The Chosen One

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by Brittney Baumgartner

We all have done it and have seen that Facebook can be one of the many places for family and friends to share good and even sombre news. 

I do it all the time, as I created a personal page for my son Oliver for all his accomplishments, medical updates, and even silly videos.

This helps people who want to stay involved do so, at a convenience, when life becomes hectic.

Usually when I share things I try to make it more so of the good things, rather than the bad.

And even though it may not look like it, there is always something I could complain about or share that isn’t sprinkles and rainbows.

That is just how life is. Especially when health and life isn't always on our side.

But I always hear from our friends and family that I was specifically chosen to be Oliver’s mom because I could handle it.

That I always seem to have my ducks in a row, because I am in and out of therapies, doctor’s appointments, practices, and more.

This could not be further from the truth and I like to share that every now and then, because sometimes we can view people from afar and build an envy for how their life may seem.

We view these people and look at our own lives, thinking we can’t even make it through one day without a breakdown, yet here they are multitasking multiple kids and a million activities all while having dinner and laundry done by six.

That could be me on a very, very good and rare day, but that is definitely not my daily life.

I just try to take each day as it comes with three major check points for all my kids. 

Are they fed? Check! More or less healthy and in good shape (meaning no major injuries and have the same amount of limbs they started off the day with)? Check! And the final one, do I have all three? Check!

As long as these are all accounted for, I can guarantee that you could visit my house any given time and find countless toys strewed across the floor, food and crumbs under the high chair and family table, and a dirty diaper or two that didn’t yet make it to the diaper pail.

I don’t always have my ducks in a row, no matter what it may look like.

Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone is 100% every day of their lives.

You just have to find a plan and routine that works for your own family and stop comparing it to others. 

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