I could just imagine the anguish of this younger mother when she found out her newborn daughter had Down syndrome. And because of the lack of education as to the potential of people with Ds in this country (and ours for that matter), I knew that she probably felt very scared and confused. I knew that she probably received a lot of pressure from her husband and family to abandon her daughter and just make this problem go away.
I'm quite sure she could not have imagined in that moment how beautiful and smart her daughter would turn out to be and how people's hearts would melt when they would see her smile and receive her hugs.
I'm sure she could never imagine that the child she already had would be willing to play with and teach his/her younger sister how to clap.
I'm sure she couldn't imagine that this little baby would make her older brother/sister laugh and see life in a much better way just because of who she is.
I'm sure she couldn't imagine that a father would be willing to take the time to make sure this little girl learns how to walk steadily on her own two feet.
I'm sure she couldn't imagine that her daughter would ever learn how to read or function in a global society that continues to place people with special needs in a different category than the rest of us.
I'm sure she felt love for her baby girl when she first held her in her arms but her fears of the unkown most likely kept her believing that this was not something she could handle.
So that's why I just knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that our daughter's name needed to be:
NADIA IRINA FERGUSON
Once I explained all of this to Marina, she paused for a moment, and then whispered to me that none of her families had ever named their child after the birth mom. I guess we'll be the first then. :)