Moments1As a parent of a premature baby, or the parent of a child facing any sort of challenge, or the parent of, well, any child…there are those moments… those moments that stop you in your tracks, and simply take your breath away.

It might be a first…a child’s first word, or step, or lost tooth, or first ride on a bicycle without training wheels, or first day of Kindergarten.

It could also be a last…a child’s last bottle, or diaper, or last day of third grade, or ball game of the season.

It may be one of those ordinary, everyday moments…lying in bed sharing a favorite bedtime story, or a little hand coming down to rest on your shoulder, or watching your sleeping child’s breath gently rise and fall.

You can’t predict when they’re going to come, and it’s often when you least expect it.

I had a big one the other day.

The founder of NANT – The National Association of Neonatal Therapists Sue Ludwig has become a friend and asked me to speak at next year’s convention.  Before this year’s convention held in May, Sue asked me to send her some photos of Andie for a video she’d show during the convention.

I heard from Sue that the convention was a great success and the video was a hit, so I scrolled my mouse over to the highlighted blue link and pressed play when the video came up. Images of tiny babies flashed on the screen, and then, there was my girl, all grown up, sitting tall and proud on the back of a horse and in the middle of a field of blazing buttercups.

I’ve now watched the video many times, but each time it continues to be one of those moments all over again.

What moments have stopped you in your tracks lately?