When I think about who I admire, more specifically women I admire, I have a hard time narrowing it down to a specific person or group of women. However, there are certain groups of women, in recent years who have touched my life.
~ I admire Mothers of Preemies. Preemies come with so many special challenges at the start of their lives and the mothers have to be resilient, and remain hopeful in the face of the uncertainties. There are SO many unknowns when you have a child(ren) born too early.
One child is a challenge. I thought I had it tough with one, and then I had twins. And now I watch mothers of triplets, quintuplets and sextuplets and I am grateful for my twins and singleton. I admire those women who, often after enduring life in the NICU find their way to a balanced life with multiples underfoot. Well done ladies!
~I admire Mothers of Monoamniotic-Monochorionic Twins – it is a special journey all its own.
**These women mentioned above, happen to be in a group with me…and I really do not want to seem like I am admiring myself because that is not the case. I have a unique perspective, because I have been in their shoes and I know what they are enduring, I empathize with their journey and I know that I personally came out on the lucky end of all three of those things. I had two babies, who were preemies and Monoamniotic-monochorionic twins, but our journey wasn’t nearly as challenging as it could have been. I am blessed with healthy, happy babies who have wonderful tempraments. I am lucky. I admire those with triplets (or more!), those with preemies who had a journey filled with setbacks, and mothers of Momo twins who lost one or both of their beautiful children. Although we endured some of these challenges, I know we were fortunate to avoid the bulk of the most difficult and heartbreaking scenarios. So…this is why I admire those who have been in my shoes but amplified ten fold.
~I admire women who have battled cancer . I am inspired by their resiliency.
~I admire single mothers. They do it all on their own, and make it work. It’s amazing and something to be proud of. We all live our lives, and most of us envision life in a partnership raising children, and when it must be endured alone, that’s an exceptional challenge.
~ I admire wives of deployed soldiers. Especially those who remain positive in the face of life without their partner for an extended period of time.
~ I admire Nurses – I was cared for by an army of nurses throughout my hospital stay with the twins. There are no words for their dedication, patience and love. They are the reason my girls are here today.
~I admire Mothers of Special Needs Children – Children who require continued assistance requires a Mother with optimism, unconditional love, and overall commitment to their child’s needs over their own.
~I admire Women who in the face of challenges choose the positive path. It’s not always easy to make that choice to focus on the good in life, to continue to make good choices, even when the bad are tempting and simple fixes. I admire those who make their lives work in the face of challenge and they do it in a way that’s positive.