Mere hours Ben’s second birthday, I’m filled with so many feelings. Ben’s short life has just been filled with alllll the things. If you had told me just two short years ago that we would have gone on this journey with the babe about to be born, I wouldn’t have believed it.
From the moment he was born, I was in love. He was a beautiful, healthy, sweet baby. We were so happy with our two boys.
When Ben and Jeff’s accident happened, I saw in the blink of an eye how an entire life could change. You hear about these things happening- an accident, an illness… where your entire world is flip-turned upside down, but you truly never think it will happen to YOU.
We were in the hospital for a relatively brief period of time, but it changed us. His accident was the worst thing I have ever experienced, but it has turned out to be the best. As a Mom to a child with unique needs, you have the experience of viewing life through a slightly different lens, and I am so grateful for the lessons I’ve learned. If I could take away the pain he experienced in those first few weeks of life of course I would. But I wouldn’t take away a minute of our journey. I am honored that God gave me Ben as my son- through every piece of his journey.
Today, I wanted to take a moment to reflect and thank everyone who has been on this ride with us as we get ready to start another year of this miraculous life of Ben.
To every nurse and doctor who took care of Benny & I… I meant it when I said you are stuck with us. I want you to see this beautiful boy as he grows and know that you played a part in the miracle that is Ben. I am eternally grateful for the care you took with our family. You helped me to feel like a Mom when Ben didn’t even look like my baby.
To the B team- Erika, Judy, Melissa, Kristy and everyone who has been a part of our experience with Imagine!- you have made Ben the boys he is today.
To our friends and family who have loved us through it all.
To Jeff- for being the best dad to both boys… there are days I didn’t think we would make it, but here we are. Looking a whole hell of a lot older, not really any wiser, but more blessed than ever.
And to Ben. The strongest tiny human I have ever known. My love, my heart, my inspiration. I am so proud to be your Mom. Happy Birthday.