When Christine Stone found out she was pregnant with a baby girl in January, she couldn’t wait to tell everyone the joyous news. Guess what’s the twist? The mom-to-be told her mom the news hundred of times since — her mother, Setsuko Harmon, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s eight years ago.
“I can tell her and two to five minutes later she won’t remember,” Stone, 38. “It’s like watching a kid at Christmas wake up and see his presents over and over again, because each time she gets so excited.”
Stone filmed a handful of the moments where she reveals the news to her 77-year-old mom and compiled them into a video. “I want to bring awareness to this health condition,” she says. “Yes, it’s sweet seeing my mom get so excited over and over again, but it’s so sad at the same time. When I give her the pregnancy news she claps and smiles each time and asks which month the baby is due. “It’s very bittersweet.”
Stone and her husband, Brad, got married five years ago and had always wanted a baby. “When we got pregnant I was just so ecstatic,” she recalls. “We waited to tell people until I was about 12 weeks, and the first people we told were our parents.”
But Stone knew she wouldn’t just be sharing the news with her mother once. “It’s hard,” says Stone. “But she still knows me and my dad, and I’m so thankful for that.”
Stone says her doting father hardly ever leaves her mother’s side. “They are still very much in love,” she says of her parents. “But our baby news is bringing them so much joy.”
Stone gave birth to her first child, Sadie Mae Stone, on Oct. 11.
The new mom said she feels the new baby has motivated her mother to do more.
“Sometimes my dad would have a hard time getting her here [to South Carolina.] But now they’ve been coming here every week,” Stone said. “My dad will say, ‘Let’s go see Christine’s baby!’ And she comes excited.'”
We’re telling you, words won’t do it for this one.
Check out the video:
What a beautiful thing, to have a mom so excited for your baby news – but how incredibly difficult too to have her forget the news everytime she hears it.
We, The Spotted Pups hope that this story can help to encourage everyone to feel motivated to participate in their local events regarding Alzheimer, or donate to find a cure! We also hope people would take some time out of their schedule to spend time with their loved ones, because they won’t be around forever.