This week has been a tough one emotionally–not only was Thursday my late mother’s birthday, but tomorrow is also Mother’s Day. I lost my mom very recently (last September) after her thirty-year-long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed at the age of 27 right before she was married after being misdiagnosed with Lyme disease. Over the past fifteen years, I’d watched her change from someone who could walk fairly long distances with only a little bit of difficulty to someone who could not even push herself up in bed. After multiple, weeks-long stays in the Newport, RI hospital, and a stint in an assisted living facility, she was doing well enough to move to D.C. when my dad was assigned to a position there. Unfortunately, she quickly declined, and she passed away a little under a month after she moved to D.C.
I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately as I start my journey as a mom. I’m so glad to have the baby books she kept when I was born–it makes me feel like she is here with me. And I’m so grateful to have such a great mother-in-law to talk to about all sorts of motherhood things. But it’s so strange to be doing this without my mom.
(I love this picture of her–she was about my age when this was taken on Centre Island.)
A few links from this week:
Today is the last day of the Sid and Ann Mashburn warehouse sale in Atlanta. I wish I was there!
Jen is one of my favorite bloggers, and I always read and re-read her posts. I particularly loved this one on motherhood.
I also loved Grace’s post on early NYC nostalgia–it definitely rang true to my post-college years in D.C.! Despite–or perhaps because of–being from Manhattan, I didn’t have the drive to move back right out of college. Starting my adult life in a quieter city was perfect for me 🙂