When I was visiting my daughter Natalie in Salt Lake City with my son Alexander, we all went out for dinner. We were waiting for our food and started to reminisce about their childhood years. At one point I turned to my daughter and told her how proud I was of her many accomplishments and remarked on how much I would have loved to have had her smarts. Unfortunately, I also said that she was just as sharp as her dad, unlike me and her brother. Lacking in dexterity, I could not shove my foot in my mouth right at that moment and right away my son, who does not miss a beat loudly objected by saying: "Geez mom, give me some credit!". You know it was one of those moments when you are so overcome by one of the traits one of your kids has that you want to let them know how proud you are of them and when you just choose the wrong words to express it in front of the other child. I tried to vigorously point out that my son is also very smart and that I love the many qualities he has, after all he is a carbon copy of me, but if you are a mom, you might guess how successful that attempt was. I don't think there is any parent out there who does not think that each of their kids are extraordinary and possessed qualities that are unique to them.
So today's post will be about my son and a little glimpse into our seldom shared private live. My son was born nine years after my daughter for no other reason other than we really wanted to have another baby. Yes, it took us nine years to figure that one out, but he was no accident - we planned and waited for his arrival.
My son was super cute as a toddler, so cute that when we were in Hawaii Japanese tourist would ask if they could have a photo with him! Yup there are families in Japan who have my son in their family photo album. A bit strange, don't you think? Even as a little toddler he was always smiling and cheerful and had the ability to make others smile in his presence. I would and still call him my little sunshine, because me makes me happy and always brightens my day!
When he was about 4 we had just bought a new house and were doing some landscaping in the backyard when Alex, who wanted to help picked up a brick and somehow managed to smash it on his finger. Don't ask - I have no idea how he did it, but off to the emergency ward we went. Fortunately all his badly bruised and bleeding finger needed was some cleaning and once it was all wrapped up we were sent home again. But then it happened - he started to get gravely sick so fast that within a crazy short time my healthy little boy had hallow looking cheeks and could not even walk upright. In a matter of days, he got so sick that he was admitted to the hospital and turned into a human guinea pig. Test after test, no one could figure out was wrong with him. As a parent when you see your child just wasting away in front of your eyes, it is like someone reached into your body and is ripping out your heart. Darkness had settled over our days and we were getting extremely worried about his condition. But just like it is in nature, after every storm the clouds move away and make room for the sun. Alex's immune system responded and his health slowly turned a corner. Over time he regained his strength and his smile brightened our days again. To this day we do not know what exactly had happened and the guess is that he must have picked up a viral infection caused by the brick accident.
Remember I had said Alex was helping when the accident happened. Alexander was always helping ever since he was little. What makes your child extraordinary isn't just the epic stuff. It’s the little things. The small moments that maybe only you see — and quietly celebrate every day.
Here is a little video I created for you Alex :)
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I celebrate the special person he is. My son is a very caring individual who has this wonderful ability to forget about his own needs in order to help others. I have often marveled how time after time he has re-arranged his schedule to help others, never complaining and always with a smile. I always laugh when I ask him for help around the house because he always says: "Give me 5 minutes" or "can I do it in 5 minutes". Why he needs those 5 minutes we have not figured out yet, but we all know that after the 5 minutes are over we have his undivided attention and that we can count on his help. He is attuned to the way people feel and I don't think there is a soul out there that had ever had his feelings hurt by something my son said or did. He has an extraordinary gift to draw people to him. Everyone feels at ease around him and his warmth and friendliness is a quality in him that is truly extraordinary!
When I was asked to write about what makes my child extraordinary and what I think about Stanford Children’s Health I was reminded of how close we came to loosing Alexander. When you do not know what is wrong with your child you are at the mercy at whatever hospital is closest to you. In hind sight I think as a parent of young children it might be wise to scope out hospitals to learn more about their services so if you ever find yourself in need of help you know where to turn to.
Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has been the top-ranked children’s hospital in Northern California for over a decade. The have a brain and behavior center which caters to children who suffer from brain injuries. Their team offers psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery care and treat newborns and children for a wide range of maladies including epilepsy, tumors, congenital disorders and even spinal deformity. They are nationally ranked as the best Children's hospital in cancer and blood diseases.
Stanford Children’s Health is the largest Bay Area healthcare provider with an exclusive focus on children and expectant women. What better way to get to know a hospital for young parents than to take a class at the facility. If you live in San Francisco you can visit the hospital and take classes in Pregnancy and Newborn , Car Seat Fitting, Preteens & Teens, Safety Classes, etc. Here is a list of current classes.
Your kid, and every kid, is extraordinary. Celebrate your extraordinary kid!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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