Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

In Honor of Mother's Day

As mother’s day approaches I thought it an appropriate time to reflect on the past 4 months and what I’ve learned as a mom.

Being a mother was always an abstract concept to me – what did it mean to be a mom? As a young child I dreamed of my knight in shining armor, my white picket fenced house filled with amazing children. I still remember the children's names – Sierra Elizabeth and Antonio Michael – one boy and one girl – just perfect.

Most of you know precisely what I’m talking about and some of you still carry these dreams tucked away in your heart. If you’re blessed to be the mother of a little girl you see these same dreams in your child. Nurturing and motherhood are fostered at a very early age. Young girls past, present and future are given baby dolls to care for, kitchen sets to prepare meals, washer and dryers and other cleaning toys to keep things tidy, and doll houses to occupy their time. And, they love every minute of it!

Today, I have a real understanding of what it means to be Nathan’s mom and more importantly, what it means for my son to have his mother. My childhood dreams have for the most part come true – I have married a man unlike any other and am truly blessed to have him in my life. We live in my first house and have been blessed with a beautiful son. (I’d still love to have a daughter but am perfectly content with what God has entrusted me with.)

For the past four months I have had the great honor and privilege of being a mom!!! And, have learned so much along the way. In the beginning, I learned about motherly devotion tending to Nathan in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Peter’s Hospital. When he was finally able to come home, I learned about motherly patience while spending a great deal of time at the doctors and with specialists trying to figure out how to keep Nathan from projectile vomiting his milk all over me every time he ate. And, I learned what it was like to be a night watchman! Oh, those were the days... :-)

Now, I'm the protector of Nathan’s toys from Chopper (our little Yorkie) and the grateful supplier and recipient of lots of hugs and kisses. Did I meantion I'm the chief bottle washer and newest special order baby food chef (thank God for food processors!). What a wonderful experience!

Being the mother of a child that requires special care is really more of a blessing than you might think. Our family has become part of a community made up of some of the most caring and loving people who truly understand that the “only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

I am blessed to have other moms – Nathan’s specialists - working with us to help overcome developmental and speech obstacles that his syndrome causes. Therapy is a constant activity in our home and Nathan has tons of fun!!!

As Nathan’s mom, I am committed to going above and beyond the call of motherhood duty, even when I may not feel up to it, because he needs me to. It doesn't do Nathan or our family any good to wallow in self pity. Instead, we move forward together as a family.
I have also already had to be and will continue to be Nathan's advocate - his voice. That is, until he finds his own.

My son is a remarkable little boy that has already begun defying expectations - I am blessed to be his mother.


PS -
There are other moms in Nathan’s life that have been by my side and in the early days were my only source of strength. These wonderful moms spend time caring for Nathan and love him as if he were their own child. Happy Mother’s Day and thank you to Nathan’s Aunt Kathy, Grammie, & Nonnie. May God bless you for your unwavering and unselfish commitment to Nathan.

I've learned - a mothers love makes all the difference.

1 comment:

Carol said...

You are so right! I hope you and Nathan had a wonderful Mother's Day. You've done a great job so far and deserve at least one day of pampering!