Monday, August 18, 2014

Happy First Birthday, Liam!!!

One year ago, we welcomed the most unexpected blessing into our lives!  I truly didn't know what was missing in my life until I had him. 

The initial diagnosis, after his birth, was a punch in the gut.  It felt like the end of the world. My thoughts and feelings quickly changed.  I fell in love with my baby boy in a dark, quiet hospital room, hours after his birth. He gazed into my eyes, and I was captivated.  I vowed to love my sweet boy with all my heart, protect him with all my might, and give him the best life I possibly could.

This past year was the best year of my life. I wake up to his incredible smile every morning. I cry tears of thankfulness every single day.  When I close my eyes, I can vividly picture the moment I first met Liam.  The overhead light illuminated only his face and those gorgeous eyes stared into mine.  That was the moment I knew and that is the moment that repeatedly takes my breath away.

Liam touched my life from the day I met him and touched the lives of family and friends near and far.  He defied all odds and is happily showing the world that Down Syndrome is nothing to fear!   

Liam's gift is his contagious smile that can light up a room.  His joy is like no other.  He is beautiful, inside and out.  I am so proud of my sweet boy and so honored to be his mom.  

I'm not quite sure what I feared in the hospital. I suppose I feared how much our lives were going to change because of his diagnosis.  Our lives DID change.  But not in the way I expected.  We are better because of him. He is absolutely PERFECT just the way he is. He completes us. 

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Happy First Birthday, my beautiful boy!  You are a gift and a joy to us all. I will love you forever..

34 comments:

  1. "Happy Birthday Liam" your smile is captivating.

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  2. He is so sweet and truly a blessing! Happy first birthday sweet boy!!

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  3. Happy birthday, sweet Liam! :)

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  4. Happy birthday to your little angel!

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  5. Happy Birthday Liam. You are one handsome little man with one awesome family.

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  6. Happy birthday again to our sweet Liam! Love you, buddy!

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  7. Happy Birthday, sweet Liam!!! I LOVE how honest you are. You are so special and lucky to be his mom! And, he is so lucky to have you!!

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  8. Happy birthday Liam! You are one happy baby! (I love that last picture...What a cutie!)

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  9. Happy birthday sweet Liam! These pictures are adorable! I love the football picture. So cute!

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!

    Mama Hen

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  10. Happy Birthday Liam! I loved looking at all the pictures and watching him grow all over again! You are truly blessed with such a beautiful little boy! (and your other 3 wonderful children as well!)

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  11. he is such a sweetie! I still cant believe he is already a year!

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  12. You are a lucky mommy to have this angel - he is truly so precious!!! I can't believe a year has passed already! I have loved watching that smiling face grow over the past 12 months - what a blessing!

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  13. Happy 1st Birthday Liam! He has been such a blessing to all of us. We are so happy to have celebrated this huge milestone and we look forward to celebrating many more with him!! xoxo

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