Sunday, March 28, 2010

life should be celebrated through the eyes of a three year old boy

Today will forever smile in my heart's memory...Cole was three and how could this be? It was only yesterday when we made a midnight drive to MeGee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh so we could be there with Erin and Chance as Marshall Cole entered our lives and our hearts. Cole will change the world ...he has changed my life forever with his "why" questions and his arms wrapped tight around me as we watch the scary parts that open the movie Monsters Inc. by Disney. Ken and I arrived early for a pancake breakfast, bacon, with fresh fruits, pomegranate and blueberry juices and hot steaming cups of coffee for the grandparents. Then it was outside on a rather cool day for the infamous dinosaur dig in the new sand box built by Dad and filled with all different sizes of many species of dinosaurs. Each participant decorated their archeology/safari hats and specimen buckets with sparkly stickers and stars to announce Cole's number three! None of the children seemed to be aware of the cool wind that was blowing and the light mist of rain. There were dinosaur sugar cookies and presents galore to open. Balloons were for bouncing and squealing when they burst by hitting the ceiling. I was so grateful to be there and you can see by Ken's video the parents had a great time as well as the happy grandparents and godparents. I hope you enjoy this window into our lives.

I am meeting with the neurologists tomorrow and hopefully we will make some needed adjustments so I can continue my real recovery. I know I did too much now...but on Friday I was just so darn happy to be out with my artists. A TIA is a small warning stroke and the proper word to remember is FAST. Check your face for drooping or visible changes. Arms raised and turned with equality in movement on both sides of your body. SMILE and check if you can grin and show your teeth to your mate. Teeth /Tongue to continue checking for facial abnormalities. I promised my son in law the next time I would go to the emergency room ... I was so tired from the whole experience and not being able to talk was frightening as well as the state of confusion I was experiencing. Thank you all for your prayers and emails. Tonight I am going to bed and tomorrow I will know more about the next steps. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart


  1. If we could all step back and view life through young eyes how happy we would be! I was blessed as I watched the excitement over a shovel and sand. If we stop and think about it our life is just a series of moving shovels of sand. Mary Helen, you are one who has not lost the excitement for have the ability to live life and to see it through other's eyes. Rest and get ready for the warm temperatures later this week...looking forward to gardens and flowers.
    Love to you and Ken...Vickie

  2. Mary Helen, you MUST take care of yourself!!! We need you! :)
    But who am I to scold.....I totally overdid it this weekend and am paying dearly today. Not much will get done, I think......
    Hugs to you my dear friend!


  3. What a wonderful birthday party. How fantastic that YOU got to be there. :)Bea

  4. The key is being aware of any changes with our bodies. Education is important for all of us. Hope you are feeling better. I'm trying to catch up on your posts. And Yes, I do sleep! LOL thanks for your comments on my blog and they are always lovely to read. All of us should have the sense of wonder that a child of that age has. :)