The Tan Man

The Tan Man

Welcome to Thankful 4 Tanner

Hello all! And thank you for visiting our blog about our family and precious baby Tanner. Here you will always find up to date information about Tanner. I know sometimes it's hard to get ahold of us when you are wondering how Tanner is doing. So here we will post information we recieve at his doctor's appointments. We will always post Tanner's biweekly weight checks and overall growth. We'll post all of his accomplishments that seem to be coming daily. He's always trying something new. Thanks again for visiting and caring about our precious gift from God.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy 1st birthday to our precious Tanner

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 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.


Anna said...

Beautiful post. Tanner is just so beautiful xx

nona said...

WE LOVE YOU TANNER, Happy Birthday Love Pop-Pop And Nona

Hannah said...

Happy Birthday Tanner! What a special year it has been for everyone. Love the pictures, Tanner has come such a long way. I can't believe how well he is standing, way to go!

Lauren said...

Way to go Tanner! You are one amazing little boy and we love you. Happy Birthday! I think you really are an angel!

Nicole H said...

How fast one year goes! You made me tear up. Happy Birthday Tanner.

Christine said...


Beautiful post! I love it! I love seeing Tanner's progress in pictures!

lmi61281 said...

Happy Birthday Tanner, we love you!!
Eric and Leeann

Kisses4Kaylee said...

Happy Birthday, Little Man! It was so wonderful to see the early pictures of Tanner and watch him grow into the precious 1 year old he is today. I understand what you mean about feeling guilt over not celebrating the birth of him as a baby; you know that I have been there (and on some days, still am). However, seeing Tanner stand so strong and having held his strong little body in my own arms, there is no doubt that he is a fighter. He inspires me to see that same strength in Kaylee; I cannot wait to see you all again!

Kristy said...

Happy Birthday Tanner! I love all the pictures of his first year. I love his dimples. Great post, you wrote everything that I have felt and feel now. It is crazy that our boys were born only 5 days apart. Here is to another wonderful year with our precious children.

The Stevens Family said...

Happy Birthday Tanner! You're a beautiful little boy -- inside and out. You have a such a sweet nature about you. I think the "halo" is very fitting.

It is so good to see you standing! I bet you're going to amaze us in the coming year with all that you learn to do.