So, tomorrow we will have a one year old.
One. Year. Old.
I’m really not sure where the last year went! We have had a lot of ups and downs – thankfully the ups have far, far, far outweighed the downs. And, when I look back on all that we have been through as a family, I wouldn’t change a single thing!
It has made us stronger, more caring, more passionate, and more loving. It has brought us closer together as a family… If that was at all possible!
A year ago today Peter and I spent our morning at the hospital waiting for me to be induced. After things got underway, we continued our day as normal, went for lunch together, came home to relax, and just WAIT for our precious little boy to arrive.
We were both so excited… and nervous!
At that time we had no idea what the next two weeks would have in store for us.
The biggest joy of our life, along with the biggest scare of our life.
We were blessed with a miracle that we had no idea would spend the next two weeks in the NICU undergoing blood transfusions, countless tests and scans, around-the-clock care, and days of intense treatment.
To this day whenever I drive past an ambulance, it takes me back to the day Ethan was transferred to the Janeway.
I still get a chill when I think about our drive to town that day.
It is still so vivid, yet it’s a complete blur. At the time I didn’t understand the extent of Ethan’s bleed… and I certainly didn’t realize how close we came to losing him. Thankfully things worked out and he is a happy, healthy one-year-old.
I often think back on those two weeks and realize how lucky we truly are. I know everything happens for a reason, and God certainly had a plan for us. Ethan was – and still is – such a strong, resilient little boy. He was able to pull through everything and turn out to be a completely ‘normal’ little boy… Only with severe Hemophilia. From one day to the next, we really didn’t know what the outcome would be. We spent hours upon hours holding him, rocking him, feeding him, talking to him, and just being there for him.
When I look back on our time spent in the NICU, I can’t believe it was a year ago – while at the same time it still feels like yesterday.
So much has happened in the past year and Ethan has bought so much joy and happiness to our lives. We have been through so much as a family and we have experienced so much together. We have watched him grow and develop into a very smart, busy, active little boy who loves to play, climb, and explore! He is such a sweet boy with so much personality and we adore that about him.
We’ve have had many firsts: His first word and his first bruise… His first time feeding himself and his first hospital stay… His first time crawling and his first infusion… His first tooth and his first surgery… The list of firsts go on, and it’s amazing how much one little boy can learn (and overcome) in a year!
We have made so many memories as a family – memories that we will hold dear in our hearts and cherish forever. I cannot wait for another amazing year of making even more memories!
We have learned so much from Ethan and his hemophilia.
Over the past year, we have learned to enjoy every moment and to not take life for granted. Ethan’s hemophilia has undoubtedly taught us to enjoy the little things, and not to stress over petty, irrelevant things. Although I have recently returned to work, I enjoy every moment I have with Ethan. I have learned to make the most of the time we have together.
The last few weeks have been spent with copious amounts of party planning and preparations. Ethan will celebrate his first birthday party with all of his family and friends on Saturday doing what he loves to do… SWIM!
It’s Ethan’s special day, so we decided it would be ALL about him with the things he loves the most.
Pizza for lunch, of course!
We have also been busy making Mickey Mouse decorations (he adores Mickey Mouse), stuffing Mickey Mouse loot bags, and preparing his favorite treats. We will spend the entire day celebrating a very special little boy.
It’s bitter sweet, that’s for sure. While I love to see him thrive and grow, I cannot believe how quickly the last twelve months have passed by. I know it’s cliché to say, but it seems like only yesterday we were waiting for him to be born.
I will be sure to share some photos of his first birthday.
Hopefully the next year will be filled with as much fun, laughter, and love as this year!