Thursday, March 7, 2013

Happy 5th Birthday Mikan

On March 5th we celebrated Mikan's 5th birthday.  Five years ago we set up residence in the hospital with our tiny baby for nearly six months.  Mikan has met many milestones since then, including getting rid of a ventilator, trach, and g-tube.  He has learned to walk, talk, and eat (all with extreme effort) and has many academic accomplishments and interests well beyond his years.  He makes us want to be better parents and better people.  God is definitely working through him.

This year Mikan said he wanted to go to McDonalds for his birthday dinner.  I was thrilled he didn't just say he wanted Pringles, so we started out (in the middle of a snowstorm) for the short drive.  But John slid into a curb and our rim was damaged pretty badly, so we drove instead to an auto shop close by to get it repaired.  We did eventually make it to McDonalds and Mikan ate one bite out of 8 different chicken nuggets (which means it was a success).  He didn't want cake, but instead asked for a donut (again, we were ecstatic he asked for something that wasn't crunchy).  Anica wanted to celebrate her birthday again too, so we got two donuts and two birthday candles.  He didn't eat any of the donut, but he did eat a couple bites from his donut I bought him the previous weekend for his "practice" birthday party.

Some notable achievements in his 4th year of life:
1. G-tube removal
2. Speaking in full sentences without prompting
3. Eye contact when speaking to someone
4. Drinking juice and water regularly!
5. Using a spoon with dry cereal
6. Play dates with friends
7. Potty training!
8. More gross motor independence (he has almost learned to ride a bike)

Below is a video montage with some snippets from the past five years.  I can't wait to see what he will accomplish in year 5.

We've also begun fundraising for the annual March for Babies walk in April.  If you'd like to donate to our team, please click on the link at the bottom of the March of Dimes badge (in the left-hand margin).  This will take you to our team page where you can make an online donation.  Every little bit helps.  Thanks for supporting us.

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