Today I am 32 weeks along!!! It's so hard for me to believe that in 8 weeks give or take we will welcome Baby 11 into our home! I'm feeling well, and B-I-G!!! But big is so worth it when the outcome is a fuzzy headed, sweet smelling baby. There isn't anything sweeter than that! I think most Mamas would agree, if you had 100 children in your lifetime that there is nothing more wonderful than your new born being placed upon your chest for the that first nuzzle....a little slice of heaven on earth!
I knew such a mother as this, when I was growing up. The kind of Mother that would have welcomed in those 100 babies. She was a tiny, wrinkled, frail, gray haired lady who sat in a wheel chair. I didn't know her personally, and by the time I met her she couldn't communicated with me. You see this Lady was in the nursing home, and my mother was her nurse for many years. Several times a week after school I would go to the nursing home to wait until my mothers shift was over. When the patients supper came I would walk rounds with my mother as she gave out medications. A few times my mother introduced me to this Lady, my mother would always tell her "this is my daughter Laura, she is my baby". She never spoke but when my mother spoke it would often bring a smile to her face. As my mother would finish giving out medications in the dining hall this Lady seemed to always keep me captivated. She would sit in her wheel chair holding a baby doll. She held it close to her chest, rocked the doll and sang songs to it. I never saw this Lady without a baby doll in her arms. Without anyone giving you information about this Lady had you seen her for yourself you would have known, she is a MAMA! In her appearance a million words were spoken about who she was, her songs and care for her baby spoke another million about her heart ♥
My mother told me some about the Lady, she had Alzheimer's Disease. She had many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had loved being a Mama and grandmother. My mother said that her family often spoke about how she was happiest when she had a baby in her arms and was caring for little ones. My mother also told me that she didn't remember her children or grandchildren any more because of the Alzheimer's. But the thing she did remember was the one thing she loved the most, being a Mama to all her babies...her children and grandchildren!
Today being a Mama to soon to be 11 children brings great joy to my heart and I feel beyond blessed. I hope when I am old others will be able to look at me and without words spoken see on my countenance I'm a "Mama". For I am unworthy of the gift of 11 children. I praise God everyday for the miraculous gift of children, each one is very special!
"Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14