Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Joshua!

It is so hard to accept that it has been a year since my little 3 1/2 lb preemie baby boy was born. It was a snowy evening (rare in these parts of the country), and I was being rushed to the hospital in full-blown labor by my nervous husband in our brand new car. All I could think was, "I hope my water doesn't break, or worse actually have this baby, in the car so I don't ruin our leather seats in our brand spankin' new car." (I know, I know, where are my priorities.) Luckily we made it in time and he was born at 7pm on February 12th, 2010. He even cried for us a bit. Despite being a healthy 29 week preemie, he still needed lots of time in the hospital to develop, grow, get stronger and learn to eat. It was two months before he could finally come home. After that our lives became somewhat more familiar to that of a new mom's, and for the next 8 months, we enjoyed watching Joshua Emmitt grow into a big 18 lb 1-year old. We couldn't avoid the inevitable bumps in the road (as with most preemies that young), but those bumps were/are just that... bumps. Joshua is continuing to grow and develop (at his own pace, of course) and we are so proud of how far he has come in his first year of life, and are excited to witness his many accomplishments to come. His name has truly defined him this past year... strength. We love you Joshie-boy!

Here are some more pics and a video of him celebrating his birthday. Unfortunately, I was really sick with the flu on his actual birthday, so we celebrated it the next day when I felt better and could actually participate in the birthday fun.

I know this is kinda long, but it might be worth it to some of y'all out there. :)

Josh really loved his balloons.

Josh opening some presents. Okay... so Daddy and Brooklyn really opened his presents,
but Josh was there, at least.

Josh got LOTS of little cars to play with. He loves pretty much anything with wheels that go. He also got some new jammies, some more play clothes, a drum, a puzzle and a book. He was very happy with all his presents, but I think Brooklyn has enjoyed Josh's presents more than he has, so far.


The Ollila's said...

Happy Birthday Joshy boy. This year has FLOWN by!!
It looks like he had a fun birthday. He is the most handsome little boy. We sure love and miss him...and all of you!!

Don and Judy said...

I loved watching Josh eat his cake. He is so cute. He and Brooklyn certainly look like brother and sister. With the happy looks on his face I would say that he loved his birthday. A fun family day! I hope my little package got there. Our mail service is not to good here. Ask Amber, she waited weeks for a package one time. My sister always says that the pony express could have done better. Love to you all!