I remember my first Mother’s Day like it was yesterday. It wasn’t exactly as I had pictured my first Mother’s Day to be. No one ever envisions their first Mother’s Day being spent in the NICU. We had been in the NICU for many, many, many months at this point. We were still grieving the loss of one of our 24 week twins while our survivor twin was awaiting his second surgery to reconnect his intestines after an almost fatal bout with Necrotizing Enterocolitis.
I started dreading the day weeks before.
As the day approached, my attitude changed. I tried to focus on an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. Family came to visit the hospital the day before Mother’s Day. My husband schemed with Joseph’s primary nurse to put together a beautiful frame with Joseph’s foot prints and photos and he showered me with gifts.
My number one request was to wake up in the same room with Joseph so we slept on an air mattress in Joseph’s NICU room the night before Mother’s Day. The nurses brought breakfast in bed of donuts and juice.
A day I was dreading turned into a beautiful day and a beautiful weekend full of celebration.
To all of those celebrating your first Mother’s Day in the NICU, Happy Mother’s Day.
To all of those with angels in heaven, Happy Mother’s Day.
To all of those longing to be a mother, Happy Mother’s Day.
To all of those celebrating your first Mother’s Day at home with your miracle, Happy Mother’s Day.
From all of us at Graham’s Foundation, we honor all of you today.