you were able to find some comfort in the results. You chose a beautiful name. Whenever you two decide you're ready to move forward and start trying again, I wish you lots of luck. Luck getting pregnant quickly and lots of luck that everything progresses smoothly and you have a healthy baby. xoxoxo

star said...

What a beautiful name! Its good to hear you finally got the answers you were looking for. I am still praying you girl!

Heather said...

Beautiful name for a beautiful angel.

Kristen :) said...

I love her beautiful name. I hope Lauren is playing in Heaven with my angels too :)

There's No Place Like Memphis Mama said...

Love the name. I am glad you got some answers. There is one more beautiful angel in heaven now.

French Lover said...

I'm so glad you got some answers and can start trying again. Lauren Elise is a beautiful name <3

Bisous :)

Simply Amy said...

What a beautiful name that y’all gave her.

Natasha said...

Caroline--you are such a strong inspiration to so many people. Thanks for posting this...I'm sure it's very emotional, but very informative for others who may not know about these things. I'll be praying for you, and I know God will take care of you and your family--the ones here, and the ones in heaven.

Jax @ JaxandMarbles said...

Thanks for posting this...such a great, emotional, read! xoxo!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

Such a beautiful name!! You have a perfect little angel up in heaven!

Wishing you success and many prayers during your journey to start trying again.

Kristin said...

I am so glad you were able to get some answers! That must be a huge weight lifted. I absolutely LOVE the name and now you have a little angel on your side while you continue this journey.

Michelle (michabella) said...

Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Her name is beautiful. Praying for you both on the journey to try again! <3

PaigeR530 said...

This is information that I knew nothing about, thank you so much for sharing it. I love that they were able to tell you that you have a sweet daughter, and she has a beautiful name. Praying for you that Lauren's baby brother or sister is conceived soon and arrives healthy.

Molly said...

Oh Caroline, I'm so glad you got the answers you so desperately wanted and needed. I am praying for the health and success of another pregnancy for you and Fred. What a beautiful name you gave to your sweet angel!

caley-jade rosenberg said...

I am glad that you have now been given answers and some closure, and you may be at peace knowing your little princess is now one of God's little angels.

You are in our prayers x

Kate said...

Beautiful name. :) Praying for you often. <3

Nicole said...

Praying for your hearts. Sweet Lauren is so blessed to have such loving parents like you and Fred.

BeckyJo606 said...

Such a beautiful name for such a sweet baby! I will be praying for your family.

Stephanie said...

The name is so beautiful! I know that she will be y'alls angel in heaven.

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

sweet baby girl with a beautiful name. prayers for a healthy baby

Nathan Vaughn said...

I am so sorry this happened, but glad you could get some answers. You gave her such a beautiful name! You are right, you can rest on the fact that she is perfectly healthy in heaven right now. :)

Nathan Vaughn said...

Sorry, this is Ryan (Mrs. V)...I just realized my husband left his blogger logged in, so my comment showed up under his name. oops!

Kit said...

I am so sorry this happened to you guys!!! He name is just beautiful!! Glad you got the go ahead though!

Paige said...

I am so glad you have received some answers...blessings to you Caroline!

paige

Shari said...

I'm so glad you got the answers to the questions that I know were bothering you so. Beautiful name! My thoughts are with you and Fred. Have a great weekend in Chicago! :)

Danielle Staggs said...

What a beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl, Caroline! I have been praying for you guys, and I'm so glad you finally have some answers. I'm also so thankful for our loving God's promise, that you will be with her one day, and until then, you have an amazing angel, sitting in the lap of Jesus, watching over you, Fred, and Knox! Love you!

Lauren said...

I know our little ones are up there having a ball together and mind is showing Lauren the ropes. :-) Love her name (obviously) and am praying God continues to give you and Fred peace.

Carolyn said...

It's a gorgeous name. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I know she's in heaven with her great-grandma's being loved. :)

Emily said...

