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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

He's one!

Today is Mitchell's birthday. I think this birthday Mike and I will be celebrating us. We made it. Through thick and thin, lots of tears, heartache and hurt, we made it. A year ago I felt as though there was nothing to celebrate but a year later I know there is so much to celebrate! We have made it through many scares, many unknowns, we made it and our marriage is stronger because of Mitchell! While it wasn't an easy year, we have both grown so much stronger, we have learned to love each other through thick and thin, we have learned to rely on one another more than we did before, we have found peace within one another. I love my family, I love Mitchie Guy and I love my husband. The last year has shown me that with my family and God nothing is impossible!
Happy Birthday Mitchie Guy, I love you more than you'll ever know!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

21 reasons why I love my T21 guy!!

1. His smile lights up the room!
2. He is so happy.
3. He is so determined.
4. He loves me so much!
5. When I pick him up out of the crib, he is so excited to see me!
6. He blows great raspberries.
7. He gives sweet kisses.
8. He's got red hair!
9. He's just precious!
10. He's got beautiful blue eyes.
11. He has taught me a lot about myself.
12. He makes me laugh.
13. He reminds me to take one day at a time!
14. He reminds me not to sweat the small stuff.
15. He has shown me what unconditional love is all about.
16. He has reminded me that each and every child develops at their own pace.
17. He has helped my faith in God.
18. I now see beauty in all people.
19. He has helped me gain patience.
20. Did I tell you that he has the greatest smile?
21. I love him because he is my one of a kind Mitchie Guy!

Monday, October 4, 2010

What a year!!

This is such a big week at our house! One year ago tomorrow I started having labor symptoms and I couldn't wait to meet the little guy (or gal) that had occupied my ever-growing belly for the last 9+ months. Mitchell was born on Oct. 6th weighing in at 6lbs 10oz and he was perfect. I loved him the moment I layed eyes on him, he was such a precious little dude. I layed awake the entire first night and just held him and snuggled him, never imagining the news that was coming my way. I shouldn't say I couldn't have imagined getting his diagnosis because I remember thinking his eyes were a little different, he wasn't passing his hearing screen and he was having trouble nursing but like I said, he was perfect. It will be a year ago Friday that the Pediatrician came in and gave me the news that rocked our world. "I think that your son has something wrong with him, I think he has Down's Syndrome." That was the most devistating day of my life thus far.
Fast Forward to today. What a joy Mitchell is. He is funny, determined, loud, smart and incredibly handsome. When I found out that my son had Down's Syndrome I immediately feared the worst, he's never going to go to school, he's not going to have friends, he just isn't going to be NORMAL!! Boy, did I have some learning to do!! He has done everything before his "Normal" brother did. He smiled at 8 weeks, his brother didn't smile until 9 weeks, he crawled at 11 months, his brother didn't until after a year. He's attempting to stand up and he jabbers up a storm, both things his brother didn't do until much later. I now am hesitant to label a child as "Normal" because there is no normal as Mitchell has shown me. Mitchell has taught me lessons in many subjects, including lessons in determination, happiness and love. We have been blessed by this little boy who came into our lives one year ago. I have grown so much since that day when I got his diagnosis, he has changed my life forever and I wouldn't have it any other way!