We included the following note in Tarenne's birth announcements:
Dear friends and family,
As many of you know Tarenne was born with Down syndrome. We want to thank all of you who helped us with prayers and support during our pregnancy. We are so blessed that she is a very healthy little baby.
We want everyone to be comfortable enough to ask us questions. We have learned a lot in the past five months, but before we found out about Tarenne we didn’t know much about Down syndrome either. We are doing everything we can to provide her with the best start. That will only be possible with the love and understanding of our family and friends. So please don’t hesitate to ask us anything, or share information you have heard.
Tarenne’s name sounds like Karen, after Joe’s mother, and is spelled like Nicole’s maiden name Turenne. She is doing really well, except is having a hard time learning to eat because she is often very sleepy. But when she is awake, she is very alert and sweet. Everyone who has held her has been touched by this special angel- and she can’t even talk yet. We can’t wait for all of you to meet her.
Much love, Joe, Nicole, Darrah and Tarenne