You picked a beautiful name, so glad you can start trying again. Thinking and praying for you and Fred!

Missy said...

Such a beautiful name! Sending prayers for you and your hubby.

Adrienne Gomer said...

aww, this made me tear up. i'm so glad you got some answers, i know it doesn't make it easier but at least you have some piece of mind.

erin said...

It really is a beautiful name. I hope it gave you some measure of comfort to know that your baby was a girl so you could name her. I hope you and Fred have a wonderful time together this weekend and that God continues to minister to your hearts.

J and A said...

Oh Caroline. So glad you got the answers you needed. Her name is beautiful. What a strong post. Sending hugs.

Mrs. H said...

So glad to hear that you guys got some answers.

Leslie said...

I am so thankful that you are able to know a little bit more about your sweet daughter, and that you were able to give her such a beautiful name. Blessings to you and Fred as you move forward!

Lindsey @ Running Down A Dream said...

I will be saying a special prayer for you tonight. Lots of love to you and Fred.

Meagan said...

I hope finding all this out gives you some peace and I know the day will come when you hold your precious baby in your arms. Lauren is our girl name! You are always in my prayers sweet friend!

timlinzrowland said...

Thinking of you today and saying a sweet prayer for you!
A sweet girl little girl....I had no clue they could tell that early.
You gave her such a beautiful name!

Mateya said...

Lauren Elise...such a beautiful name!

Praying for you and Fred as you move forward in this journey!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Aww, I'm so sorry about your baby girl! Prayers to you.

Ben and Emily said...

Still praying for you, friend.

Rachel said...

Thank you for sharing this with us. What a gorgeous name. I hope you are feeling comfort now what you have answers to some of the uncertainty.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I am so glad that you were able to receive answers. Please know I am continuing to pray for you and Fred and of course thinking of sweet Lauren in heaven. She is an angel looking down on you guys.

Mrs. Bear said...

I have been away from my google reader for quite some time... so I did not know any of this happened. I am so so so sorry to hear about your loss. May little Lauren rest with the angels. I hope that you and Fred are doing well.

Lindsi said...

Beautiful name for a beautiful baby girl! :) I'm sure her two great-grandmothers are spoiling her rotten---just like they should be. Praying that God blesses your socks off with another pregnancy in His due time!

Wiz said...

THis is the first time visiting your blog but I just wanted you to know that I went through the same thing back in October. We chose to forego genetic testing so we dont know why, but all the same, I know how heartbreaking the ordeal is.

I am now pregnant with a little girl due in just over three weeks. I never would have had this little girl if things didnt turn out the way they did.

Have fun on your trip. Everyday gets easier.

Mrs. Mama said...

Very beautiful name. I am sure Lauren is keeping a close eye on her beautiful parents and future children.

Molly said...

I am so sorry about your little Lauren. God has a reason for everything and I'm glad you got some answers to hopefully bring you some peace.

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

You are such a delight and I can appreciate you sharing this as we know so many people can relate. Praying for sweet gifted Lauren!

Tiff said...

Love her name! Yall are amazing parents..

Ashley said...

Wow - I am so so sorry, although know y'all were awaiting an answer. God has a plan for the two of you and he knows the desires of your hearts. Good luck with moving forward and I pray for health and happiness in the next pages of your jounrney

Lindsay said...

I love her name. I'm glad that you have found peace knowing that she is in heaven. I'm praying for you guys and your next attempt at pregnancy.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I'm glad to hear that you guys were finally able to get some answers. I'm so sorry that this happened to you both though.

Amber said...

Such a relief to have gotten some questions answered, I'm sure, but I'm so sorry. You guys gave her a beautiful name <3

Jackie Marable said...

We recently suffered a miscarriage at 18 weeks and found out it was also due to a chromosome problem (trisomy 13). I had remembered this post and it brings me such hope to see that you all have been successful in creating such a beautiful family after such a difficult loss. I hope one day we do the same!