Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

Scarlett sent me flowers for Mother's Day (I think her daddy helped...)  I mostly enjoyed spending the day with a happy baby who is beginning to feel better.  It seems like she needs to throw up once in the morning, but then she does well all day.  I just hope that she begins to eat more soon.  She will take about 2 oz. ever few hours, but that's not nearly enough to meet her hydration and calorie needs, so we supplement every night with NG feeds.

I have not had much chance to reflect on what it is like to be a mother; I am too busy actually being one.  I feel like that last 7 months have been a blur, more "Extreme Mothering: Cancer Edition" than fairy tale.  I know other people look at me and think I am doing something incredible, but it is the only way I know.  Being Scarlett's mom is not an easy job, but I do find joy in it every day.  I love her little noises and smiles, the way she grabs my fingers and holds my hand close to her face.  I love everything about her, no matter how challenging, and I commit every day to fighting for her. 


I hope that next Mother's Day, chemo is behind us and I am still enjoying my little girl every day.

12 comments:

AliMacAtl said...

Wow! I know that you certainly did not sign up to be this kind of inspiration to thousands of people...but you are. I am amazed at the good you have brought from this fight! No wonder Scarlett is so strong, you are her mother!

~Mayhem said...

God bless you and your family.

Mommy2CJ said...

God Bless you and your family! Praying for Scarlett everyday! You and Chris are so strong. Scarlett is lucky to have you two for parents.
Happy mothers day! Glad you had a wonderful day!

Maddy said...

Happy Mother's Day! Praying for your little girl's full recovery so that, this time next year, you'll all be looking far into the future and all the joy and blessings you'll share.

Jamie said...

Bradi- you are doing something way more than incredible. You give us all hope that love really can conquer all. You give us all inspiration. You give us something to believe in. You gave the world Scarlett. Scarlett makes millions of us want to be better. The world is LITERALLY a better place because of you and Scarlett... How many people can say that?

Jamie said...

It is something incredible even though it is all you know. Being Scarlett's mother is challenging but an incredible feat at the same time. I pray that you are done with Chemo and that you are still enjoying her next year. I think that you will be. Happy belated mothers day to an incredible mother of an incredible little girl.

Amy said...

many of us have never met Scarlett but she has tons of people who love and pray for her everyday. We also pray for strength for mommy and daddy. Scarlett is very lucky to have parents who are strong enough to provide the care she needs.

The Gilje Crew said...

I don't remember how I stumbled upon your blog (maybe the bump), but I follow it and think of your family and little Scarlett. I especially thought of you on Mother's Day and was hoping you had a nice time.

I'm so happy to hear that while your first 7 months as a mother weren't "normal", you are able to see the little joys in a growing girl.

You'll continue to be in my prayers for a Mother's Day next year full of play and little to worry about.

skylac8506 said...

You are an Amazing Mother to an equally Amazing Little Girl. You may not realize it but you keep that little girl going with your Love, support, encouragement and strength! She keeps you going with her love, laughter, strength, smiles and giggles! The two of you have captivated the hearts and souls of millions around the world. I hope nothing more than to read your blog at this time next year and read about how exhausted you are chasing her from swing to slide and keeping her out of all the things she wants to get into that are not good for her..LOL! She is one heck of a fighter and We hope and pray she gets to enjoy her own mother’s day many many years down the road. Sending love and prayers from the Cozza's in CT

Becky said...

Hi Brandi,
I've posted once before, and my little one is exactly 1 year older than Scarlett. My husband bought me a beautiful butterfly pendant for mother's day this year, and I instantly thought of you and your family. In fact, everytime I see a butterfly now I think of you guys.

If there is nothing more that happens as a result of your blog, know that you have touched many many people with your story and your struggles. With your humor about things like spit up and poop, and with your trials and joys in the raising of a very precious little life.

May you and Scarlett have many more days of joy ahead of you, and I too am anxious to read about what happens when Scarlett start running around and terrorizing the dog. :) Good luck to all of you in everything you do.

Oh! And a special congrats to Aunt Lindi! :)

Michelle said...

This post is so beautiful. Happy Mother's Day to you. Hugs to your beautiful daughter Scarlett and lots of prayers that she stays strong and continues to fight.

heatherdily said...

Happy Mother's Day to you Brandi! You're an incredible mother and I know next Mother's Day you and Scarlett will be celebrating together. <3