Happy Birthday Bostyn & Blakely!
This Saturday we celebrated Bostyn and Blakely’s 1st birthday. It was definitely a celebration. These 2 little girls have brought so many sleepless nights, frustration at times, and most of all more JOY than I could ever imagine. What a wonderful year.
If you had asked me a year ago about this day, I would not have thought that our girls “birthday” could be so happy. This may sound horrible to say, but it’s the truth. The day of your girls birth was filled with all kinds of emotions, most of them being worry, fear, pain, and just being scared of the unknown. Two months early, these little babies were tiny, unable to breath and eat on their own, and not ready to come into this world they were now in.
We had an emergency C-section at 8pm on a Wednesday. I was unable to be awake for it due to low platelets. So the dream of every mother to hear your baby cry for the first time and to see them fresh out of the womb was suddenly taken. Corey was torn between staying with me and filling out paperwork and talking to people for the babies wellbeing. He is so strong and made it through like a champ, but I wouldn’t have wanted to trade him places. He had to have been terrified. Thirty-six hours later, I was finally able to see the girls. They were small (Bostyn= 3 pounds 9oz, Blakely-3 pounds 13oz), frail, and were hooked up to all kinds of monitors and machines. Three days later, leaving the hospital without our babies was one of the hardest things to do.
Soon, 8pm and 8am became our normal routine at the NICU. Everyday brought new hope, every little step forward was exciting. Some days, we left thinking we were close to bringing them home, and other days we left feeling heart broken that the day would never come. 44 days later, they were home. That day was the day I felt would be more to celebrate. They had made it,…we had made it, and now we could start to be a family.
Now, looking back, I realize that it is not the day of their birth that we celebrate. Instead, it is the entire year. This birthday for me was a time to reflect on the first time I “fell in love” with them, the first time we held them, the first time our family meet them. So many moments that are cherished. I could easily choose to see the sadness, that day was nothing at all like I had hoped, or I can choose to be so very thankful that they are here, they are healthy, and they are mine.
I have learned from this event, to cherish the things that others so easily take for granted. The first moments of your child’s life, seeing them as soon as they are born, touching their soft skin to yours, smelling their sweet breath.
…The party was a hit! The girls had a ball, and we are so very blessed to spend another day, week, year with them.
The decorations were so fun to make. Color wheel ceiling, deco mesh wreath, name plaque, monthly photo ribbon and fun, colorful table cloths.
The food was Yummy too. Pizza cups, pesto rolls, meatball wraps, pasta salad cups, funfetti sandwich cookies, rice crispy treats, birthday cake cheesecake bars, and brownie pops.
After several practice cakes, the cake turned out perfect. White cake colored different fun colors, with buttercream frosting and matching chevron and polka dot fondant.
Thank you Lord for blessing us with these two most precious gifts, the JOY far out weighs the sadness.Kimberly