We are very ordinary. A family of 5, living in rural Essex. There’s me, Catherine, I’m 40 this year, Keith is 44 and our older children, James and Catey are 18 and 16. We muddle our way through life, we always have done. We’d almost made it, raised our children, life ‘beyond’ was looming! Then, Lucy happened! And life got interesting! Its always been ‘interesting‘, but its a whole new world now! Our precious baby has Downs Syndrome. An utter shock at first, and now just a wonderful part of life. I’ve been browsing our photos recently, and thinking that I ought to make a record of our journey, because Lucy is now 1, and the first months are fading fast. So this is it, here we go! Be patient with me, I’ve never done anything like this before! This is really just for us, a record, but I also hope that others will read it and enjoy, or find help from our story.