Oh happy day! Your Nana has come to town for a visit! For anyone who doesn't know, your nana (AKA my mom, Joan) is a quiet, calm, yet energetic, red haired bundle of joy! ...and she has traveled all the way from the mitten state, just to play with her grand babies...oh and maybe to see daddy and mommy too!
Side note: Nana once drove 12 hours (with Papa) from Michigan to NC the day you were born, fresh off of having major back surgery (she should've stayed home to recover) but she just couldn't wait meet you!
You were perfect to her then, and still to this day you are just as perfect!
She has an amazing relationship with not only you, but sister and brother as well!
If you're looking to swing - she's ready to catch clouds with you!
Need a snack - it's probably already made!
Wanting to craft - game on!
Need a laugh - You have a special game of chase around the kitchen island that I swear brings out the absolute best belly laughs I've ever heard!
When it's time to wind down and relax - snuggle up to nana her hands give off this amazingly calm, warm energy and having been a Therapeutic Myomassologist and Reflexologist you may be on the lucky end of a deeply relaxing foot rub which we all know you love! ...I can't tell a lie, I love it too!
She's there for us all, no questions asked. We may not always have the same opinion on parenting, but she's always encouraging me that "We" (daddy and mommy) are making the right choices for our family.
She's here to embrace milestones, take witness to all this life has for us, and to just enjoy the laughter...seriously the laughter is amazing!
I too look forward to the day when I can chase your children around the kitchen island listening for the belly laughs! One day Addie, one day.
Until then... One of the best parts of her being my mom is she gets to be your nana.
Enjoy your visit!
From a very young age we knew you were our "adventurous" child! You have been on the verge of giving your mom and dad a heart attack many times!
At 10 months old (in complete stealth mode) you climbed out of your crib, down a flight of stairs, and into the living room where we were sitting. In shock of what had just occurred, we soon learned this was only the beginning of what you could do!
Future American Ninja Warrior? Maybe.
The climbing was one thing. Your proprioceptive senses were awakened! Your body discovered how much it enjoyed (and needed) the way your joints felt with movement and pressure. You were on the move now!
Eventually you would discover that you enjoyed being able to look at things from a completely different perspective...up high. Really high. Too high! And you had all the ability to climb your way to heights that would be frightening for us too see!
Standing on tables, the piano, counters, on the window ledges the list goes on and on... these were all almost harmless compared to the time you shimmied your way up and along the stair banister to wind up on the wrong side of the balcony, two stories up looking down onto our foyer. You basically laughed at the baby proofing banister guards & in the process scared the s&!t out of your parents. Thanks for the grey hair.
We surely don't condone your adventurous climbing (unless outside), but luckily for us you seem to have amazing vestibular senses (balance)! Thank goodness for that!
For you my dear, you live in a very visual world. When you are up high, surveying your surroundings, life is far more calming. You can organize what you are seeing and the bigger picture just makes more sense.
Yup, I get it.
Sometimes I think you wish you were a bird. Do you think you could do me a favor and be more like an penguin though and stay on the ground!!??!??
"I love them, like they are my own".
This is a phrase I've heard a lot of people say, generally from moms who are referring to their friend's children.
One of the first things we were told when we learned of your diagnosis was find a good support system. "You'll need it!" they would say.
Well, let me tell you sweet girl, we have been blessed with the best there is!
We have friends that keep toys around their house instead of donating them, just because you love them. They will stash pink squares (starbursts) away if they are out with us just in case you need them. They will even barricade their front doors in their homes when we're visiting in case you decide that it's time to leave and go exploring. They come hang out with us at our house because they know it's less stressful for you....and maybe a little easier on your mom and dad as well.
We have met so many friends along this journey (all of which are absolutely priceless and so very special to us), but this week we got to spend some time with a friend (and her family) that I'd like to tell you a little bit about and how she has truly embraced this adventure with us!
This friendship began when your big sister Clara and my friend's oldest daughter (that has the most beautiful blonde curls that would make Goldie Locks jealous) became best friends in 3yr preschool many years ago. Gabe was instant friends with her little sister and years later we would both welcome our 3rd blessings (that's you my dear) into the world, making us a giant party of 10 anywhere we went!
As the years went on (and we moved from state to state), she... with her family drove hours, sometimes even days to visit us. They came to see us in NY multiple times - even spending holidays and birthdays together, and they even ventured all the way to Texas battling July heat and mosquitos!
Fun fact: she was even there as we were packing our moving truck in NY headed to TX! What a great friend!
She always would tease mom and dad by saying that we needed to provide a disclosure when meeting new friends telling them to "be warned we will leave you" - because we moved so many times!
But she refused to let this be true! Even though we moved, she always remained close to us and always had a passion for connecting with YOU my love.
She watched you grow. Witnessed your challenges and accomplishments. She's always been one of your biggest supporters and mommy's too!
She loves you, like you are her own.
When things actually looked like moving back to NC was a reality, she was there to welcome us with open arms!
I've seen her eyes fill with tears when you finally said her name. I promise you, the excitement she gets when you play and engage with her is just pure joy to witness. My heart melts a thousand times over. Because...
She loves you, like you are her own.
Nobody ever said motherhood or parenthood rather was easy and I truly understand what "it takes a village" means now.
So we are beyond blessed to have "Miss Susan" in our village Addie, because she loves you, like you are her own.
You are loved.