He was born a few weeks premature, and we were not sure what to expect, but our little Nick was a fighter. To our surprise, within the first 24 hours, he was out of the NICU and in the arms of his adoring parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
It was such a special day for our family…..one that I doubt any of us will ever forget.
He was the first child, first nephew, and first grandchild.
There was more excitement in the room than you can imagine.
He ultimately became my world and in a time when my life and my health seemed to be spinning out of control, he kept me grounded and kept my spirits high. Just when I thought I could not take another day of hospitals, office visits, tests, and treatments….. I would look into the eyes of this precious little peanut and knew that I had to fight not only for myself, but for him too.
I often think back to our early days together and how scary it must have been for him as he watched me bounce in and out of the hospital while he was taken care of by my parents and close family members. He always made me proud as he handled it all with grace……
and I have to say, 14 years later, I am still that adoring proud parent!!
He is a terrific boy, with a good head on his shoulders. He has a tender heart and is very respectful to his peers and elders. In the last two years he has really come out of his shell and has become more social. He is really starting to find himself…..and passion in things such as music and food. He is the first one to come join me in the kitchen when I start to cook…… and of course, I LOVE THAT more than words can express!
Nick is growing into a wonderful young man and it is difficult to think that in just two short years he will be old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. Even though I am staring “up” at this handsome young man, it is hard for me to see him as anything but a little boy.
The years have flown by, but the memories of his baby days are fresh in my head and will always be held close to my heart.
Nick couldn’t be more loved and adored by his family!
He is an all around great kid and the best big brother any girl could ask for:)
We love you Nick…..Happy 14th Birthday!
This picture was taken this week as Nick was trying to cheer up his sick little sis!
We head back to the pediatrician tomorrow for a recheck.
As of today, I think Payton the Panda might be finding her way into Reagan’s heart.
Not nearly as many tears when she makes her appearance every four hours.
Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. They were greatly appreciated.