A Special Day

posted by Momo Fali on May 11, 2009

Seven years ago today, I gave birth to my son. He was born seven weeks early because his heart defect was worsening in utero.

The hospital where he was born was not equipped to handle his heart problems, and our local Children’s Hospital was not equipped to have me deliver him there. So, while I was in recovery following my c-section, a transport team came and took him from me. I spent about 30 seconds looking at him before he was whisked away and taken across town.

In 2002, May 10th fell on a Friday. On Sunday, the hospital where I was recovering allowed me to leave so I could go see my son. It was Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day was the first time I stroked my son’s soft hair, the first time I held his fingers in mine and the first time I ever held him in my arms. I have done those things thousands of times since then, but I will never forget our first Mother’s Day together.

This year, my special day and his birthday fell on he same day. We had breakfast in bed together, we both opened gifts and got cards.

Then, I stroked his hair, I held his hand and I held him in my arms. I did all the things I did with him seven years ago, but now he’s bigger and stronger and he’s shown that heart defect who’s boss. I have watched that sick, small child grow into a great kid.

I am writing this late, after he’s gone to bed. I don’t know if there will ever be a Mother’s Day as special as that first one we shared, but today came pretty darn close.

Happy Birthday, Buddy. Your Mom loves you lots.


  • melissa

    happy birthday!
    happy mothers day!!
    beautiful post…

  • Marinka

    So sweet. Happy Mother’s Day Birthday to the two of you.

  • Lynn

    Such a lovely post. Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day!

  • James

    What a great day! Happy Birthday to the little guy, and Mother’s Day to you.

  • Melisa with one S

    So sweet. Happy b-day to your little comedian, and happy Mother’s Day to you!

  • Mrs. Schmitty

    Happy Birthday to your sweet guy. And a Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  • Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    You just made me cry.

  • Tara R.

    Now I’m all verklempt. That was wonderful! Happy B-Day and Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Aunt Debbi/kurts mom

    Well, he has absolutely no excuse for forgetting mothers’ day does he? Seriously though, great post.

  • Tracey

    As always, enjoyed your post… Glad you’re a Mom – the world could use more like you. A perfect day to share with the little man in your life. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Sadia

    Happy birthday, and happy mamas’ day.

    Today’s my girlies’ birthday too, and I finally figured out why people make such a big deal about Mother’s Day. (And, as I think I’ve mentioned to you before, they showed up seven weeks early, albeit 4 years after your little guy.)

  • Stella

    Momo, this made me cry! Wonderful!!

    Happy Birthday Big Guy!! You’ve got a great mom and you’re an awesome little boy!!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  • threebysea

    Now see, there YOU go, making me cry! What a great day for you both. Thanks for sharing your stories.

  • O My Blog!

    Love this post! God Bless you and your family!

  • Jamie E


  • WeaselMomma

    Happy Birthday to him. What a great day to celebrate.

  • Single Parent Dad

    Beautiful post, very poignant annual reminder.

  • Heather

    Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day. =D

  • Jodi

    What a sweet post! Sounds like a perfect day!

    Happy Birthday & Happy Mother's Day!

  • surprised mom

    This is a beautiful post. It sounds like you had a perfect Mother’s Day and Birthday. How wonderful.

  • Bean

    Aw! I Love it!

  • Angella

    Sigh. This is beautiful and making me weepy.


  • Mama Dawg

    What a beautiful memory.

    Happy belated Mother’s Day and B-day to the wonderful one!

  • AlisonH

    Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Birthday. Beautiful, just beautiful–thank you.

  • Always Home and Uncool

    Happy day to you both … especially as another guy whose birthday also occasionally falls on Mother’s Day.

  • Xbox4NappyRash

    happy birthday young fella, source of much entertainment 😉

  • Otter Thomas

    Very nice post. What a special memory and a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

  • meleah rebeccah

    What a simply beautiful post. Happy Mothers Day and Happy Birthday your son!!!

    And Um…. I’m freaking out over here because MY SONS BIRTHDAY also landed on MOTHERS DAY this year!

    Too bad my son is 13 and he wont let me hold his hand, let alone stroke his hair like I used to when he was a baby.

    I was so emotional, I couldn’t even write a post about it….so I made a movie instead


  • BusyDad

    Happy Birthday, kid! Keep the funnies coming. They help to break up my work day.

  • mrsmouthy

    You have such a unique birth story that has led to an intensenly unique relationship with your son. I’m glad you are someone who knows it, too.

  • Corey~living and loving

    this truly touched my heart. ♥ thank you.

  • katy

    You’ll be glad to know that it does get better, if that seems possible. My son is 21 (gasp!) and he wrote me the most heartfelt card that I could ever wish to read.

  • Maureen

    Aw, what great memories. Happy Belated Mother’s Day and Belated Happy Birthday too!

  • Mom of Three

    That is just precious. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Jamie Willow

    that is so sweet!

  • DysFUNctional Mom

    Oh, what a beautiful post!

  • Heather

    I’m so glad that you and my favorite little guy got to enjoy your days together. I couldn’t think of a more perfect day! 🙂

  • Jaina

    What a beautiful post. Happy belated Mother’s Day, and Happy Belated Birthday!

  • Kim

    Oh momo..this was beautiful..

    Happy Belated Birthday to the funniest kid in the world..

    And Happy Belated Mother’s Day to the funniest Mom to the funniest kid on the world..

  • Mrs4444

    You can’t get much of a better Mothers Day than that. I’m happy for you…

  • Moonshadow

    Momo, I’ve written a picture story with my grandchildren that your children might enjoy…
    Let me know if they liked it.

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