Let me start out by apologizing for any spelling errors or typos. I did spell check 2 times. Both erasing my whole entire post!!! So, this is my third time typing it and adding pictures. UGGG!
It has been a year since Tanner's debut. I can't believe how fast it has gone, how much has happened, and how many times Tanner's has surprised us. I wanna start out with a very special picture. It's the first picture ever taken of Tanner (by Mimi) and it captures the start of our journey with our little angel.
Pretty heavy for a baby with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
Finally meeting face to face
One year, almost 8 pounds, and 7 inches later.....here the baby of honor is today.
I think he loves his birthday present from us. I know I mentioned before that Tanner has been obsessed with holding all of his weight on his feet. So we got him one of those little play tables that come up to his waist. He does really well with it.
I thought this picture was interesting. I know it's just a coincidence but I thought it was so suiting. I don't know if it was the flash of the camera or what but Tanner literally looks like angel. Check out his halo.
Here is Tanner in the NICU when he was first born. I cannot get over how much he's changed.
Tanner's first Easter.
I remember these days. Tanner never wanted to put weight on his arms. He has come such a long way. Thank goodness for OT and PT! It was around this time that Tanner was switched from breast milk to Similac Neosure for extra calories. His face was starting to fill out a bit.
I just love this picture. This was sometime in August.
Tanner's first Halloween as the cutest monkey ever!
Tanner's first Thanksgiving.
This pillow was and still is such a huge part of Tanner's life. It's the only place he'll have a bottle. He pretty much eats, sleeps, and plays on this thing. We love it and so does he obviously. I also love that we can see how much Tanner has grown by looking at pictures of him on this pillow. This picture is hilarious.
I know I have posted this picture before but it's my favorite picture of Tanner's first Christmas.
Today is much different for me than February 25, 2009. I was very sad this time last year. Although I didn't know that Tanner had WHS, I knew something was terribly wrong at this point. I will always regret not celebrating the birth of my precious little boy. Regardless of the imperfections, he is still a child and I should have embraced his birth. I will carry that guilt forever.
Today is different. I am celebrating the birth and the life of Tanner, who is an absolute amazing little boy. He's so strong and is no doubt a fighter. Tanner has taught, not only Justin and I, but our whole family so much in his first 365 days of existance without saying a word. I think that makes him an exeptional little boy.
Happy Birthday Tanner. I love you with all of my heart.