3 years since d-day (diagnosis day). Actually 3 years isn't for a couple of days - July 16th I think - but this is Friday the 13th and I thought it was appropriate.
I don't know how to mark the worst day of my entire life.
Except maybe to show other parents that the worst day of their life can't turn into the greatest joy they can know. And review a bunch of past pictures...
A couple of words in a doctors office doesn't describe what life having a child with spina bifida will be like.
The waiting, and wondering and worrying before the big day!
The introduction and realization that he is actually here! In your arms!
The unbelievable, I-didn't-know-my-heart-was-this-big, kind of love
On d-day you can't imagine the joy you hear in the first sound of laughter
The words 'spina bifida' do not describe my little heart breaker
It does not define the things that he can do, or when he will do them.
A diagnosis doesn't tell you the incredible bond he will have with his sister
Thinking about d-day gives me an opportunity to go through all of the wonderful things I didn't think I would have 3 years ago.
An all-around fun kid!
Who sometimes needs some encouragement, but really just redefines spina bifida every day.
Who is just a little nervous about trying out new things (like the first time he was upright by himself - December 2010)
How a mothers touch can make all the difference, even when you feel you are powerless
They don't tell you on d-day how much your child will love the bath tub and bath time
And waits until everyone is watching before showing off (standing for the first time unassisted - Feb 2011)
And is so proud of himself!
The diagnosis of 'spina bifida' doesn't mean that you won't have a trouble maker on your hands!
Or a silly monkey - with a quirky sense of humor!
A little boy who loves animals and learning about new things
And LOVES, LOVES, LOVES chocolate!
On d-day all you can think about is how your child will be different from everyone else. But that's not true, he will fit right in with your family.
Until he wants to stand out and show he is his own little boy!
And that he really, truly is the coolest boy in town!
(Even with geeky parents)
With a family who only wants to see him smile, even when he is sad
And will light the way on whatever path he wants to take
And there will be laughter
And the rest just slides into place
And I wouldn't trade this craziness for anything!
Anyone wondering about how life will be after d-day should check out this borrowed post Sometimes the Doctors are Wrong Thanks to Jamie for collecting all of these stories in her blog!