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New Mothers Luncheon
April 9, 2011
The room was buzzing with conversation and excitement. Stories were being exchanged, pictures shown proudly and relationships being formed. On Saturday, April 9th the Pujols Family Foundation and Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis joined together to host the 2011 New Mothers Luncheon.
As each mother checked in and entered into the room at the Pujols 5 restaurant there was an ease in which the mothers interacted with one another. Although it was the first time that many of them had met, it seemed that they had known each other for years. “One of the reasons that we have been wanting to do this event for so long is because we know that there would be a special connection between these mothers” said Pujols Family Foundation Program Manager Jen Cooper.
Mothers that have a child with Down syndrome, two and under, were invited to be a part of this special event. Representatives from the Pujols Family Foundation and Down Syndrome Association spoke to the mothers giving them information on the work that their organization does, along with opportunities that are available to the families. Short video testimonials were also shared to give an idea of the joys and possibilities that are awaiting these families as their child gets older.
While the mothers were enjoying a delicious lunch, some of the babies were loving some playtime and special attention in a close-by room. Dedicated volunteers had a fantastic time getting to spend the afternoon with these special children.
While finishing their desserts the mothers were then introduced to Deidre Pujols. Deidre’s daughter Isabella is now thirteen years old, but Deidre could remember clearly what it was like to be a new mom. She shared her story and gave encouragement to the mothers about what lies ahead for their children and families. The afternoon was capped off with a special gift bag that each mother received. There was a variety of special gifts for both mom and baby to enjoy.
As the official part of the afternoon came to a close, the mothers were not ready to go home just yet. Several of them brought their babies in to show them off to the other moms. Others continued to talk and share contact information so that they could stay in touch. It was a great day of encouraging and strengthening for all involved.