Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Colby

(Colby at just a couple days old)

(Colby's first month was a long one for him. His intestine ruptured which made him have a colostomy bag for a bit. But he fought strongly and did very well. He also get aquainted with the CPAP)
(Colby's second month saw more challenges. They put his belly back together which put him back on the resperator for a bit.)
(Maybe at month three he knew he was #1. Colby got off the CPAP and we started to have discussions with the doctors about bringing him home.)
(Month 4 brought a couple of ups and downs. We were told we would probably be bringing him home around Christmas. Then just a couple days before he was to come home we were told he would need to be transported to a new hospital to have stest done regarding his hydrocephalus. Colby spent his first Christmas in the hospital while mommy, daddy and grandpa visited him.)
(Colbys fifth month brought him back into the hospital to have a third ventricalostomy to treat his hydrocephalus.)
(At 6 months he got his shunt)
(After his shunt was placed, he really seemed to blossom. At seven months, he was sitting up in his bumbo)

(At eight months, he was a happy little boy and really starting to giggle)
(Nine months brought summer and warmer weathe to get him outside more.)(Colby's 10th month showed a lot of progress with his motor skills, babbling and interaction.)(At eleven months, Colby really figured out he had a tounge and started sticking it out a lot, sitting up and babbling ma ma ma, da da da and ba ba ba)

(And here's our big boy just a couple days ago, sitting up big and tall taking in the world around him.)

To my son,

Mom and I waited many years to meet you. You came into this world in an extraordinary way, fighting and working so hard to overcome challenges that life brought you. This must have been a sign of what an extraordinary boy you would become. Mom, myself and so many others supported you throughout it all knowing that with some help, you could overcome just about anything. And look at you now, one year old, a happy, strong little boy. Growing, babbling, laughing away, you melt the hearts of so many. You've bought such joy to our lives and completed me in ways you can never imagine. That's all because of the wonderful little boy you are.

Thank you Colby for coming into our lives.

I love you,



Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Colby! You have come so far and have so far yet to go. Take care and enjoy your day!

Blessings from Your Friends in Delta, OH

Unknown said...

With tears streaming down my face from reading that and seeing those pictures, I want to say Happy Birthday to you Colby and applaud Scott and Tracey for being the amazing parents that they are.

The Johnson Family 5 said...

Happy Birthday Colby! What an amazing year it's been!! I'm so glad that I have been able to follow your courageous's to many more fabulous birthdays!

Your friends in TEXAS!

t said...

Happy Birthday, Colby! You're so beautiful and an inspiration! Congrats to Scott and Tracey for being such wonderful parents to an incredible boy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Colby. You are a miricle and I feel greatful to have followed your story.

Unknown said...

Your family is such an inspiration... and Colby is such a miracle... thank you for allowing us all an open window to your world for this past year.
A very happy birthday Colby!
Shine On!

Cynthia said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Colby!! I still get teary reading all of your updates and how far you've come. I still hope someday to actually meet you! I hope the whole family had a great day

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Colby :)
Love, Mary and Hannah

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Colby and Avery. Isn't it truely amazing how much life can change in a year. How much a couple can go through and still come out on top. I have tears for all that you've gained and of course for all that you've lost. Colby is a miracle and an adorable one at that. His journey was and is amazing, it certainly does put life in perspective. Good luck at the eye dr's. Your family will be in my thoughts these next few weeks. Take time to enjoy the memories and conversations of "this time last year." Happy one year of blogging Scott, you and Tracey are both inspirational.

Chrissy said...

Happy Birthday to Colby, a beautiful boy! Happy wishes to the whole family, Hamilton too.

Jamie, Jordan, and Maleia said...

Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday dear COLBY... Happy Birthday to You!!!!!

Happy FIRST Birthday little Colby, you have come along way. It is so exciting to see you sitting up all by yourself, you are such a big boy now!!! :) I hope you had a great Birthday!!!

Scott and Tracey,
You are such amazing parents and have done wonderfully with little Colby!!! He is such a big boy now, I can't wait to see what else he will be doing in the months to come!!!

Love you guys!!! :D