Some days children can drive you crazy with the arguing, whining, yelling. Some days you just want to pack them off to bed early.
Other times you hear things that just make you want to hold them close, despite the arguing, whining and yelling.
Yesterday, I found out that a friend of mine's infant daughter was going to have to have heart surgery today. Apparently, A has a large hole in her heart that is causeing the oxegynated blood to mix with the unoxegynated blood. So now that she is 6 months old, she had heart surgery this morning.
Another friend is pregnant and her son (in the womb) has a very severe heart defect. I don't remember all the details but immediately after birth they will do heart surgery on him. His heart is backwards, he has veins (or arteries) going to the incorrect side. He has to be big enough for the surgery. She didn't mention specific numbers but there is a strong chance that she won't be bringing home a newborn.
With all this, I am reminded how grateful I should be that my children are healthy. Even the bickering doesn't seem like a big deal.