This week she said "love mama" over and over and over again. She could never say it too many times. She has been reaching for my hands, hugging me, pulling me closer and it fuels my soul in ways I can't describe. When she wraps her little arms around me and pulls me close I just breathe her in and want to swallow her up. She used to hate to be touched or cuddled. Holding hands or having her even hold onto you was simply out of the question. We respected Cecily's space and despite many tears when no one was looking I refused to give up hope. What is life without hope? I imagined this day and now that it is here I am thrilled! I truly feel like Cecily is the best present. Every day we open a new gift and we celebrate together as a family. Her Grandmother Judith said that Cecily was Christmas right before she passed. This has stuck with us and we couldn't agree more!
Today's present was yet another word. She said "down". She can say "up" so we're very excited that she is picking up new word. We are so lucky to have a team of people that help us and dote on Cecily with love and care.
Tonight when Daddy and Noah came home she welcomed them both with happy wails of "Baba" and "Dadda..." She still calls Noah her Baba and he is quick to point this out to anyone who hears her say it!
This weekend we had planned to complete our 10th room makeover. We got to meet the deserving family and I got a dose of inspiration. This baby and his Mom are the reason we founded Cecily's Closet. You'll be hearing about their story soon but they have touched my heart and I know they will touch yours. At our core we are here to offer hope. Every day is not easy. There are moments of panic and fear and worry. But there are wonderful moments when anything seems possible. And this is what we will celebrate. This is what will give us the fight to keep on going. After all there are hair bows waiting to be tied onto french braids, there are presents waiting to be opened and aren't you just a little bit curious about what tomorrow will bring? Onwards and upwards!