Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Greatest Generations

We have fashioned a lot about how we are trying to raise O from how we saw our mothers, our grandmothers, our great-grandmothers and our aunts raise their children. We want a simpler, more down-to-earth life for O and for us. That means we cook and eat homemade meals, we keep up on the housework, we keep up on the laundry, we take ample time to get on the floor and play with O rather than parking her in a convenience baby care item. We know this isn't possible for all parents today, and are grateful that we are blessed with the ability to do so. The realization that it is hard work makes us admire and appreciate the lives of giving and sacrifice by the generations that preceded us. We have some extra work having a child with special needs ... the extra doctor and therapy appointments that throw O off of her rhythm for multiple days, the different ways that somethings have to be done. Certainly being older parents doesn't help. O makes it all worthwhile, but we hoping to hire some part-time in-home assistance to help with baby care and light housework. To us, such a person will have a role much like that of an extended family member or what an older child might have done when we were growing up. Much like God has blessed us with O, we pray that God will help lead us to the right helper.

- Daddy O

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