February 8, 2023
Annapolis, US 42 F

Be CORAgeous!

It’s been a while since I have taken the time to discuss Vivian’s recent adventures. In the past couple of months she has enjoyed four plane rides (well, maybe only “enjoyed” two of them and “endured” the other two), one camping trip…in a tent, developed an obsession for Cheerios and yogurt, welcomed her first two teeth (third on the way), has mastered “dada”, learned to sit and play, learned to pull herself up to standing, has been practicing “changing table acrobatics” (a new sport I am not sure I have ever witnessed and keeps me very much on my toes) and has become quite ticklish. The changes day-to-day are astounding. She is growing stronger, taller, and sometimes less patient by the day. We have encountered our first “fit” when not being fed quickly enough, had our first crazy outing at a restaurant where I am sure the server cursed us as we left (they have always been mild until last week), and enjoyed a day together at the aquarium. Watching her eyes follow the swimming creatures was amazing. Our little beauty is continuing to surprise me from moment to moment.

I continue to mold more into “mommy” regularly. The not-so-practical cars have FINALLY gone away in exchange for the typical four-door SUV and a family sedan. Often times I do not even bother taking my handbag anywhere; I have learned that the wallet in the diaper bag is completely acceptable. I have accepted the fact that my little “tummy pouch” will never truly dissipate and the c-section scar is no longer an ugly line, but instead a reminder of one of the happiest moments of my life. I am enjoying the ability to relate better to my sister and some longtime friends that have been mommy’s for some time. I value play dates, baths, coffee and good wine more than I ever knew possible. My “make-up” regimen leaves much to be desired and stretch pants seem to be my uniform these days. When thinking of family, I seem to reminisce much more than before. Wondering what my late grandmother, for whom Vivian was named, would have thought of her. I miss the important women in my life that can not be here with me to enjoy her, and cherish those that are here working hard to try to keep them connected…regardless of the distance. The internet is a wonderful thing. My appreciation for the simple things…good health, good relationships, and good conversation…is deeper. Some other things of which I remind myself; carry-out is okay, being tired is not the end of the world, and my cell phone does need to occasionally get abandoned.

My primary feeling each day; being thankful. I am so, so blessed. Our family of three has our health, a home, and love. None of these things I take for granted. Instead of including a little suggestion at the end of this piece, I ask you to please read the last portion and see if there is anything you can do for this wonderful, local family.

Recently a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. I learned of this during a client meeting one morning and rushed home and hugged Vivian tighter than ever before. My heart was breaking at the thought of what my fellow mommy-friend was going through. Since the diagnosis, Heather’s strength, communication, courage, and dedication to her daughter and her family has amazed me. Cora is just a year-and-a-half old. She is beautiful, smiley, and CORAgeous! A wonderful team of volunteers has organized some events to help Cora and the family as they patiently await a bone marrow transplant. Please visit Cora’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/BeCORAgeous to get involved in the fund-raising efforts. To make a donation, visit http://www.giveforward.com/cor​adalik. On August 20th there will be a large yard sale, where all proceeds will go toward Cora’s medical expenses. If you have items you are willing to donate to this sale, please comment on this article.

Any support is appreciated!





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