Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday, Ellie!!

Dear Ellie,

When you were born, the doctors told us that most kids with HLHS that experience problems have them in the first five years of life.  Today at 4:31 p.m. you will be 5 years old.  You have no idea right now, but I hope in the future I can find the words to explain to you how monumental this day is for me.  You woke up a lot last night so Daddy ended up putting you in bed with us. Maybe it was the anticipation of your big day? You spent the night digging your knees in my stomach and pulling my hair.  I may be one grumpy Momma in the middle of the night, but I am profoundly grateful that you are here to steal my pillow and elbow me while I try to sleep.

We have a fun filled day today. It was suppose to start with your birthday party at school, but the snow, freezing rain and two hour delay put a stop to that.  At 11:30 we have your birthday party at Bounce U, followed by your five year check up with Dr. Sarah and then we get to sing to you tonight after dinner with cupcakes and presents!  I can't wait!!

At 10:45 a.m. while we were getting on our socks and shoes to leave for your party, you noticed Charlie had already started to open one of your presents.  You finished the job and were excited to be the new owner of Chutes and Ladders... I'm not going to lie, I am pretty excited to play that game with you later because it was my favorite as a kid! I hope you get hours of enjoyment out of it.

At 11:30 we had your birthday party at Bounce U in Cherry Hill.  We went in the first play room.  You had a great time jumping in the bounce houses with your friends.  Your guest list included: Audrey, Sam, Jules, Matt, Nicholas, Dane, Shay, Lilah, Elliot, Katerina, Sammy, Stevie, Jenna, Gigi, and your BFF Molly.  In the second bounce room you continued to have some fun with your friends. There was a big blow up slide that you were nervous to go down.  After going down a few times with one of the staff members you decided to go with just your friends, holding hands with Jenna and Sammy.  After that we were off to eat pizza and have cake.  You lit up when your friends sang you Happy Birthday.

As soon as we got home you opened a few presents before I dragged you off to your five year well visit with Dr. Sarah.  She was very pleased with your development. You weighed in at 32 pounds and you were 40 inches tall.  You had to get two shots, but were brave and didn't cry at all.  Dr. Sarah let us know you wouldn't need anymore scheduled shots until you were 11, except for your yearly flu shot!  On the way out, you grabbed a pink lollipop and we were on our way back home so you could open the rest of the presents from your friends.

After Daddy and I finished opening and sorting all of your presents we had dinner and sang Happy Birthday to you again, just the five of us.  You opened your presents.  I think your favorite was a tie between your Hello Kitty rain boots from Charlie or your T-Rex excavation kit from MiMi.  Daddy is going to help you with that this weekend!

Ellie, I hope we gave you the perfect 5th birthday.  We are so blessed to have you in our lives.  I am so proud to be your Momma.



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