For the Heart Mommas
Hey Heart Moms! I’m going to make this post brief, just in case you’re reading this from your phone while you’re hiding from your kids in the bathroom.
I kid, I kid.
Seriously, though, I wanted to take a moment on this blog to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all the Heart Moms out there! You were handed a life you could have never planned for, not in a million years. While other moms-to-be were having elaborate gender-reveal parties, you’d lay awake at night trying to get that ultrasound image out of your head. While other new moms were figuring out how to install a snap-and-go car seat, you were doing your first 2-minute hand wash prior to your first NICU visit. While new moms came home to a beautifully done baby nursery, you did your best to make a Ronald McDonald House feel like home.
Yet you’re still here…still fighting. With every step down the CVICU hallway, hearing the familiar beeps and dings, you’d get stronger and stronger. Now you’ve got purpose, something to fight for…someone to fight for. You’ve learned to surf when the waves come. You’ve helped keep the germs at bay and taught a growing girl or boy that a big scar down their chest doesn’t make them super strange, it makes them a super hero. You carried our heart kids all while bearing the weight of the stress and the fear…the way I see it, you passed on your toughness to them.
Thank you for everything you do. There will be days when you’re knocked down…don’t ever stop getting back up again. There isn’t much else in this world tougher than a Heart Mom! So look back on all those things you’ve been through and give yourself a little bit of grace and tell yourself that you did good. Rest in that for a little while. Don’t let anyone tell you how you should do you. Maybe there’s other moms out there who looked like they just walked out of Pinterest, but can they say “pleural effusions” five times fast? I rest my case.
I hope all the moms out there have an amazing Mother’s Day!
And last, but certainly not least I wanted to give a very special shout-out to my wife Rebekah. You are an amazing mom! I remember before we had any kids we jokingly asked each other “Who in the world has three kids?!” And now look! You juggle so much and do it all with grace and kindness: the very same kindness that you instill in our kids every day. They’re going to grow up to be amazing young men because they had you as a mom. Love you ❤