I’m just a mom making my way. My way is a little different, and yet, very much the same. I have a 13-year-old daughter, Catherine, who was born at 25 weeks and weighed one pound, nine ounces. Despite a very severe brain bleed, she lived and inspires me every day with all she works so hard to do. She has to overcome a lot: total blindness, seizures, VP shunt, spastic quadraplegic cerebral palsy, hip subluxation, laryngo-malasia, massive global developmental delay, g-tube fed. Oh, and now significant food allergies.
I also have a 9 year old daughter, Sarah. When I started this blog, she was 17 mos. old. She arrived right on schedule after I hung out in bed for four months trying to keep her from being too early like her big sister. I picked the name Sarah because one of the lesser known meanings of the name is “one who laughs.” Thankfully, she does – big time.
Brian is my husband and their stay-at-home Daddy. He is the love of my life, and we’ve been married almost 24 years. I still don’t know why he picked me, but I am so thankful that he did. I cannot imagine my life without him, and I want more than anything in this whole entire world for him to be happy. I still kiss him first when I walk through the door each night.
So, why the title: Just Wait And See? Well, we were in the NICU for 121 days with Catherine. Nearly every question we asked was typically answered, “We’ll just have to wait and see.” It became a joke. My Dad even had t-shirts printed that we gave to all our doctors and nurses when we finally graduated from Johns Hopkins Hospital. They read, “Just Wait And See.”
And so we are. Feel free to wait and see with us.
Summer 2010 (Catherine is 5 and Sarah is 18 mos.)
After 7 years with this blog, I thought I should post a new photo of the family. Wow! Look how much we’ve changed. This is from New Year’s Day, 2016. Catherine was about to turn 12 and Sarah almost 8.