"He's really blessed to have been placed in your family," our favorite nurse from the ped's office informed me today. I was surprised and responded, "Actually, it is we who are blessed!" I was surprised that she made the comment because, quite frankly, we see often see ourselves as slacker parents. She assured me that we will see to it that Eon gets what he needs, but mostly that we will treat him as one of the kids, first and foremost.
Her observation really blessed me because I often see myself as a bit of a slacker parent. Sometimes, it's all I can do just to tread water. I feel like I should be doing more therapy with Eon. I feel guilty that I haven't yet purchased the "Teaching Your Baby to Read" program, and I can't believe that I still have yet to watch the "Baby Signing Times" dvd I bought months ago. I am confused about which vitamins to add and when, and just now remembered that I forgot to take him to have his 6mos. labs drawn today. Sigh.
So, for her to tell me that he is blessed to be my child, is something I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around. Maybe the most important thing we can do for him as he grows is to treat him as the normal kid that he is; to expect him to do for himself when he's able, to discipline him with love and grace, to teach him to have a servant's heart, and to train him to put others before himself - just like we are doing with his older siblings. Maybe it doesn't have to be as hard as I'm making it. Either way, it was really nice to hear!