Thursday, December 16, 2010
This is a beautiful poem a dear friend recently shared with me...
When you were but a tiny speck
deep within my womb
something happened to your cells
as life began to bloom
a chromosomal anomaly
is what the doctors say
but you are EXACTLY what I asked for
each night as I would pray
"Dear Lord, send me a happy child
who will not grow up too fast,"
for I love the joys of childhood
and I wanted that to last.
'Send me a child who sleeps all night
and doesn't often cry,
a little boy with endless love
and a willingness to try."
That little extra chromosome
that number 21
gave me all I ever wanted
YOU - my precious son.
I've been thinking lately that our lives with this special little boy are really more normal than I expected they would be. The few things that are different are now just a part of our every day lives. For example, having people come in to do therapy used to be upsetting because I was so sad that Levi wouldn't be "normal." Now therapy is just a fun visit that I look forward to each week. The people that come into our home have become friends and really are invested in Levi's progress. I also appreciate how much each of them make an effort to include Adam in their sessions. Sometimes they even bring a special toy for Adam to play with.
Levi is trying a new baby food every few days and is doing a great job eating. It is really no different than it was with Adam (except I let him make more of a mess!). I started giving Levi a comfort object (a term coming from a mom who reads way too many parenting books--a fancy way to say "blankee") and it is so cute to see him holding on to it. He is sleeping through the night now, too! Hooray!