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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BEANER IS THREE! 9.3.2013

Ian celebrated his third birthday right after labor day. It is overwhelming to think of the journey he’s had. When I look back, it seems like a long, winding road, with lots of detours, obstacles, and bind-curves. This year, Ian was old enough to know and understand that it was his birthday, and get excited about it. We had a few family parties for him, and a small quaint singing on the day of his birthday at home.

Birthdays are a bit different for preemie moms. They are usually filled with lots of tears, trips down memory lane, and reflections of the years past. While this is true for any parent... the minds of preemie moms (and the parents of other sick children) are usually filled with ventilators, surgeries, IVs, and hospitals. This year, we had A LOT to celebrate! Ian has made enormous progress over the last year and has been thriving since May. He has gained almost 10 pounds in the last year and grown 5 inches..... nothing short of a miracle! I can tell he is feeling better than ever!

This year was a bit special. In the preemie world, doctors drop off the “corrected age” somewhere between two and three. Corrected age is how the medical community adjusts your child’s early birth to the “should have been born ________.” The corrected age is the age from the child’s due-date. In Ian’s case, they always subtract 11 weeks from his age. For Ian’s doctors, the cutoff age was two for weight-age-adjustments, and this year (three) for height-age-adjustments. This year, Ian is no longer “corrected” for anything. For a preemie mom, it’s like your child’s first graduation!

Ian, Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you!!!

Ian actually did eat a bite of his Fig Newton "cake"


Hugs for best friend Riley XOXO

Sillys with Grandpa

Arnie!

Cruising with my new bubble mower

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