- Andrea Newsham welcomed baby Millie Elizabeth, now two, in 2013
- Admits it was a huge shock but they’ve embraced everything
- Millie has modelled for JoJo Maman Bébé and went viral on Facebook
Andrea Newsham, who is in her thirties and lives in Cheshire, welcomed baby Millie Elizabeth, now two, into the world in 2013.
‘Millie is our only child and you could say a miracle due to me suffering three miscarriages before.’ Andrea told FEMAIL.
‘We were then left on our own with our thoughts, the happiest of days had become our saddest. Why us? Why our baby girl? I had been scanned every two weeks; I’d had the test, which had been satisfactory. We were confused.
‘From then until early morning we cried a million tears, we had no help, support or guidance from anyone, it became such a painful time. How could we handle a baby with a disability, we surely weren’t the right people? We talked and talked and cried and cried.
‘I discharged myself and brought our angel home. From that moment on, my husband and I worked it out ourselves.’
‘I know we are biased but Millie is beautiful; she is cute and cheeky but lovely with it.’
Millie has attended pre-school since Easter and just like the other children, she gets involved in all the activities.
When Millie was one, she landed a role modelling for baby company, JoJo Maman Bébé.
‘I wanted to show awareness that DS is now modern and beautiful,’ said Andrea. ‘She is so photogenic and loved the day when we attended their studios in London.’
Speaking about their recruit, Alice Treharne, the company’s PR Manager, told FEMAIL: ‘Millie was a joy to work with, she’s such an easy baby! Full of smiles and laughter. We’d definitely have her back in the studio.’
Andrea was left overwhelmed after sharing a photograph of her daughter on Facebook on World Down’s Syndrome Day to ‘raise awareness and to give hope and inspiration to others on the same journey’.
The snap went viral – all the way to US and New Zealand – and received 100,000 likes and 17,000 comments.
‘My husband Mark and I have been totally overwhelmed by the huge response, we didn’t expect it so it was truly amazing,’ said Andrea, who has liked and read every comment and says she ‘can’t begin to thank people enough for their genuine support’.
‘Millie doesn’t even realise she is famous,’ she added. ‘She has so many followers to which it gives me hope on days that are sometimes quite difficult.’
Another added: ‘To mum please don’t be sad as I’m staring at ur little girl too, I’m staring at one of the most adorable + I’m sure most loved little girls I’ve ever seen. She has an inquisitive intelligence shining from her beautiful eyes + I sense she will lighten up the life of everybody she meets. Cherish her.x’
Andrea says she wants people to know that she’s honest when she says it’s hard at times. ‘It simply breaks my heart when people stare at her or knowing she is a little behind in certain aspects, we have learnt to become stronger and wiser,’ she said.
Like any other parents, Andrea and Mark want Millie to have a fulfilling life but say they’ve learnt to ‘just take each day as it comes’ and they have great hope for the future.
She added: ‘Beating everything the doctors said might happen was indeed immense for us. With all the right intervention, DS is so different today with people understanding more about it. Millie has done so very well, we are very proud of her and everything she has achieved.
‘I hope I can share with others how wonderful Millie is and open peoples’ eyes to DS.’