Category Archives: Abel

This photo was taken 5 years ago to the day. This was the first time I held Abel in my arms. The first time I laid eyes on my new son. The first time we fell head over heels in love with this child! But let me tell you something about what made this moment […]

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Someone was telling us today (as a form of encouragement I guess?) that it would be very difficult for us when we are in our 60’s and Abel passes away in his 20’s. (yes… I was making the same face you are.) And that’s not the first time a person has made mention to his […]

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We quit all therapies for Abel a few months ago and what a difference it’s made in our family. I’m not saying that therapy is bad (and I miss those sweet friends) it just wasn’t right for us…for Abel…for what I want him to become. I got weary of the checklist of what he was […]

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I wonder.I truly wonder if OB Doctors/nurses/medical staff handled the diagnosis of Down Syndrome differently….in utero and at birth, if they viewed it as just different and to be celebrated vs. acting like it’s a death sentence and talk in hushed tones and then come into the room and deliver somber news and walk out. […]

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These months have FLOWN by!!! Month 1:  Abel Darling, you spent the first week and a half in the hospital. When we showed up to meet you all the nurses huddled around because they couldn’t wait to meet the parents who were going to get to take home this treasure! You were super popular in […]

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I’m kinda excited that Abel has both Nevada and Hawaii as part of his “where did I come from” story.  Nevada was beautiful and the weather was amazing! I hope we will be able to go to the beautiful Hawaii someday as a family! I went to Las Vegas not ever planning on having a […]

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“I’d be VERY surprised if this baby leaves here before two or three weeks” said Abel’s Dr. to us on the phone as we were on the way to the Airport to come here. Well… I don’t think she took into consideration the power of your prayers. Because 3 days later we were hugging the […]

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We are totally smitten with this little guy!!! I can’t wait to blog his whole little story. (and I’m waiting only because I have some more questions that need answering and and I want to know the details better before I compile his incredible story of how he came to be a Chappell) Our hearts […]

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    This is the newest Chappell boys’ full name!! Dan and I agreed on it almost instantly. (and that almost rarely happens! ;)) Today we talked with the Dr. and Social worker today, both are super kind and helpful!! Here is what we know:  He was born at 37 weeks weighing 6lbs. 3oz. So […]

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