Just 18 weeks into her pregnancy Daniella Tod knew she was at risk of having a child with Down's Syndrome. She was told the odds were about 130 to one and accepted that as a chance worth taking and turned down any further medical checks and tests.
But within just an hour of the birth of the baby Daniella and husband Adam knew their child had the handicap. "It was the way Joshua was poking his tongue out that I realised he had Downs," said Daniella. "It's something Down's children do because their mouth cavity is smaller."
Despite their initial feelings, and Daniella admits that Adam was upset, the couple returned to their home in Farmhouse Way, Ely, Cardiff to set about building their new lives with Joshua.
"We had all the medical information and the Down's Syndrome Association was helpful but there was something missing," said 23-year-old Daniella.
"What we wanted to know was something more personal what other people's feelings were when they had a Down's child, what were their milestones, what were the happy things and well as the problems. We wanted people to share their experiences with us."
With this in mind Daniella, a check-out assistant at Tescos and warehouseman Adam, 27 set about creating a new website aimed at reaching others in a similar situation. Although still in its infancy their website - www.upfordowns.co.uk - has already proved a hit and thousands of messages have been recorded from as far afield as the USA.
"It's become like a worldwide family and there are many of now that get in touch that we feel very close to them," said Daniella.
The shared information has also had a positive and telling effect on the couple.
"Joshua was born six months ago and so we don't know how severe the Down's will be as there can be a lot of problems. "At the moment he's doing very well and checks on his eyes, heart and bowels have shown nothing wrong.
"What its also brought home to us is that Joshua is our baby. I feel lucky. If I'd opted for a termination we would not have known him and not been able to enjoy him as a baby. He is just full of love and kisses.
"Adam was a bit upset at first but now as he's got to know Joshua he's settled down and become an absolutely brilliant father."
Daniella is also full of praise for her workmates and friends at the Tesco store in Culverhouse Cross and Adam's colleagues in the Dixon's warehouse.
"We decided to be totally open about Joshua's Down's Syndrome and the result has been the full support of everyone. They have all been fantastic."
I think its really important right now to educate the world that there are far more worse things out there than Downs Syndrome. The title carries far too much negativity and its all built on ignorance.
Good on you both for telling everyone your story and how wonderful your Josh is