I wanted again this year on his birthday to show a picture from each of his birthdays to show how much he's changed and grown over the past 4 years. I will say, when I go back to his first day of life and the subsequent couple of days, the emotions are almost as raw as they were 4 years ago. It was one hell of a day with twists and turns at every minute and moments filled with utter sadness, while also experiencing such joy. Kind of like how our lives would go the next 4 years! As I lovingly told Stephen this morning, "you were trouble from the start, kiddo!"
This year we've had a low key birthday celebration. No party planned, just hanging out and doing something that Stephen would find fun. So...we got up this morning, opened a few birthday presents and met Nannnie and Poppa for breakfast to have waffles. And since Stephen has never been on the metro before and loves trains, we took a metro ride; or as he calls it, Emery (Emery is the subway train from Disney's train cartoon show, Chuggington). We took Emery into Arlington, bought a couple of treats at a deli/cafe, and hopped back on the metro back to Vienna. It was a short ride, but he LOVED everything about it! I foresee a lot of metro rides in our future!!
Thank you for continuing to share a part in Stephen's journey. I know part of the reason why Stephen's done so well over the past 4 years is all of the love and support he gets from everyone out there!!! xo
|This was the first time I saw Stephen after he was whisked away from the operating room. He was about 4 hours old. I had to beg and plead with the nurses to allow me to go to NICU to see him since I had had a c-section and was supposed to be in bed.|
|Birthday #3 included a special visit from a our neighborhood fire station.|
|Birthday streamers outside his door this morning!|
|There's Emery!!! She was waiting for us in the station :)|
|Stephen rocks the perpetual bed-head like a champ!!|