So I had one of those days yesterday. One of those tough, yet likely pivotal days in our journey. . . or at least in MY journey. Chloe and I had a play date with a good friend who I actually shared Chloe's due date with! Her daughter arrived very early and Chloe just a little early, but in Maine while we were on vacation. Clearly both girls have a flare for drama!!! Anyway, her sweet little girl, one month older than Chloe, is just thriving in so many ways. It's the first time Chloe's been with a baby her age in awhile and it was very apparent to me all of a sudden all the things she's NOT doing. I spend my many hours and days focused on what she IS doing and celebrating all her new skills. But this day I was reminded of all she wasn't doing and all the things she struggles with (simple things like reaching for toys). It was hard. A hard day. . .
But then some time went by and I realized how wonderful it was for Chloe to be with this other baby who is her age and doing well. A baby who showed her to take a toy away from her. . . a baby who showed her how to shake a toy for the first time EVER. A baby who showed her it's fun to be a baby. I realize that the things that were hard for me were really just that - hard for ME. Although Chloe was a little overwhelmed she managed well and even learned some new skills. I hope she gets to have regular playdates with her little friend as they have so much to offer each other. It's exciting, thrilling even, to think of all the possibilities ahead of her and in the relationships she can form. I know she will touch so many lives as she has already, but so many lives will touch her as well. What a truly wonderful thing.