Where does time go? I know I said I would savour every moment with Addison once we got through her transplant, but life becomes so normal at times, it’s almost a little frightening. I don’t want to forget how absolutely terrifying it was to watch our newborn baby struggle through every precious beat of her tiny heart. But I am also grateful the human brain has the capacity to overcome such trauma and move on with living.
For the first year or so, I refused to think beyond the immediate future. I didn’t dream about Addison’s first steps, her first words, her first day of kindergarten. I just couldn’t go there. But now, nearly three years later, I find myself making plans, thinking about “normal” things such as which neighbourhood school is best, will that winter coat fit her next year, and dreaming about our promised 10 year transplant trip to Africa. I have hope.
There is always a small cloud hanging over my heart. Every once in a while, it breaks out into a huge storm that shakes my core and reminds me of the harsh reality of life with a transplant child. But then the sun comes out again. And thankfully, our little world has a lot more sunshine then Vancouver’s annual allotment!
So this weekend, we celebrate another huge milestone for our amazing little Princess. Tomorrow, she turns three!! By request, there will be pony rides and a penguin cake. Then on Sunday, we will be taking part in our third Transplant Trot to raise awareness for organ donation.
The forecast is calling for blue skies and sunshine the whole weekend.
Elaine, Aaron and Addison
PS It’s not too late to sign up for the Transplant Trot. Just show up on Sunday morning at Deer Lake in Burnaby to be part of TEAM ADDISON!