Sunday, August 2, 2009

Our Song

So my little boy turned four at the beginning of July. It was a crazy, hectic time and I didn't get to do a sappy birthday post, reflecting on how quickly these four years have gone by, and how I can't believe what a little man he's turning into.

So I'm going to get sappy now!

When Seamus was about three months old, we lived with my parents for a few weeks in between selling one house and moving into another. During this time, we got his official diagnosis of achondroplasia. Of course, it wasn't an easy time, being cramped into one small bedroom together, with a new baby, and trying to adjust to this new life and new diagnosis that we had been thrust into. One day, I was sitting in my parents' living room, rocking with Seamus in the rocking chair, and flipping through the channels. I stopped at CMT to watch a few videos, and that's when this song came on.






You know how we sometimes have those "A-ha" moments, and everything suddenly seems to fall into place and make sense? That's what happened to me when I heard this song. After weeks and weeks of worrying about bringing up a child in this world who wouldn't fit the typical mold, it all became clear to me. I realized...there's no way that life is always going to be perfect or easy! But as long as I am able to instill pride and a positive attitude in my son, then he will be okay. Everything will be okay.

This song became our anthem, the song we would play for him as a tiny baby, and the song he now loves to sing as a big 4-year-old. I carry these words around with my daily on my keychain.
And of course, if he decides to get married, on his wedding day this will be the song he dances to with his mom.

Happy birthday to my little baby...

My big boy...

Always remember to dream big.

10 comments:

Jaime said...

I love this song and the message that it's sending out! What a beautiful choice of songs for Seamus!

Jillsblog said...

You should have added to bring tissues....nice song...maybe we can have it played at the next National LPA...for all our kids!!! Nice job...Dream big...

Laura Wolf said...

What beautiful, inspire words. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Remember when for Preston's first birthday you wrote this out, Devon drew pictures and you framed the lyrics for Preston? I totally bawled reading it out loud. It is so beautiful! And seriously Seamus is a doll in that baby pic-I don't recall that one. And the newest pic is my new favorite Seamus picture. Happy Birthday and dream big dude! We love you!

Jen Weisser said...

Ok so I am totally crying right now! Just brought back so many memories of thoughts & fears. Such a totally fitting song! Love it!

Melisa said...

Dream Big! I love it. I love your post. Brought a tear to my eye. Happy Birthday Seamus!

Caden and Mommy said...

Emily! What a sweet song and a sweet post! Seamus is so lucky to have you and Devon for parents!
Adorable pictures of that precious baby and now big cool 4 year old :0) It goes so quickly .... careful Mommy, that wedding day will be here before you know it :0(

Greene Family said...

So sweet!! Beautiful and perfect song for you and your big boy! He is so adorable, and I love the pictures! I just want to hug him!
I'll have to play this song for Simon when he wakes up from his nap!

Poppy said...

I remember like it was yesterday bringing you home for the first time and dancing with you to the song Stevie Wonder wrote for his new baby daughter "Isn't She Lovely" ... and then 25 years later (after going though all the same parent worries you have)dancing with my beautiful baby Emily on her Wedding Day !
Dreams Do Come true - both Big and Small !

Monica Hagen said...

Such a nice song. Does bring tears to your eyes