Friday, June 3, 2011

Mitchell turns 2!

Mitchell's birthday was a lot harder for me than I care to admit. I cried almost every time someone asked me about it. What an emotional day. It's so hard not look at all he's unable to do, and what he cannot become. I know I should be thankful that I still have him, and I am. But that doesn't really make his future easy to accept.
Mitchell is the SWEETEST baby. He coos, and LOVES to be held and snuggled. He smiles at times, can grab ahold of toys for 1-5 seconds. Favorite toys are lights, music (prefers baby Einstein) and he loves measuring spoons! He rolls over occasionally, and can sit with lots of support. Loves the swing outside and taking a bath in his bath chair. He eats puree baby foods, (still makes himself gag if you're not careful) and fruits are definitely his favorite. We go to therapy twice a week for PT (physical therapy) and OT (occupational therapy) and have in home therapy twice a week. I am one educated mom!
I have to admit Mitchell still struggles with being happy and probably cries 6 hours a day. He wakes up usually twice a night, and it takes 15-60 min. to get him back in bed. We've been wrapping him really tight again, and he's slept through the night twice in the last 2 weeks!

We had a little party at the park for Mitchy and my friends really pulled through for me. It's so hard not to feel like a bad mom, or really want to do things for someone who doesn't care. I made cupcakes, and Mitchell scored on the gifts. Pictures to come...

I really wanted Mitchell to get to eat something special for his b-day so we made PUDDING. I recorded this video, so you can see how absolutely sweet Mitchell is. He is so precious, and we are so lucky to have this sweet little boy in our home, I had to share part of him with you!
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10 comments:

  1. Oh Kel, this post made me cry, and then laugh at the end with the pudding! That was so cute, and such a good idea to make Mitchy's day special for him! You're such a great mom, and my heart goes out to you!

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  2. OH my goodness!! That was adorable. I love his little glasses. What a sweetheart. Thank you for sharing your feelings. I've always admired that you have been so honest in the way that you feel about the situation. I think every mother, well me at least, would have the exact same feelings. You are a great Mom. AND... Happy Birthday, Mitchy.

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  3. We all have days where we feel like bad moms. Some days of mothering are better than others, let's be honest. Your family is a wonderful one where the spirit is there and love abounds. I know Mitchy is blessed to have you for his mother.

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  4. Mitchell is a big spirit in a little body...he knows how much you do for him. (or at the very least he'll realize it later!) Happy birthday to Mitchell. I can't wait to hold him THIS month!

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  5. Hi Kellie, This post really touched me. I guess being so far away and only seeing the blog I had lost track of how old Mitchell is and thought he was still a baby. I can see how a second b-day would be a tough milestone when you pause to think about what life could be like. Bless your heart! You are a sweet mom and I am always touched by your positive outlook and cheerful attitude.

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  6. This really is a touching post, so honest and from your heart. I can't imagine him with a better mom! Happy 2 years to both of you :)

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  7. Kellie, You are an angel. Mitchell chose you and you chose him. Keep that eternal perspective of who Mitchell is. I have always admired you, loved you for your optimism and cheerful disposition. Hang in there! and I so enjoyed seeing you last month. It felt just like old times.

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  8. You're beautiful. You are both so blessed to have each other. It can't be easy though, AT ALL! Even if he doesn't understand now what you do for him, what you do inspires me, and by all of these comments, lot's of other moms too.

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  9. Kellie, I love you and your beautiful family! It's hard to find time to catch up, even on blogs, but I'm so glad I got to read yours today. I know I have LOTS of days where I beat myself up as a mother - thinking that I'm not doing it as well as I could or should. I think you're an amazing mother and that Mitchell is a blessing to you and equally you are a blessing to him! Thanks for being so honest - you've really uplifted me today!
    Much love,
    Sarah Lunt

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  10. Oh - and I loved the video of him eating pudding. What a great idea and it looked like he really liked it! - Sarah

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