This post, again, is from the first blog I authored upon starting this journey with hydranencephaly, "Small Portion of a Life's Journey" Enjoy:
Some Mommies Get Babies with Something More
By Ali Harper, first posted in June 2009
A "new friend" who just happens to live fairly close to us in Myrtle Beach, posted this at her blog a while back. I loved it so much that I saved it to read over again. Carly has twin girls, one of which has holoprosencephaly (HPE). Holoprosencephaly, I believe, is what the doctors thought Brayden had before he was born. It is a condition where the brain does not grow forward and divide as it should during the early stages of pregnancy. Just like hydranencephaly, there are varying degress of HPE...basically the conditions are very similar in prognosis and treatment. Fortunately, her daughter is doing very well...
Here is the post that I stole from her previous mentioned blog (which she, in turn, stole from the Families for HoPE Facebook page), and I hope all of the mommies with extra special little ones enjoy as much as I:
My friend is expecting her first child. People keep asking what she wants. She smiles demurely, shakes her head and gives the answer mothers have given throughout the ages of time. She says it doesn't matter whether it's a boy or a girl. She just wants it to have ten fingers and ten toes. Of course, that's what she says. That's what mothers have always said.