Touching

Touching

Is it cancer? I had to tell my son, I dont know. Theres no treatment. We were told go home and live life.: Twin brother suffers 2 brainstem strokes caused by a cavernous angioma, mom says its made her children kinder, better

I had 3 happy, healthy, perfect kids. Until I didnt. Zach called home from the school nurse with a headache. I followed our standard rule, You arent throwing up, you dont have a fever. Go back to class. For 2 days, he told me his eyes and ears felt weird. I told a friend, a nurse, that my son was holding his head funny. Within a minute she said, You need to get him checked. I said, Oh ok. Then she said, I mean now.

You are our guinea pig. You taught us how to be parents. We had no clue what we were doing.: Mom pens emotional letter to her first-born child, apologizes she didnt get to hold the spotlight for long after new babies came along

You didn’t get to hold the spotlight for long, did you? You were my only baby for such a short amount of time. You’ll never remember when you had my full attention, or that you didn’t have to fight for space on my lap. You won’t remember sitting around the table with just your father and I for dinner, or how we used to hover over you at the playground. You won’t remember how much we worried. But we will.

‘Mom, can we play a board game?’ It was 7:11 a.m. ‘Right now?!’ I was groggy, drinking coffee.’: Busy mom slows down, realizes play time is ‘just what she needed’

“After I said, ‘right now?’ he gave me the look of nevermind. I saw it. He knew my question meant ‘not right now’ or ‘we’ll see’ or any of the other things I say when I don’t want to do something. ‘You’re always so busy.’ And he was right. Not in the guilt me way, but in the truth way. His words stuck with me so much as I was sitting there, I decided this morning I’d be busy in a different way. My coffee is colder. But my heart is warmer.”

‘The Flash doesn’t wear a seat belt. I’m The Flash, mama.’ He unbuckled. A large rock rolled into my lane.’: Mom loses son in tragic car accident, urges parents to ‘hold your babies tight’

“The rock hit my axle and sent us plummeting into the side of a cliff. With all my might, I tried to lift the heavy van off my son’s tiny body, but he was already gone. People commented how horrible of a mom I was. How I deserved it. I wanted to shake them, tell them how hard I fought to save him. That he held my hand with his little fingers, and told me I was the best mama ever. But no one would have listened anyway.”

‘I walked to the bathroom leaving a trail of blood. I had an ultrasound. They found retained placenta.: Woman endures difficult pregnancy aftermath, discovers son has a cows milk protein allergy

“My son was vomiting and having crazy amounts of diarrhea for days. As I was unpacking his daycare bag, he was standing beside me crying. Next thing I know, his eyes rolled to the back of his head and he passed out. I now have a 2-year-old with multiple chronic allergies and an 8-week-old heading in the same direction.”

‘I went to get my hair done, sat down with my stylist, and the chair BROKE. I needed to make a change.’: Woman starts world’s first ever plus-size salon, reminds us ‘beauty has no weight limit’

“Strangers vandalized my business out of hate. Destroyed air conditioners, smeared human poop on our windows. I received death threats. But through it all, I let it roll. off. my. shoulders. I was creating a safe space for women of all shapes and sizes to feel glamorous and pampered. The world is such a cold place. I cant change that. But what I can do is keep a positive attitude!”

‘I have 2 bio kids, 2 adopted, 3 special needs foster children. I wanted nothing to do with the ‘white picket’ American Dream.’: Special needs mom cherishes the ‘beautiful chaos’ of ‘meeting the needs of others’

“‘Your baby has a large mass. Prepare for the worst.’ I was learning how to be married, live in a city where we knew no one, being first-time teachers and parents to a baby who may or may not be okay. The older, wiser folks warned us to slow down. And yet none of this chaos ever silenced the call we felt to pursue adoption and fostering. Our life is absolutely crazy. But I look through my dark-circled eyes at this beautiful mess and know I’m right where I need to be.”

Please, they begged. Would you take in a newborn, just for the weekend? I knew my husband would say no.: Foster mom adopts special little boy, is forever grateful for her son who almost wasnt

I could literally hear water balloons whizzing over my husbands head. What?!! Are you crazy? Heck No! I expected this. But I couldnt let it go. I pictured this baby alone, in need of someone to hold him, to help him feel safe. Please honey, just consider it, I urged. Its only for the weekend! Around 9 p.m., there was a knock on my door. Well take good care of you this weekend, little guy. I snuggled him softly.”

To my ex-husband on our wedding anniversary, I’m angry at my 19-year-old self for marrying you.: Woman admits she was barely surviving in her marriage, says we both sucked at loving each other

A year ago today we rented an Airbnb and had dinner at some hip restaurant. We were parenting 4 children and adopting a fifth. We had just moved into a big, beautiful home with lots of space for our growing family, close to our best friends. We looked like the perfect little family, but we were fooling ourselves.

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