My precious Steven,
Happy 5th Birthday! It’s hard to believe that you are 5 years old. It seems that it was just yesterday that we were getting all of the phone calls back and forth making arrangements for me to go up to the hospital to learn how to take care of your needs and learn all that you had been through in your short 11 days before we were asked to bring you into your home. From that first night I met you, I knew that however long that you would be in our home, even though I hoped it would be forever, I would help you fight through your struggles to overcome. And overcome you have!
Steven, my heart broke when the doctor told me that they didn’t know if you were going to survive the first day/night of your life. To look at you now, you would never know that things were so dire when you were born!
You have had some very intense therapy and have fought through ALL of it! The doctor, when I met him the morning you were ready to leave the hospital, told me that he couldn’t tell me what to expect in ways of developmental delays. He was unsure if you would walk (you are RUNNING every where) or if you would talk (you talk NON-STOP). It didn’t matter to your dad or I. We were going to be by your side, no matter what!
You have proven to us and to your doctor’s that nothing is going to stop you. Autism is not going to stop you and Global Developmental Delays is not going to stop you. And, Steven, you go through it all with a smile and a laugh. You laugh is so infectious that it has helped me through some very difficult times for our family! You are my joy, baby boy! I thank God for you every day! The day that we finalized your adoption was one of the happiest days of my life!
I can’t wait to see what God has planned for you, as I know it’s something big for all He has brought you through!
I love you, Steven! Happy birthday little one!