Do you believe in Miracles, do you believe that very good things come from very bad situations, do you believe that someone smaller and younger than you can teach you amazing lessons about how to live your life, how to tolerate scary medical procedures and how to push through them, do you believe in Hero's? Well I do...because I know and love one...Jaxson is my all time Super Hero...and today is his birthday.
Not only do I celebrate that he is a year old today, I celebrate the he is alive and well and growing. He is happy and joyful and tolerant. Wherever he goes, whoever he meets, is charmed by him and his big blue eyes...His path to this birthday was not easy, not for him and not for his family...To stand by the side of an incubator for months on end, to have ups and downs and for this little guy, barely over 2lbs, to struggled and fight his way to this day, is to know that life and love sometimes is a hard fought battle...but battle he did and I am thankful for him everyday and for the love and joy and sunshine he brings to me and Jim...
We have been blessed to have him close and to have the trust of his parents in our ability to care for him..he comes two days a week and we share a special bond with him, just as we have with his brother Liam...who, by the way, is a great big brother. He is so sweet and he teaches me to be patient and strong for him. I also learned from him that although sometimes life is sometimes not how we like it, we just have to persevere and move forward. Last week I watched as he had his early intervention team at my house, how he really pushes to get the job done even when he doesn't like to do something that is hard for him. He does it anyways and then when we clap for him...he claps to..Maybe we should all clap for ourselves when we do a good job. More of that would be nice. Thanks Jaxson for the tip.
Today he crawls around the house, claps for himself and says goodbye when someone leaves. I taught him the important lesson of doing a high five and how to give smookey kisses. Those are the really fun wet ones. He is persistent in his endeavors, I think he learned that from his early start, but he is never without his smile...the only thing I would change is that he would love to take a nap. That is not happening often for him here, but that is o.k. most days, because he must feel that he has a lot of catching up to do and besides he slept a lot those first three months...time to move on Nana..
So today my Hero is able to put behind him the year of being a preemie and moves into his second year of just being a little boy, learning that life is good, pain is short lived, everyday is joyful and fun...and yes indeed...Loves Comes in Very Small packages..sometimes even Tiny...
Jaxson you are my Love...Happy Birthday, from Nana and Papa.
If you would like to see some highlights from Jaxson's first year...click on this link.