Friday, May 06, 2011

On Mother's Day

I wrote recently about chronic illness and parenting and have an upcoming post on certain expectations and attitudes about parenting, but in light of Mother’s Day I want to post something briefly about motherhood itself.

Mother’s Day is an interesting experience when you want a family and do not or cannot have one. It was never a day to fear or avoid, since it was a day to celebrate our mothers, but it was also a day with the capacity to emphasize all that was not there, too.

And here we are on the other side, seven months into the privilege of parenting this little girl. It’s such a fun stage right now, where new skills develop practically every day: clapping, waving, feeding herself, cruising around, imitating us. (I am partial to the fake cough when she hears me cough, or her chuckle when she fake sneezes.)



As a mother, since last Mother’s Day I went from waiting and worrying to watching our daughter grow before our eyes. As a daughter, I saw a catastrophic medical event happen and watched my own mother make it through.

So this Mother’s Day, I am profoundly grateful to be a mother and a daughter, and to celebrate life.

And will be thinking of and supporting all the people out there still on this journey…

10 comments:

HealingWell said...

She's beautiful. I'm sure you're a great mom! Enjoy your day :) ~ Peter

RunningShorts said...

OMG-I cannot believe she fake coughs!!!! That is adorable. She is gorgeous Laurie! When do kids start to read?

Rachel said...

She fake coughs? Oh my. That will be one to write in her baby book for sure :)

Happy Mother's day, Laurie! And I am so glad that you are able to share your first with your own mother.

WinnyNinny PooPoo said...

Good heavens, those eyes are heartbreakers - so beautiful. So wonderful, glad you are able to celebrate with YOUR daughter!

VAF said...

Haha, my son also started fake coughing around the same time I think and just recently started fake sneezing :) She's such a cutie! Enjoy your mother's day, Laurie!

Grace said...

So beautiful xxxx

Carole W said...

She is absolutely beautiful! Belated Happy Mother's day.

Peny@white scrubs said...

You have a very adorable daughter, eh. And maybe this could be a late greetings, but happy mother's day to you and also to my mom. Moms are great and they deserve not just a one special day but everyday to be commended and praised.:)

Medical Billing Software said...

That is true.The journey is tough and the going gets tough but having a positive approach helps.She is very beautiful.Enjoy life the way you can.

Laurie said...

Little late here but thank you, everyone!!

Audj, huge range for when kids start to read...but when they start eating books? I can safely say that starts in earnest around 3-4 months :)

 
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