Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Best Mother's Day

Mother’s day is a perfect time to reflect on what it means to be a mother. Before I was a mom, I always tried to picture in my head what it would be like. I imagined things like: going to the park, going down the slide with my child, reading stories together and singing. Austin and I have done all of these things (and more) together. Motherhood is everything and more than I thought it would be.

There are also the things I never imagined. Developmental milestones are a struggle for Austin. He has to fight, tooth and nail, to accomplish them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. These are just the facts. And sometimes facts can be a hard pill to swallow. It never crossed my mind that I’d be taking my son to therapy 4 times a week. Or that he’s seen more doctors and specialists in his first year of life than most of us will see in a lifetime. I would never want to change Austin. But as a mother, I wish I could make things a little easier for him.

I received the best Mother’s day present from Austin today. He STOOD…all on his own, for a few seconds. We were even able to capture a picture. He’s getting stronger. His balance is getting better. He might be late when it comes to meeting certain developmental milestones, but HE’S MEETING THEM. And we celebrate them and appreciate them SO MUCH MORE because he has to work twice as hard to reach them.
I'm so proud of my little man.
Thank you, sweet boy, for this beautiful Mother's day gift. I know you've probably been planning it all week and waited until today to show me. What a blessing you are. You give my heart more joy than I ever thought possible. Mommy is so proud of your accomplishments. I can't wait to chase you around the park and jump with you on the trampoline. I can't wait to see what you'll do next. You continue to amaze me on a daily basis. I love you!

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