Tinok ben Aviva bas Chana.
I didn't blog about it before, because frankly, I didn't want to upset the pregnant readers among us (you know who you are). But I had to share this...
Long story short, a good friend who has been waiting for 12 (!) years just had her first child, which is a tremendous miracle in and of itself... and hours later the child becomes terribly ill, multiple organ failure, swelling of the brain, some strange metabolic disorder - they don't even know what's wrong.
He was born last Tuesday night, almost a week ago.
Tonight in Jerusalem, there was a big tfila gathering... So Aviva WAS there, speaking before 600 people a few days after birth.
She said that she was just so happy that Hashem made her part of this nation, that while she keeps saying "my baby" and "our baby," that this baby really belongs to all of klal yisroel. All of klal yisroel davened for him to be born for 12 years, and they are all davening now. And the kochos that this child has already brought within all of us in his short life so far are just amazing. She said I'm so happy to be part of klal yisroel because I know that Hashem is holding me, he's taking care of me, with all the billions of people in the world that I could have been, I'm so glad he made me a yid, that I'm part of this group of people.
She said that she sings to her baby all the time, and that she always wondered why Hashem gave her this beautiful voice, and now she knows - so she can sing to her baby. One of the frum nurses heard her singing 'Tov Lehodos LaHashem' to the baby, and asked - how can you? And Aviva just answered that all of this comes from Hashem.
She's mamish a stunning tower of strength, she was throughout her 12 years of waiting and she continues to be.
She said that she was sitting with the top doctor, this big professor, and he was saying this condition is so rare he's never heard of it, that there's mamish no medical precedent, never been a documented case of this.. and she answered, "Isn't that humbling?"
She's amazing. Her husband is amazing. Keep those tfilos coming. It's tu bishvat now - it's a time of planting, sowing seeds - and watering them with tears. Hazorim bedima, brina yiktzaru, plant with tears you will reap with joy, and that is the hope for this child.