Tuesday, March 23, 2010

5 years of miracles

This post is for the fetus who wasn't supposed to survive, who then became the baby who would have a severely decreased quality of life, who then became the toddler who was developmentally 2 years behind, who is now the preschooler that amazes me every single day. From 1 lb 2 oz and less than 12 inches long to 26 lbs and over 3 ft tall, we've shed tears of fear, joy, worry, pride and pure amazement at what our strong, smart, stubborn, sensitive little miracle can do over these past 5 years. It's been an emotional roller-coaster that we've often wished we could jump off of. But in the end, all of these things we've gone through have only made us love and appreciate her more and more every day.

10 days old (Josh doing "kangaroo care" so they took her cpap off because she was breathing so well on her own)

1 yr old (when we were building our house)
2 yrs old

3 yrs old (helping Josh build the deck)

4 years

Today...5 years old! (of COURSE wearing all pink and princess and glitter)


Danifred said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

maresi said...

What a story! She is a miracle. Happy Birthday, Maria!

Mama Reg said...

awww wow what a wonderful story and journey. she is so precious and will never cease to amaze you im sure!

andrea said...

happy birthday, sweet girl!

Aubrey said...

I can't get over those first pictures of her! She's so teeny then and still. Amazing!

Lindsay said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. Especially all the pictures of her growth over the last five years.