16 Jan 2014

Small Steps For Abby Gene, Big Steps for Mama

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The day has come. I knew it might be a long road, but I never knew that it would take this much to get here.

If you are just tuning in, Abby Gene is baby #4 in a family of 4 kids + 2 parents. She has a rare medical condition and had a surgery in April 2013 that set her gross motor skills back, just a little. We have worked hard as a team, hard as a family to get her here. Emotionally, there have been days that have brought me to my knees and have taken the wind out of my sails. I have tried to remain positive through it all, but some days, it was too much to deal with. My highs have been highs, and my lows have been lows. The balance, of… well… everything, has been the biggest challenge of my parenting thus far {and I KNOW we have a very long road still to go.}

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BUT, today, Abby Gene had big steps and a smile on her face. Big steps for Mama because she has taught me so much more than just patience. She has showed me that days are long, life is short. Family will always be here no matter what to help get you to the finish line. And yes, patience…I have never been the most patient of people. But, everyone has their own time. Their own time to shine, to blossom, to grow. I am taking 2014 off. Off in the sense that I will sit back a little {we are not getting crazy here people…this is Marisa you are talking with} but I will try to remember that no matter how long the day, this year will come and go faster than I wanted. I will blink and my babies will be grown. It’s already happening. But I am going to try and soak it up with memories, because at the end of the day, isn’t that all we have?

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Marisa is a Mama to 4 kids and resides in Tampa, Florida with her family. Connect with her on Twitter @TampaMama to learn more about Tampa Bay and things to do with kids, Florida family travel, travel adventures and tips or her secret parenting tips for staying alive while wrangling 4 kids. She has a "official" business background in marketing + PR + events, but now plays daily with social media strategy, brand development and digital media. Days are long. Life is short.

One Response to “Small Steps For Abby Gene, Big Steps for Mama”

  1. Reply Kim says:

    So excited for Abby! Great job Mama!

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