I meant to write this post yesterday but the day just got away from me. It is hard to believe that four years ago on December 31st my little man was born. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I look at him now and think it was truly amazing the precious gift I was able to bring into this world. We have had a rocky few years but have gotten in a really good place with the minor exception of our unknown heart concerns. Hayden has accomplished so much despite his disability. He is talking so well now. Strangers can understand him and we know exactly what he wants at all times. I had been focused so much on walking that speech was secondary to me. I can't believe I even placed that as a secondary concern. Now, that he is talking so well I am relieved he can communicate with the world. He is still working very hard on walking independent but has gotten so much faster at crawling on all fours and walking in his walker. My goal for him in 2012 is to become efficient at using his walker. I want that to be his primary choice of mobility versus crawling. He can walk but he chooses to crawl because it is faster. However, I really just need to take some time and celebrate everything he has done. He is such a joy to be around and he lights up my world. I honestly think sometimes I really am lucky to be his mom. He has given me so much more than I anticipated. Of course I get the love he shares for me but he has taught me who I truly am. He has given me a new purpose and a life that I can be happy that I have lived. He has brought me to understand truly what is important in life and to not take anything for granted.
For Hayden's birthday we celebrated at home with a cake with our little family and my cousin's family. We did not do anything big because he is still recovering from being sick and we have his big birthday party next Saturday. I cannot wait for him to enjoy his day with his friends.
So, for now I just wanted to report we had an excellent day yesterday and we are really looking forward to what 2012 has in store from us!