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New Kiids Website

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Kiids in the news | 1 comment

Welcome to our new website! We are so excited to have a new look and keep everyone up to date about what’s happening in our group. We put a lot of time and hard work into building the site so we’d love to hear what you think about it! The pictures that are on the home page slide show were shot by Claire Bunn who generously donated 2 days last October to take pictures of the amazing families in our group. For more information about Claire, here’s her web page:...

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The Cajigas Family

The Cajigas Family

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Our Kiids | 0 comments

We are the Cajigas family….Manny was born on February 17th 2011! He is lucky #7.  He has changed the way we look at life in a wonderful way! His full name is Emanual which means”God is with him”.  Rick and I feel like we were hand picked to have this angel in our life..So blessed.

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The Machinsky Family

The Machinsky Family

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Our Kiids | 4 comments

This is Gavin! Born August 2011. We were unaware of his diagnosis until after his birth. In the beginning, we were scared, sad and unsure about what the future would bring. Fast forward 2 years, he is an active, fun and healthy toddler. His smile and warm hug will melt your heart. We joined KIIDS shortly after his birth and it was the best decision we ever made. We were welcomed with open arms and it didn’t take long to realize that these kids are just that…kids. They’re just like everyone else. We were reminded that we will have our share of challenges but his accomplishments will far outweigh any of them. Gavin has made us all better people: we’re more compassionate, patient and grateful for health and life. He is a huge blessing to us all. He is destined for...

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The Compton Family

The Compton Family

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Our Kiids | 0 comments

2008 had been a difficult year for us.  We had a baby in the second trimester followed soon after by an early miscarriage. After numerous doctor visits to confirm I was healthy, we found the courage to try again. Unlike my first 3 pregnancies, it took us quite a while to get pregnant.  But finally in February of 2009, the test was positive- we did it! We were anxious, but excited. Things progressed normally.  My OBGYN offered a new screening.  Sure, why not. I’m sure everything will be fine.  We had been through so much already, and the testing would provide us with a bunch of extra ultrasound pictures. The first ultrasound would be in the first trimester.  How exciting! They took all the necessary pictures and measurements.  They had me wait in the consultation room where I met with the Antenatal doctor. I was confident everything would be okay, but it wasn’t.  The doctor was concerned about an elevated nuchal translucency.  Apparently, it was significant.  Although I got him to admit it could resolve and be nothing, this measurement was often indicative of one of the trisomy syndromes.  It had to be nothing!  He tried to schedule a chorionic-villi test of the chromosomes, but I refused.  There was no way I was going to risk this miracle baby for my piece of mind.  I would continue with the screenings until a major problem presented, but until that time I would try to continue with the pregnancy as though everything was fine. Each ultrasound got better- the fluid was absorbing, but there was still more than there should be.  Thankfully some good news- the heart was normal.  Different subtle red flags would pop up- like mild hydronephrosis and a small choroid plexus cyst- all normal variants, but grouped together made the doctor suspicious. But they would disappear by the next ultrasound.  Once or twice the doctor said, “This kid looks great!” He would be cautiously optimistic baffled by my refusal for an amniocentesis to end the mystery. At 16 weeks, we knew for sure it was a boy.  I had so many ultrasound pictures that it was clear even...

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