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Sunday, May 09, 2010

A Mother's Day Tale...

Today is a great day for mom's, not that everyday isn't a great day, but today we as taxi driver's, nurse's, referee's and mom's get to be appreciated for just being us!
I have decided to tell the story of how I became a mom on this, my 10th Mother's Day.

It is absolutely amazing how something that you never really thought you wanted changes your life in the most amazing way!

I didn’t want children, mostly because I babysat a lot and decided that kids weren’t for me. When I became pregnant with my son, I can’t honestly say that I was excited, but had come to grips with it. But once I felt him move inside of me for the first time, I was smitten. He helped me to realize that my life would change- for the better!

I was getting everything ready, every paycheck I bought diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets and a piece of furniture.

I ended up having my son at 28 weeks, I was more unprepared for his arrival than I could have ever imagined.

I couldn’t return any of the clothing for preemie sizes because it had all been washed, ironed and put away, the diapers I would need eventually, financially I was over budget, emotionally beaten and yet had this beautiful little baby to make all of those fears fade away, with new ones to surface- is he going to survive, how did this happen, what did I do wrong, how am I going to get through this?

Luckily my lil’ monkey was a fighter, one month and one day after being born I got to bring all 3 pounds of him home in the ugliest doll outfit ever{they didn’t make a lot of preemie clothes back then.} It wasn’t all up hill from there I am sad to say, it was often like climbing a mountain. getting to the peak to then find an even bigger mountain. He wasn’t even home for a week and he was back in the hospital with pneumonia. Getting up at 3:00 a.m. once a month to drive him 2 1/2 hours to the University to get RSV shots, dealing with developmental delays, physical therapy, occupational therapy, gaining weight, just getting him healthier and stronger was and is a feat in itself.

My son is now 10 1/2 years old, he is almost as tall as I am and is smart as a whip. He just learned to ride a bike, hop on one foot, jump rope, run in a straight line and a great lot of other things he wasn’t able to do before.

I am just so proud of the young man that he is becoming and just to think… I didn’t want any children. The love of a child is like nothing you’ve ever felt and will feel again.

Our experiences differ from mother to mother but one thing is the same… we love our children unconditionally and with all our hearts!

Cheers to all of the moms, grandmas, sisters and friends, Happy Mother’s Day, and the best are yet to come!

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