Happy Birthday McKinley!
McKinley is truly an amazing daughter. I know I know…every parent thinks their child is amazing and wonderful and the best. But duh, if a parent didn’t feel like that about their children then I would be confused…possibly even concerned.
McKinley has grown into this free spirited little girl. My little hippie. Her heart is bigger than her body and her hugs sweeter than sugar. She is silly, funny, happy, and bright. Brilliant actually.
Watching McKinley’s growth has been soul changing. Life altering. Inspiring. Faith building. Empowering. The vocab list goes on, but every writer knows that telling you is one thing and showing you is another. I want to show you.
When I think of McKinley’s life, I think back to when my husband and I found out we were pregnant. McKinley was planned, after an unplanned pregnancy, and unfortunate miscarriage. To me, that’s when this adventure began. No matter what, if you are adopting, doing surrogacy, in vitro, etc… It’s a process. And in any given process you will find love and commitment.
I took the road less traveled by and it has made all the difference.
McKinley’s birth was a struggle, but a precious gift. 19 hours of labor, with some unforeseeable aftermath complications, and high levels of stress. Though, it was all worth it, because I met the most beautiful girl. That’s what life is all about. The struggles and sacrifices. And then, the gifts. Gifts of love, growth, and enlightenment. I’ll never forget seeing her wide awake eyes. It was, I swear, the most breath taking moment.
Here is a look back at some of those struggles and gifts:
McKinley had Jaundice first week.
First Month : Smile
Second Month: McKinley holds head up
3rd month: I graduate with Masters degree in Social Work (& first time failing board exam)
Same month (3rd): we moved in with my parents.
4th month: McKinley pushes up! My husband leaves his job.
5th month: McKinley eats cereal & I create McKinleyMilestones Blog
6th month: My husband starts law school & McKinley Sits up
7th month: I fail exam again, but McKinley pulls herself to standing!
8th month: McKinley starts to teeth!!! & I quit my job.
9th Month: McKinley meets Santa & I finally pass the board exam!
10th month: My father & Grandpa (Pawpaw) almost dies, and then is diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer.
11th month: McKinley is practically walking! My husband does extremely well in law school, is asked to be a TA, and research assistant.
12th month: Dad gets internship/job at law firm. Mom gets published. McKinley walks.
Through all of these hardships and accomplishments, my husband has been my rock, and McKinley my light. I love you both an insane amount.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~The chance for growth is infinite!~ Georgia