Tuesday, September 22, 2009


My little man is one today!

I cannot believe the year has flown by as fast as it did. A few months ago, I got a message on Facebook from an old Gtmo friend of mine. She was telling me that her hairdresser was telling her about a friend of hers who was pregnant with a baby girl and that they already knew their baby girl has bilateral microphthalmia. So my friend got us in touch with each other and we've been in contact ever since via Facebook. Her daughter was born a week and a half ago and she is just precious. When she started to post pictures of her beautiful baby girl on FB--all the old feelings crept back up from when Kale was born. It's been a year, but all of the feelings from then are still fresh. And I still think back to that day and that week and wonder how any of us got through it all.

But here we are. One year later. Numerous tests, countless doctor's appointments and four surgeries later. A year's worth of tears--from frustration and from joy. One year of so many amazing moments from watching a big sister love her baby brother so much it brings her to tears. A year of watching our son explore everything around him, not wanting to miss out on anything. A year of watching a father show so much love and pride for his son and for his daughter.

It hasn't been an easy year, but I wouldn't change a thing when I look back on it all. It is true--that whole "whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" saying. With our family and friends by our sides, we've gotten through some really tough times. And I know we'll be able to get through whatever else is thrown our way.

I am blessed. We are blessed. Somebody is watching over us--I don't know who. But I thank them.

Happy 1st Birthday, my beautiful Kale Michael.


sprinkles said...

aww...happy 1st birthday kale!

rwsn said...

He's adorable!

Monika said...


I actually read the first post you had up because the RSS feed caught it and put it in my Google Reader. I just wanted you to know, it made me cry, because even though our kids' stories are so different, a lot of things we went through as mommies seem to be similar. It helped me on a very rough day. <3 Love ya girl!

kimishoe said...

I took the first one down b/c it was just way too much--to read and to take in. There are times when I want to just tell everything and then within minutes I feel like I reveal too much. Does that make sense? I always have this voice going "Was all of that necessary?" or I have this other voice of someone from my past saying "You're nothing but drama"--and so I have to wonder if I come off that way.

So I deleted it. It was too long anyway.

(((Hugs))) to you, too!

Trish said...

Happy 1st birthday to Kale! Love that second picture with his finger in his mouth... so cute!