The story of today’s real-life Wonder Woman is both powerful and personal. Raw and real. Heartfelt and honest. It’s a story of love and life. Meet Amber Crow!
KR: Can you tell us about what brings you joy and fulfillment?
AC: Watching my daughters learn new things. I’m always astonished when they figure something new out. However, I also love a good afternoon to myself, what Mom doesn’t need a break? I like to explore new things and can’t wait for spring to continue to explore our new city of Des Moines.
KR: You recently moved to one of my all-time favorite cities. Des Moines is a gem. Lucky you! And you added a new little family member. Lots of changes for the Crow crew. What’s your job title these days?
AC: CEO of The Crow’s Nest, a.k.a. Mom (I am a Dental Hygienist, but currently staying home).
KR: Amber, you are one of the strongest women I know. No doubt you had to tap into your inner superpowers during your pregnancy with sweet baby Gabe. Would you share his story and tell us about the inner superpowers you used on your journey with him?
AC: One of my (our) superpowers was transparency. We were an open book! We found out about Gabe’s Trisomy 13 diagnosis very early on in my pregnancy. After taking everything in, we were able to coincidently announce to our extended family and friends about Gabe’s condition on Trisomy 13 Awareness Day, March 13th.
We decided to start a blog for our time with Gabe. It was our way of being able to think through our feelings and appointments, but also keep everyone updated. It felt amazing to have so many people rally around us, even complete strangers who stumbled upon our blog reached out to us to send us their love. I would recommend anyone going through a similar circumstance to do the same, you’ll be amazed at how much love you will feel!
In the years since Gabe we have had several parents reach out to us who are in similar situations. We are open ears and offer anyone encouragement who has grim perinatal diagnosis.
My other piece of advice would be to find your own way to honor their memory. We were able to do a few things for other families to honor Gabe and the other babies and also a few things to honor Gabe in our home. No time is too short, and no baby is too small to make a positive impact!
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KR: Can you tell us about an influential woman in your life and how she inspired you?
AC: My Mom, she is the hardest working woman I know. She is a small business owner and no task is too much to ask of her. She has a “just do it” attitude to whatever comes her way. During our journey with Gabe, I knew we could handle whatever came our way and that definitely came from my Mom.
KR: If you could have one super-human power, what would it be?
AC: How about two of them? Time travel to see not only Gabe but other family members who have passed, and Psychokinesis, with a toddler and an infant in our house, I would do anything to free up an arm!
KR: What do you do for fun? What are your hobbies?
AC: We like to spend time as a family on the trails biking, hiking, walking, maybe a little running. My current hobby is teaching a two-year-old to ice skate, luckily, she loves it just as much as I do!
KR: Knowing what you know at this stage of your life, what words of wisdom would you give to your 20-year-old self?
AC: At 20 I was engaged and finishing college. We were making plans for the rest of our lives. I would tell myself, “the plans you’re are making might not actually play out, just go with it, you’ll be stronger in the end!”
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