Monday, August 20, 2012

and now you are a mamma.

On Thursday evening (Atlanta time) Tillman Michael Dunn entered the world and my best friend became a mother.


It is funny how surreal it feels when your best friend becomes a real life mamma for the first time. I had nearly 10 months to prepare myself for this moment. To make sense of what was going to happen.  Sure there were many, many texts about baby names, weight gain, weird cravings, giant boobs and pictures of our growing baby bumps- but it still feels crazy.


Weren’t we thirteen just yesterday- talking about boys and passing notes in the hall at school? I mean, are we really old enough, mature enough to be mothers?!? To be responsible for someone else’s life???


The answer- yes, of course we are!!


In the midst of all that has happened over the last week and a half, one thing has really outshined all the rest- pure joy over the birth of a child who was so loved even before we knew it. He entered the world at just the right time. A time when this family was wondering how to move forward. How to look past tomorrow. How to deal with feelings of overwhelming grief and maybe even some anger about what seemed like the most untimely passing of a loved one. I guess that is what is so amazing about the human race. We are able to overcome, to move forward, to put the needs of our babies first even when we might feel like the world around us is falling apart. While I couldn’t physically be there to watch my best friend become a mother for the first time, I saw something so amazing happen. She smiled again. She feels an overwhelming love for this little tiny person she doesn’t even know yet. She now see so much hope for her future, for her family's future.

While the coming days, months and years will be filled with sorrow about the passing of her own father, life will continue on and we will all come to better understand God’s plan for what just happened. It certainly won’t be easy or a straight path that leads directly to understanding and acceptance- but it will be a journey filled with joy and hope that things will become more clear and love will continue on through new memories and happy times.

Congratulations Ginny and John Michael! I can't wait to meet this little miracle in person and cuddle him for hours!! 

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