Monday, January 20, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday, Carter

5 years ago today, a hero was born.  Actually, in one hour and 6 minutes from now, to be exact.  At the time, we didn't realize that we would be mom and dad to a little boy who would one day wear a super hero cape and have endured things in his life, that most children never do.  We had no idea that he would be splashed across front pages of papers, articles on Yahoo or in the national archives and newspapers across the country.  We never knew that therapists, teachers, doctors and nurses would become our saving graces.  People that we least expected to be huge in our lives, appeared.  We have learned so many things about life, that we never dreamed possible.  We learned to take every baby step with caution and pride.  We appreciate the simple things in life and cherish every single day with this child who has blessed our life.  As hard as it is to believe that he has been with us for 5 years already, it's also just as hard to believe how much he has been through in those years.  A lifetime of memories squeezed into moments.  I've lost count of the needle pokes, hospital admissions, appointments, tests, trials and errors. But one thing is for sure, Carter is a fighter!  I am so proud of his for all that he has accomplished, over come and for smiling through all of his trials.
Over the weekend, we celebrated his birthday with close family and friends!  The show of people who love and support Carter, was amazing!  Our house was full of love!  We are always cautious of having too many people around at one time since Carter gets so overwhelmed these days, but yet again, he surprised us!  He did great and enjoyed all of the attention.  
As we start Carter's 6th year of life, my biggest hope is that it is even better than the last and that we can spend the next year surrounded by all the same wonderful friends and family.  Rock on, my little super star!  We love you to the moon and back!  Happy 5th Birthday, Carter!

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