Sunday, May 8, 2011

i am a mother

and my daughter had a very tough time keeping this surprise tucked behind her back this morning before Baba came down from his shower to be present for the gift giving :) i have to say, though i am always giddy about a gift certificate to my favorite photo shop (and i mean GIDDY) nothing compares to this kind of stickering and the special love that only your 5 year old can pour into one very simple, and absolutely perfect card. i am blessed blessed blessed!

(those are big hands for big hugs, btw!)

part of my weekend included a trip downtown. ransom took a short turn for the worse with some coughing and hacking, and it became persistent at night and for several, kept him (and me) up for at least a couple hours on average between 3-6 AM. he seemed so worn out and i was beginning to think i couldn't let him go on like this. he also started producing some yucky junk from his nose (still doing that) as well. we tried a cough suppressant that didn't seem to really work. and i wrote too many emails and made too many calls to our fave vet, which no doubt drove her nuts :) but it was determined, and i was reassured, that these respiratory issues were in no way causing him discomfort and that we would be able to find a way to manage the problem.

i decided, in honor of my first dog since childhood- and truly, my first dog- my buddy- the boy who has seen me through hell and back, to have a little something special placed on the pulse of my wrist, in honor of him. it was inspired by the necklace that i wear around my neck and never take off....

and the magic that cured the cough? codeine.

truthfully, i wasn't supposed to start him on it until the script is filled on monday, but it happens i have some left over of my own from last summer and i knew the dosage for him. he hasn't coughed at night in 2 days, has slept straight through, and had so much energy yesterday that he played with this tennis ball- a first in over a month! (and i promise his goofy face was not drug induced, merely a hilarious moment caught off guard)!

blessings, blessings, blessings! i am constantly amazed at his strength and resilience. i see and feel the size of his tumors and it baffles me how he keeps bouncing back. today we blessed him with holy water from Lourdes, praying over him and thanking him for his love. he teaches me everyday that death has more to do with living than dying. and this is such a good lesson!

happy mothers day... this has been the best one yet. something tells me my mom is smiling down on this weekend, on this day.


  1. Love this post, and those cards. Stickering at its best!
    Enjoy this day, you are a wonderful mother. I'm blessed to have little glimpses into your wonderfulness every now and then. Still praying for you...

  2. A wonderful glorious Mother's Day to you!


  3. Happy Mothers Day! BTW, my hubby makes that face when he take codeine too!!! (Cullen & I are very allergic to the stuff.) Although I think Andy drools a lot more than Boober!!!


  4. That sweet boy is so tough! Amazing! Love the sweet card too. Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day.

  5. That's so awesome! Years and years from now you'll take out E's Mother's Day gifts and a tide of emotions will hit you at once:o)

    I'm relieved that you found a way to suppress H.R.'s cough. Poor little guy. I pray he continues to have the same level of energy you describe above by the time you read my comments. From what I gather, he seems to have his good days and his bad days, which means you have your good days and you have your bad days. It seems that where they go, we follow. I'm all too familiar with what your going through.

    I hope you had a nice Mother's Day with G and E! I'm trying to burn off the calories from and ice-cream cake:0)

  6. This was a good post. You sound happy. That's a blessing. I'm glad it was a wonderful day. You deserve it.

  7. I still have some time to go before I get my first card from little Narelle, but E's artwork put a big smile on my face and a tear or two in my eyes...

  8. Happy Mothers day ( a bit late ) ... those cards are adorable!! Lil M made me something, too, and I am blessed.

    I'm so glad you found a way to help the coughing... and I'm praying for him, too. More time together.

    M & Lil M

  9. Love the card - that is some serious stickering :)
    Happy belated mothers day!

  10. Hope you had a wonderful mother's day!! Love E's cards!