Big Day for My Busy Bee.... and Mommy!
"B" struggles with speech and language. He had the tumor in his mouth that was infected with MRSA resulting in a palette and gum surgery and he was deaf for a confirmed 12 months. He also has hypotonia (low muscle tone throughout his body including his facial/ mouth muscles). He also has a tooth that grew on the roof of his mouth from his surgery when he was teeny tiny. And, I cannot forget that he is my preemie baby. All of these things have resulted in a significant language delay.
Our little guy has grown in language acquisition over the last year and a half. He is still very delayed but progress, often very slow progress, is an appreciated blessing. Hearing new words from your child's mouth makes every parent feel proud and excited. Every milestone of a child should be celebrated. Sadly, after the first 100 words or so most parents take it for granted. I'm pretty sure I was guilty of this with my oldest!
Bee has made me appreciate everything, even things that are seemingly small. I love watching him accomplish something that he has worked so hard to achieve. I love the light in his eyes when he understands something new.
But last night, was a night that was very special to me. This is a moment that I will forever remember and hold dear to my heart. My little man greeted me at the door with open arms and very clearly exclaimed, "Mommy!" Is there a more beautiful word to a mommy's ears? Being a mommy is such a miraculous gift.
My eyes filled instantly with tears and I held him close. He must have known it was a pretty special moment too because he let me hold him close and snuggle him a few extra moments before he ran off to play.