The other day I cried in the grocery store. But I wasn’t sad – I was actually very happy. I was overcome with emotion because everything was just so normal. Cody and Eli were riding in the cart together for the first time. It was so fun seeing big brother teach his little brother how to “drive” the car.
I stepped back for a moment and just took it all in. A year ago, I couldn’t visualize what our new “normal” would be. Heck, 6 months ago I still really had no idea. Two days ago, in the middle of the grocery store, I finally caught a glimpse of it.
We really are no different than we were before Eli came along. Eli does typical things. Things I was once so worried he wouldn’t, or couldn’t, do. He eats, he drinks from a cup, he plays, he moves all over the floor, he talks (babbles “Mama”, “Dada”, “Ba Ba”), he’s learning to sign, he smiles, he laughs, he steals the hearts of most people he encounters. Yes, another major surgery is looming on the horizon – but right now I am choosing to bask in the normalcy of life. And praying for it to stay this way for awhile.