Guess who is back!
The cutest, sweetest little boy my world has ever known!
Nap time snuggles... irreplaceable!
Did I ever tell you that I never really wanted to have kids?
Probably. It wasn't my thing.
To most people, "having kids" would mean raising one or two "typical" children in a household with a mom and a dad. And often, that mom and dad wanted kids.
Brady P. and I are not the norm!
Instead, I raise this little boy with an extra chromosome. Extra indeed. Me and him. Him and me. Unless we have family in town or an occasional sitter.
I went from not wanting a child to that being my life!
Want to know that ironic part?
I love it!
I absolutely love hanging out with that little man (with the balance of school, of course!). He is such a joy. He's an extreme test of patience, psychology, energy and troubleshooting, but a joy nonetheless.
And that somewhat selfish woman that I used to be has totally transformed her purpose in life. I have realized that my life is not even really about me. None of our lives are really about ourselves. They're about how we act and react toward others. How we give of ourselves in order to help others thrive.
With that said, let me give a quick shout out to Brady P's grandparents: Grammy, Gramps, Nana and Grampy. They have all, in their own way, gone above and beyond what I thought grandparents would ever desire to do for their grandkids. I am amazed.
Though it's not biologically likely, I may have a slim chance of being a grandma someday. I promise to always give of myself for those little tykers if I get that chance. Because, like I just said, that's what life is about.
That's the most fulfilling thing you can do for somebody else: help them in their time of need.
So through this whole cycle of, wow, now I have a kid, and wow, I really need help, and wow, look at how people step up to help, and wow, look how much love my child brings into this world, I'd say I'm a much different person.
Not just different, but better. Purposeful and worthy. Full of love and light to share.
This world isn't just about my career and what I want to do. It's not about yours either. It's about showing kindness and compassion toward others -- especially when times are tough.
That is really how we become better people. It's how we learn and grow. And it helps make this world a better place.
Thanks for doing your part! What's next?
Spot on Amanda!ReplyDelete
Wishing you and Brady P a wonderful Holiday season!
Beautiful photo!.. and congratulations on a decade since your first blog if I’m not mistakenReplyDelete