2 yrs ago, December 14, 2008 at 5:32 am, you unexpectedly came into our lives. You arrived 12 weeks and 1 day prior to your due date. Weighing only 2 lbs 7.8 oz, you were the smallest baby we had ever seen. Small but stubborn and determined, we learned very quickly you would be doing things on your schedule and not ours.
1 year, 9 months, 3 weeks and 5 days ago you were able to leave the NICU and come home. It was still nearly a month before your due date, but you had gained weight, and was 4 lbs. You had learned to breath, maintain your body temperature and eat on your own, without the aid of any machines, wires or tubes.
1 year, 9 months and 5 days ago was your actual due date of March 9, 2009. you were 2 months, 3 weeks and 2 days old already. You had been off of the heart monitor for over a month, and gaining weight wonderfully.
1 year, 7 months and 1 day ago I celebrated my very first Mother's Day. You and Daddy were quite the gentlemen and took me to a very nice restaurant for brunch.
1 year, 4 months ago you turned 8 months old (5 adjusted). You started rolling over and sitting up by yourself and when propped against the couch you could stand. You were developing a great personality and kept us smiling.
1 year ago we celebrated your first birthday! We had lots of friends and family for a big party. You were so cute opening your presents. You have always been so social and were just an angel for your party. We all had so much fun.
11 months and 3 days ago you had tear duct surgery. You have always been a beautiful baby boy, however with blocked tear ducts your eyes would always water. After the surgery (which you did amazing during) your eyes cleared right up. Your eyes were so bright and beautiful, there was no more watering or redness.
10 months, 2 weeks and 5 days ago you started crawling! You also started clapping. You were so proud of yourself, and now the cats and the dog had to watch out, because you were after them!
9 months and 6 days ago you graduated from Occupational Therapy. OT Mary had been visiting us once a month since you were 3 months old. She helped us work with your developments and working towards getting you caught up to your actual age. Melanie, a physical therapist would be coming once a month instead.
7 months, 1 weeks and 2 days ago we walked for the March of Dimes, March for Babies. Because of you, we were able to raise $2100 for the March of Dimes to help other premature babies like yourself.
5 months and 3 weeks ago you got your very first haircut. And you haven't had one since. Some people say you need another, however, I love your curls, and I'm not cutting it again for a while!
5 months, 1 week and 3 days ago you started walking. It was Independence Day and you just took off! We went to a friend's parent's house for a pool party. You loved swimming and playing with the other kids. Then you just walked... and we caught it all on camera! We got a video of you crossing the entire lawn following some other kids. And from that day forward, you haven't stopped!
4 months, 1 week and 3 days ago you had a NICU follow up appointment with the Mercy Hospital doctors in Baltimore. You've been having these appointments about every 6 months since you were born. However, this appointment was a little different. Instead of being told how far off you were, or where you were behind we were told you had caught up! You caught up to your actual age! No more adjusting!
2 months, 2 weeks and 1 day ago you graduated from Physical Therapy! We had to say good bye to Melanie because you were walking, and climbing steps with someone holding your hand. You really have caught up! You also were up to saying about 15 words.
1 month and 2 weeks ago we took you trick or treating. You were dressed as the cutest Yoda there has ever been and we walked around our circle. Only about 1/3 of the houses were handing out candy, but that's ok, what normally takes about 10 minutes to walk around, took us over an hour. You had so much fun! You didn't care so much about the candy, you just really enjoyed going up to everyone's steps and sitting with them admiring their "bumballs"... or pumpkins.
3 weeks and 3 days ago we took you to the mall and let you play in the play area for toddlers. For a child that doesn't go to day care, you sure do play well with others. We watched you remain calm and play nice with another little boy that was trying to squeeze you off the play tractor. We were so proud of you for holding your own, but still playing nice and not throwing a temper tantrum!
6 days ago you had your 2 year evaluation with the infants and toddlers program. And of course, you did great! You're up to saying over 50 words now, you sing and dance. You sign and say "help", "done" and "more". You know several shapes and letters. And you still know how to make us laugh and smile.
9 hours ago (approximately) you turned 2 years old!
When people say time flies and your children grow up so fast, right before your eyes, they weren't kidding. Sometimes it seems like so long ago, a distant memory, when you were born and in the NICU. But looking over the past 2 years and all that you have accomplished, it doesn't seem like it could have only been 2 years.
To say we are proud of you is an understatement. You have learned so much in such a short amount of time, and you have grown so much. There were times that were so scary, and we were fearful of you surviving because you were so little when you were born. But look at you now! You still may be small, only 22 pounds and still wearing 12 and 18 month size clothing, but that's nearly 20 pounds more than just 2 years ago.
You are an inspiration to your father and I. You remind us how precious life is, and also what can be accomplished if you're a little bit stubborn and a whole lot of determined! You have made us proud preemie parents and because of you, we have become active with the March of Dimes, helping raise money and awareness for other preemie babies and families. And this year, you have been chosen to be the ambassador child for the March for Babies on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Your story will inspire others and give hope to other families living the NICU life.
Who ever thought a two year old could accomplish so much?
We love you, Aidan.
Momma and Daddy.