Saturday, April 4, 2009

A year in pictures...

We'll start at the end of the year and work our way back....
First, just a sneak peak at Daxton's birthday pics... The cake was a success!
I'm one year old now! 17 and a half lbs, and 26 inches long.

Learning to eat like a big boy...

Happy to be home, and well!

I spent my very first Christmas at home, after 8 long months in the hospital...

In the hospital... I was much happier once my g-tube and hernia surgery was over!

Oh no, back on the ventilator, but not for long this time.

Look how raw my little feet were from blood draws...

I dressed up twice for my 1st Halloween, and both were very suiting... Superman and...

... an air freshener! (Although one might say I was more of an air pollutant :)

Learning to sit up and hold up my head!

Hydrotherapy with Brown Mama. It really helped me learn to relax my muscles.

My very first bottle!

The first time I met Clyde, my first best friend.

My due date party! I was 4 months old! It was also my very first day on the nasal cannula. (Notice the same birthday hat in the recent birthday pic from above...)

A very special doctor let me go outside for my due date party. I saw the sun for the first time!

Here's me on CPAP finally, after more than 3 months on the ventilator. Mom and Dad could finally pick me up all by themselves, whenever they wanted to!

Finally in a big boy crib!

After my eye surgery. My poor eyes were pretty swollen...

Snuggling with my daddy after over a month of not being able to be held...

My first clothes! Yay for making 3.5 lbs!

Complete renal failure. 5 days, no pee.

My first Mother's Day. Mom and Dad got to see me with nothing on my face for the first time! Then they got to see me turn blue for the first time of many more to come...

Our first family photo.

Mommy got to hold me for the first time when I was 2 weeks old. It lasted 30 mins, and I did great!

Look at these bright eyes! And hairy back!

All the cool NICU babies have rasta hats :P

Heart surgery when I was less than a month old....

I FINALLY unfused my eyes at 2 weeks. This was my first pic with my eyes open.

One week old. I've entered the scaly phase.

Day 1: Daddy's wedding ring.

Day 1: Holding mommy's hand the first time. Look how tiny my fingers are!

Day 1: The very beginning... 1lb, 7oz. 11.75" long. My arms are the size of Mommy's fingers... and no one could have ever anticipated what a big, handsome, amazing boy I would become a year from now!

5 comments:

Laura (speaking for everyone!) said...

It has been a long journey for your miracle Dax! Such a precious boy! I hope he had a wonderful party full of cake and presents and completely getting spoiled.

Tiff-E said...

Happy Birthday to Daxton! What a long year and I sure know what it's like watching a surviving twin micropreemie go through the trials and tribulations of the NICU. Then living our lives the only normal way we can, even though it isn't normal to any one but us preemie parents! I'm so happy he is doing so great and enjoyed his birthday cake!

ArmyTwins said...

Happy Birthday Daxton. You have come along way and are doing so great. Keep it up

ski said...

Happy birthday to you (cha cha cha)...well thats the way Morgan and her friends sing it anyhow. I hope that you had an amazing one. I hear it was one heck of a party...including hot tub time! You rock Dax! You have come such a long way and I know youre not finished yet. Infact, I think you are just getting started! Watch out World...here comes one of THOSE Sheppard boys! :)

Jenn said...

He is just an adorable little guy!!! I'm so happy to get to know him!