to my kids on mother's day

Three years ago today you were merely a cluster of cells.  Ok, maybe you were something more at this point but whatever.  I was newly pregnant.  We already knew there were two of you in there.  Our minds were already blown and our hearts were already filling with love for these two human beings that would create our family.  

Today you are our entire lives.  Two very different and very happy boys.  You are busier than most kids your age with therapies and doctor appointments.  But you don't care.  Your lives are full.

Man, three years ago we had no idea what was in store for us.  We knew that life as parents would be challenging and rewarding, but it's been so much more than that.  

I am completely changed.

I've done many things in my life.  Not necessarily noteworthy, but they still count.  And each thing has sculpted me into the person I am today.  

But being a mother...that is probably the one thing that really had an impact on that new person.  Our journey together did not start out with a clean and safe slate.  It was scary and dark, and really, really uncertain.  You won't ever remember those times, but they are the glue that holds our family together.  When I hold you and kiss you both, I never forget how incredibly thankful I am to be afforded the opportunity to do it time and time again. 

These last few years have been amazing and it's thanks to you both.  So on this day that is meant to celebrate mothers, I want to celebrate you.  And thank you for making me a mommy.  I so love being your mommy.

five [updates] for Friday

1.  The last time I wrote, we were in the hospital.  That was about a month ago so in case you didn't know (if you follow me on IG you were informed!), Aiden did get discharged from his hospital stay for respiratory issues about five days after they admitted him.  He had a nasty virus that small children have a really hard time with.  And that, coupled with his preemie lungs, earned him a hospital stay.  He required oxygen for almost the entire five days.  And we were discharged with instructions to follow up with a Pulmonologist.  So we can add that to his list of specialists.  

This is pretty much how he relaxed the entire time in the hospital 

2.  Easter came and went in a blur.  To tell you the truth we were still trying to get our household back to normal after Aiden's hospital stay.  We visited our families and kept things pretty casual.  The boys got Easter baskets aplenty.   And they looked so handsome in their outfits.  Spring was definitely in the air that day.


3.  I am a horrible person and I never recapped our March of Dimes walk.  With the help of my sister and some other generous people we held a fundraiser at a local bar to benefit our team and raised $1,400 that night alone.  After all was said and done, we surpassed our goal of $5,000.  Our total stands at $5,366.00 and the MOD is accepting donations for this year's walk until June 30th.  If you'd like to contribute, you can do so through this link.  The day of the walk was truly beautiful, weather wise and in terms of the energy our team mates brought.  We'd like to thank everyone who participated, donated and helped with our fundraiser!  

Really hard to get a nice family shot these days

2014 Team Raiden
4.  The boys have been busy with pre-school evaluations lately.  Since they turn 3 (!!!) in September, they are going to age out of the Early Intervention program through which they receive all their therapy.  They will transition into a CPSE Program which is through the Board of Ed, and as a result they need all new evaluations.  We actually toured a school this morning and I have to say it's really exciting.  They are so ready for pre-school.  They love other kids and really thrive in a classroom setting as evidenced by how much they've flourished in the last 8 months since they started their center based therapy program.  If they both get approved for full time preschool, they will be going five days a week for five hours each day.  Big, big boys!!  

5.  I'm coming up short on #5, so to distract you I'll show you some fun photos:

2 years ago

2 years ago

I was trying to shush him and instead I got a nose in my mouth

Watching the Rangers

Morning playtime

Morning coloring

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