Though I have greatly enjoyed all my babies, I can say I have probably appreciate Solomon the most. That is because of Lilly and what she taught me about learning to treasure each moment. We really have no idea how long we each will be here. Just because you and I don't have Trisomy 18 doesn't mean we're guaranteed to have a long healthy life!
I love holding Solomon and feeling his body get super relaxed and then hear his breathing and know that he is asleep in my arms. Before I lay him down in his little bed for his nap, I pause and savor the feeling. I silently pray "Thank you God for this moment."
I try and thank God for the many "moments" during my very busy days. Here is another "thank you God" moment, as I raced by the living room today in the middle of a chore:
One angel mom shared recently that some people had told her that she shouldn't be holding her rainbow baby so much because it would spoil the baby. I'm a pretty laid back person, but every time I think about what this woman shared I get quite irritated. Why do people feel like it's their business to tell others things like that? Especially someone who is in a situation they don't understand. Unless you have lost a child, you just can not understand what it feels like to have a rainbow baby in your arms and all the emotions that go with it. That mama, should be left alone to enjoy her baby and soak up all the healing that God is giving her through that baby! OK ... rant over. (And we won't tell those people that I am still sleeping all night holding Solomon! I would need another blog post to tell you how beneficial that has turned out to be.)
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18