I can't believe it's already been a whole year since you surprised us and made your early appearance!! You were born on August 14th, 2007, 2 months early, weighing 2 lbs 11 ounces and were 14 3/4 inches long! I remember the first time I saw you...you were ever so tiny and I wanted to scoop you up in my arms and hold you but that moment would have to wait a few weeks!! From the start you amazed me and so many others, including the nurses and doctors, with your fighting spirit...you were SO small but SO strong!!! We did have a few scary moments, but you improved almost every day and before I knew it (although it felt like YEARS to me) 2 weeks had passed and you were FINALLY in my arms!! From then on it was just a waiting game...waiting for you to gain weight, waiting for you to eat from a bottle instead of that yucky tube they had in your nose and waiting for that day we could finally bring you home!! FINALLY on September 26th, 44 days after you were born, we brought you home!! Daddy and I weren't the only ones who had waited so patiently for this day...your Big Sister Emma was so excited that her "baby brover" got to come home too!! She had only seen you in pictures and got to meet you 1 time while you were in the hospital...she talked about you all the time and was so excited when we told her you were coming home to see her! Our family felt so much more complete having you home where we could gaze at you for hours if we wanted to! LOL One word that comes into my mind this morning is THANKFUL...Daddy and I feel so thankful that God was watching over you and has allowed us to be your parents!! We (and MANY others)prayed everyday for you and for God to take care of you!! I am also very thankful for your health...the doctor's have told us several times how amazed they are by your progress and the fact that you haven't been sick..not one time!! That isn't real common with preemies and they usually see the doctors and visit hospitals several times with complications, but I know God has his hand in it and has kept you healthy!
You have brought so much joy and happiness into our lives and many others!! You just melt my heart with your big blue eyes and that sweet smile that seems to light up a room instantly! Daddy, sissy and I love you SOOOO much and are so blessed to have you as part of our family!! I look forward to watching you reach all your milestones and grow up to be a healthy little boy!! You will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart and will always be my little "miracle man"!!
Happy 1st Birthday GRANT HUDSON!!!!
I love you,