I never thought I'd be in an emergency room watching a doctor and a group of med students smell my daughter's diaper.
I never knew how terrifying a simple stomach bug could be.
Those never knows become empowering "now I know"s soon enough. And someone else out there who needs to know will seek out information and help from us and those unexpected nuggets of knowledge become small gifts of comfort and understanding that we can give to others. Life may have been easier with a more typical child, but it would have been a life unaware - unaware of the gift a child is - whether she be well or not, the gift that knowledge is - whether it be sought out or forced upon us, and the gift that appreciation is - appreciation of milestones reached very late, of a birthday (or Mother's Day) spent outside of a hospital, of the amazing gift of life given to us by a total stranger who suffered a much worse fate than us. I am truly thankful and appreciative this Mother's Day!I never thought I'd know what an IEP is.
Happy Mother's Day to ALL moms - may your motherhood journey, whether it was what you expected or not, be one of joy and love. And to all those moms out there who have lost their children - to illness or to accident - including our donor's mom - my heart and thoughts and prayers are with you. This must be a terribly difficult day, but your children are celebrating you somewhere and their love is still in your heart. May you feel that love today and all your days.