BREATHE: Something I find myself forgetting to do far too often. Fear and worry can at times become so heavy that I find myself drowning in the air that surrounds me. My mind starts spinning uncontrollably about open heart surgery, pulmonary hypertension, oxygen, developmental milestones, therapy, speech, inclusion, muscle tone, chores, laundry, work, and Down Syndrome (note how far this one is down on the list- we’ll come back it later) that I actually forget to do the one thing that comes most natural to us. I get so caught up in my own thoughts that I actually gasp aloud for air at times. I snap myself back to reality, most often to a “so you forgot to breathe again, huh?” Comment & eye roll combo courtesy of my husband. Gosh, I really have to learn to gasp more conspicuously. But I’ve realized that despite his tiny stature, 3 heart defects, and pulmonary hypertension, that my 14 week old baby has it more together that I do. People keep saying “good job mama!” But in all honesty- I’m not doing a darn thing. Without words he tells me how to feel and what to do daily. When I’m stressed or annoyed he’ll pull out a huge smile or new trick to bring me back down to reality and into a positive space. His timing is perfection and his ability to stop me in my tracks for a snuggle, is flawless. Thank you Cooper for slowing me down and reminding me that nothing is more important than enjoying each and every moment as it comes and that being present and positive are just as easy as a smile. The laundry can wait. Anything that isn’t important right now, that can wait too 💛 Slow down and do something for yourself today without feeling any guilt about it. Trust us when we say, it feels darn good.