But believe it or not, those are the easier things for me to handle. The truly hard part is having to watch her be sick over and over and over again. And having to get her to take so many medications (I can count at least four daily and that's when she's healthy). And having to hold her down so that they can get an IV or a catheter in while she screams and uses every ounce of energy and muscle in her little body to fight it. And mostly just not being able to ease her discomfort and pain when she's sick.
And then there is the rewarding part. Being so proud I can barely stand it when she accomplishes something for the first time like walking. Taking her up in front of a whole crowd full of people at the Buddy Baseball
Parenthood means different things to different people. Some think it's easy, some say it's exhausting, some say it's just something you do. Nobody is right or wrong on their perspective. I think it depends on your kid(s), your outlook, and your situation. I don't think you need a kid to be happy and I don't think everyone that has one is happy.
This past Friday brought the arrival of my twin nieces; which means my sister and brother-in-law have entered into a whole new part of their lives. I know they will be amazing parents; they already have been and the girls are only three days old. But they will have their challenges too and some will be the same as ours and some will be different. Some will be easier and some will be harder, but they will have many more joys along the way. One of my biggest pet peeves about being a parent is when other parents tell you all the worst things that you'll have to go through. Many people told us we'd never sleep again and Tera was one of the easiest infants I've ever known and slept through the night at seven weeks. Nobody told me my kid was going to have Down Syndrome and she'd be sick so much of the time. They also never told me that she would have a heart of gold and the face of perfection.
I'm so excited for my sister and brother-in-law and am already head over heels in love with those two little girls. I'm excited for them and their two new beauties and I'm excited for me because being a mom is something that we can share also. And I will be there for them during all those good and bad times just like they have been for us. But really I'm mostly excited because we have two sweet, snuggly, soft little babies to hold and smother in kisses. And soon Tera can meet these babies we've been telling her about for the past nine months and I can revel in watching her love them as much as I know she will.