Our sweet baby boy turned 2 this morning! So many emotions running through me today. Id love to tell you why this day is such a significant day in our lives, especially mine.
Let’s back track to about 6 years ago. January of 2011, we received the news that my great-grandmother had passed away. We knew it was coming but at the same time we were all extremely heartbroken, especially my great-grandfather. This year my grandmother would have turned 99 over Thanksgiving. Fast forward the rest of the year, graduated college. My paternal grandfather came down for my graduation and my great-grandfather sent me a gift because he couldn’t make the trip. 2012- January, 11 days before the 1 year anniversary of my great-grandmothers passing, my great-grandfather passed away. I remember how much it broke my heart. He was such a strong man but he had a broken heart. I won’t get into details about it because today is not about being sad. My grandfathers were very close and I remember how much it broke all of us.
Fast forward to August, 2012. I went overseas with my aunt and cousins and remember having such a great time. I spent time with my grandfather and all of my dad’s family. I had never been overseas “by myself” so it was definitely a different experience but a good one. Growing up my dad’s parents would come and stay with us for 6-8 months at a time so we were extremely close to them growing up. Ill never forget sitting on the couch with him watching “Cake Boss” and him telling me, when you get married we’re going to go to New Jersey and he’s going make you a cake. Actually we were really close to all of our grandparents growing up. We’ve always been a house full of generations and I think that says a lot about a family and how close they are. Currently my grandmother, my moms mom is staying with us and I don’t want her to leave!
Back to overseas- I spent as much time as I possible could with my grandfather because I didnt know if he was going to come back to the states anytime soon. All I remember is him tell me he’s tired and that he doesn’t sleep much. My grandfather was one of the strongest men that Ive ever known and it truly hurts every time I think about him. If I had a genie I would wish to spend one more day with my grandfather. Came home, skip to December of that year. I was at a dinner for my friends birthday and Ill never forget getting the phone call from my mom that my grandfather had passed away. I broke. All I could think about was getting home to my dad to hug him because I knew how hard it was going to be. My grandfather passed away December 7th, 2012.
Fast foward to 2014, December 28th got married. Fast forward to April of 2015, found out we were pregnant. Due date was December 8th. Monday, December 7th went to the doctor for a check up to see when our baby would make his grand entrance. The doctor told us it could be any day now. She said it could happen in the next couple of hours or it could be up to a week. I remember going home and finishing up some work and I started to get really uncomfortable. Went and laid down, about 2 hours later I told my mom it was time to go. Of course everyone was in a frenzy and Im like I can drive if you want. Walked into the hospital, get situated about 4pm and of course had to answer a million and one questions from the nurse while having contractions. about 730pm little Qais made his grand entrance into the world. Let me tell you that kid had to be pulled out because he was so stubborn and didnt want to come. Qais was born on December 7th, 2015.
This day is bittersweet. Bittersweet in the sense that I miss my grandfather but amazing because we brought our son into the world on this day. I see mannerism that my grandfather had, his strength, his stubbornness, his loudness in my son. I hope he grows up to be just like his great-grandfather and loves unconditionally.
To my son on your second birthday. I love you with all my heart and know that your babe (dad) & I are going to give you the moon, sun all the stars in the galaxy. We hope you have the most amazing day and you know how much you are loved. You changed our world forever and I hope you continue to change the world.