When the average person thinks of the concept of “family,” they usually think of those people who are related to them by blood…genetics…and maybe a few close friends who may have the pleasure of taking on the pet name “Auntie” or “Uncle,” but they aren’t technically related.
That’s probably how our family story would have unfolded, had we not had our preterm birth experiences. Prior to our twins arriving, my idea of the term “family” included direct relatives and lifelong friends. My, how that concept changed when our twins arrived! Suddenly we had dozens of new people a part of our lives, providing support, advice or a listening ear. Little did we know how much impact these people would have on our lives and that we’d return to somewhat of a “family reunion” whenever we entered the hospital for medical follow-ups, of which there have been many!
We’ve also had occupational therapists, speech therapists and physiotherapists who have known our twins since the month they came home from the hospital. They have seen them grow and provided so much support, dedication and sheer determination to help us get these little men off on the right foot in life. These special people in our lives have laughed with us, become exasperated and pulled their hair out with us, questioned with us, hypothesized with us, tried with us and definitely persevered with us and all in the name of our little guys. And of course, they have succeeded with us every step of the way.
Many of our support team of medical and developmental specialists are definitely as close to us as family. They will always have a special place in our hearts.
So today, designated as Family Day, I got to hang out with my family–my hubby and three amazing boys, oh and an actual blood relative–an uncle and I also thought of all the other amazing people that I truly feel are a part of our “family.” Life would have been very different if we had never met these amazing people who dedicate their lives to other families.
Happy Family Day 2013!