Some days make you stop and think about life more than others.
Today is one of those days.
Our Daughter is seven years old today and I have spent a great deal of time this week, and especially today, thinking about how we came to be in this moment…
I’m going to try to do it here without crying too much.
I am thankful, first and foremost, that we are both here – alive and together. To say that Zilla’s birth did not go as planned is a gross understatement. Suffice to say that for a time that night, the Fab Hub (and now Fab Dad) was not certain whether he would leave that hospital with a family or without one. Through the grace of God we are here, together, a family. So we celebrate not only her birthday, but the birth of our family…
I am thankful that through Zilla’s difficult birth and the immediate aftermath, my Father-in-Law was there for us. As a physician, his presence and guidance was comforting. That was crucial for all of us when things got scary. I am thankful for his sage advice in the days and weeks afterward; it has ensured our continued well-being as a family.
I am thankful for the Fab Hub’s Mom. She was there, too, worrying and waiting with all the rest. I am thankful that she kept my Mom company and gave her things to talk about and think about.
I am thankful for my Mom. Of course she would be present at the birth of our child. Knowing she was there, as she always has been, was so important in so many ways. I am thankful for her calm exterior, even when her internal demeanor might be anything but. I am thankful that she was right beside me the second I opened my eyes in recovery. I am thankful for every moment that she is part of our lives and for the example of motherhood she provides every day.
I am thankful for my Sister and for her humor. Of course she was present and concerned just like everyone else. But her ability to find humor and use it to ease the tension is a gift. I am thankful for her presence in the days after Zilla’s birth and for so many days ever since that she is part of our lives.
I am thankful for how Zilla has changed me – changed both of us. So much of who I am and who my Husband is today is because of this beautiful little creature who has graced our lives.
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