updates from the bradfields

07 Feb 07 Making Mommy Proud

I recently connected with a mom of a two-and-a-half year old boy with Down syndrome. She commented on how “together” I seem for a mom who’s only 6 months into my new, forever-changed life. It’s not the first time I’ve heard this and it made me wonder if maybe I’m dealing with all our changes a little too well and I’m in for a major meltdown.

I don’t think so. I’ll tell you why.

Firstly, thanks for the compliments, but I truly believe that had any of you found yourselves in the same position, you would have dealt with it the same way. We love our children unconditionally, no matter how they’re packaged.

Secondly, I’m beginning to recognize that I possess what my sister Teri calls the “McMahon denial gene”, which allows us to take what life throws us and simply deal with it. Healthy? I’m not sure, but it keeps me happy.

Today, Nicole pulled herself up with her abdominal muscles while sitting in the swing. A small feat for many, but a major achievement for a baby with low muscle tone. Of course, I’m proud of both my kids every day, but when I saw her do that, I felt a pride I didn’t know I’d ever feel.

Nicole’s allowed me to feel new depths of emotion I would never have felt if it wasn’t for her special needs. How amazing is that? I may be in denial, but I like it in here.