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Giovanni ~ God is Gracious
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight!
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight!
Giovanni ~ God is Gracious

Giovanni means “God is gracious.” The meaning of my son’s name tells a story in itself. I received the news that my unborn child was diagnosed with a 99% chance of having Down syndrome when I was five months pregnant. The fetal specialist gave the diagnosis over the phone (how professional, right?) and gave me two options; she stated I could go in her office and talk about aborting or following through with my pregnancy. Well, by the time I hung up the phone I couldn’t breathe, I was hysterically crying feeling broken, sad, scared, frustrated, mad, disappointed, etc. Why me? What did I do wrong? It was such an indescribable mountain of emotions that I couldn’t explain to anyone, not even to myself. Then it hit me, I’m going to be a mom again! I started reaching out to my family, my close friends letting them know the news & I got nothing but positive vibes and well wishes. Since that day forward my life changed. I looked at life completely differently, I researched and educated myself as much as I could since I had no clue what Down syndrome meant and as the time got closer and closer to my due date I felt at peace. I was ready and I couldn’t wait to hold him. On February 22 he decided he was ready to meet us, making my delivery a whole 45 minutes long. I wasn’t even registered into the hospital by the time he was born. What a relief! My son was born with 10 fingers, 10 toes, two ears, etc. I was immediately in love for the second time. Gio has been nothing but one of the greatest blessings that I can ever imagine receiving. I feel lucky, special, honored and happy that God chose me to be his mom. In his short six years he has shown me a beautiful meaning to life. It’s ok to be different, it’s okay to stand out and to advocate for what you believe in. Just by being himself he has taught people to be kind to others, to always accept people for who they are not by how they are, to love your life and the people in it, to appreciate your accomplishments no matter how big or small they may be. All in all, he has taught me how to be a better person. I know all parents are proud of their children but I am beyond proud of all his achievements. He loves to laugh, dance, play, read books, give hugs and what I admire the most is, his heart of gold! I know that he still has a lot to learn as he will enter kindergarten this year and he will make us proud every step of the way. My wish is that one day everyone can cross paths with someone like my Gio so that their life can be changed in ways that you couldn’t imagine.




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ALLISON LOMBARDO, United States, NJ
8/15/2013 7:06:48 AM
awesome!

lina lopez, United States, NJ
8/14/2013 9:46:57 AM
beautiful! =)

Theresa Iwashko, United States, NJ
8/14/2013 9:01:54 AM
Such a beautiful story and an adorable little boy!

Kristen Jackson, United States, NJ
8/14/2013 7:47:25 AM
Such a beautiful story! As lucky as you are to have such a wonderful son, he's equally as lucky to have such a loving and beautiful mother.

Sinuhe Aguilar Gutierrez, Mexico,
8/13/2013 10:24:58 PM
Es una madre impresionante que ha hecho todo por sus hijos!!!!

Christine Matrisciano, United States, NJ
8/13/2013 9:36:14 PM
You guys are a wonderful family and Gio is amazing! He is lucky to have you all and you are lucky to have him! I am honored to be a part of his life also!

Tarina Colindres, United States, NJ
8/9/2013 8:42:41 AM
Sooooo beautiful,Rosie congrat Gio is an amazing kid god blessed you and your family.

Tarina Colindres, United States, NJ
8/9/2013 8:35:50 AM
So beautiful!!!!!!

Angelica Nunez, Mexico,
8/8/2013 7:19:16 AM
I think Gio is a living prove that God is here with Us. All his kindness and love are present in my Gio. Thank you for your hard work and efforts towards a better understanding of Down S. For you Rochi all I have is respect, you are an amazing mom and woman, you give a lesson every day to what it feels to be thankfull and what love is. God bless you.

Brittney Zander, United States, NJ
8/7/2013 7:09:16 PM
Beautiful Story. I admire you and your family.

Amy Marchell, United States, NJ
8/7/2013 2:18:10 PM
Rosa congrats for being the super mom you are for raising awareness on Down Syndrome and this beautiful story. I don't know Gio but viewing your pictures of him I can tell he is a sweet wonderful kid!! Again con grata to you and Sal for being phenomenal parents!!

gabriela yantin, United States, NJ
8/7/2013 1:21:07 PM
This came out Beautiful

Kristy van den Bosch, Canada,
8/7/2013 12:20:05 AM
Lovely story! Thank you for sharing.

Debra Ann Del Sardo, United States, NJ
8/6/2013 2:57:47 PM
Blessings to all! Children with any type of 'handicap' as decided by society are not handicapped in the eyes and heart of God, Angels, the Universe, family , friends, and even strangers they touch! They are blessings and closer to the pure innocence of the Angels and all that is good in the world. They show us the true meaning of unconditional love and strength. We need to see pass the 'handicap' and see the their heart, soul, and lessons they provide. You were Blessed with this lil guy! May you always treasure him and all the adventures he brings to all! Blessings, Debbie DS

Debra Ann Del Sardo, United States, NJ
8/6/2013 2:55:40 PM
Blessings to all! Children with any type of 'handicap' as decided by society are not handicapped in the eyes and heart of God, Angels, the Universe, family , friends, and even strangers they touch! They are blessings and closer to the pure innocence of the Angels and all that is good in the world. They show us the true meaning of unconditional love and strength. We need to see pass the 'handicap' and see the their heart, soul, and lessons they provide. You were Blessed with this lil guy! May you always treasure him and all the adventures he brings to all! Blessings, Debbie DS

Emily Head, United States, NJ
8/6/2013 2:24:13 PM
Your story was beautiful Rosie and very inspiring!!

Alina Edith Golc, Argentina,
8/6/2013 2:00:02 PM
Gio is all beautiful inside and out, charismatic and fun. He really deserves the best and after working many years with his mom I know why he is so full of life because of her and all the blessing that come when you accept God's will for your life. He is a life-changer!!!

Joan E Cruz, United States, NJ
8/6/2013 12:27:27 PM
I taught down's syndrome youngster's for 33 years. Besides learning so much from them about true compassion, I learned about resolve, warmth, and incredible spirit. My best years of teaching!!

Jeannie Zurich, United States, NJ
8/6/2013 10:47:47 AM
the most amazing story of that of love for a mom and her child.....no love can ever measure up.....

Mamawa KEMOKAI, United States, GA
8/6/2013 10:00:41 AM
You are a wonderful mother, and I see where Gio gets his heart of gold from.

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