Monday, April 6, 2009

Avery is 3 years old!

Avery Jane-6 months old

Avery Jane pulls up! 8 months old

Avery and her Blues Clues-9 months old

Avery's First Valentine's Day

Avery's First Birthday-3/20/07
Grill cheese for Breakfast-Ave's Fave:)

It is hard for me to believe that my baby girl is 3 years old already. It really seems like just the other day we were looking down on her tiny little body hooked up to machines in the NICU at Wolfson's Children's hospital in Jacksonville. Avery Jane is a tough little cookie. Looking at her then, she seemed so tiny and helpless and fragile. She had a very rough start. She was born a month early. When she was born, she looked so beautiful. But, she couldn't cry. She made a pitiful grunting noise. She was whisked away to the NICU. It was the strangest feeling. She was in the NICU and Brian was gone to tell our families what was going on. The doctors and nurses had finished up and left me all alone. I knew I had just given birth, but it all felt so unreal. It almost felt like maybe I had just dreamed the whole thing. We didn't get to hold her or feed her for the first week of her life. It was the scariest time I have ever experienced. To look at her now, one would never guess she had ever had such a rough start. She is an amazing little girl. She is sweet and funny, tough and beautiful. She loves to play outside. She loves dogs, especially Crush! She is a HUGE Lightning McQueen fan. She likes to wear dresses every day. She has a stubborn streak. She says she wants to be a whale trainer when she grows up. She is such a blessing to me. I am ever-so-thankful to God for the wonderful gift of Avery Jane. Happy Birthday to Avery!

1 comment:

kelly said...

So sweet and heart breaking. Its hard to remember Miss Avery Jane that little. Thankfully she has that stubbornness~ God allowed that to help her fight when she was a infant.