It's been almost a year and a half since Mary Anne Christo and her husband, Eric Waksmunski, became the parents of twin boys.

Prepared for an early birth, as serious prenatal issues required the babies be delivered 10 weeks premature, the couple was not prepared when both boys were diagnosed shortly after birth with Down syndrome.

The Mahoning Township couple has experienced some scary, stressful days as their boys spent the first few months of their lives in the hospital.

Shane and Wyatt have each been through multiple surgeries and frequent hospitalizations. But there have also been good days baptisms, birthdays, holidays and other celebrations, both big and small.

Throughout these days the good ones and the bad ones the one thing the Waksmunskis have always been able to count on is each other.

In Chapter Four, which can be found by clicking the DOWN SYNDROME: A FAMILY'S JOURNEY link on the TIMES NEWS website, read about how this couple has supported one another through the roughest period of their lives, and learn how important it is for couples who are raising a child with special needs to take time for themselves and work toward preserving their relationship.