Tuesday, May 19, 2009

1 Year old!!!

Wow!!! We can't believe it! Stella is already a year old!
Time really flies, and we are truly grateful that we get to have Stella here with us. At times though we still wonder...why us? Why were we the ones chosen to have a heart kid? I think it's the very first question that every heart parent ask themselves when they first get the news. Next comes the moment of panic and despair, followed by fear of the unknown. Later tears...still trying to make some sort of sense out of all this....and finally, sweet acceptance. The fight begins.
As Sara and I sit here and watch our little Stella bounce around in her swing, throwing her hands in the air dancing, laughing, looking at us and smiling with that sweet little face...that's when it all makes sense.That's when we know we were the lucky ones.
Sorry about the rambling...couldn't help it.
Stella had an awesome birthday party! We decorated everything in pink princess theme. There were tons of balloons everywhere. Mommy had a custom cake made for her, half chocolate and half vanilla. Aunts, Uncles, and cousins showed up for the event, even Great-Grandma and her sister were able to make it. Stella knew it was a very special day for her and everyone else. She was also very exited with her new toys, all 1+years!
Well...I think that wraps it up for now. Soon we'll have an update with her 1 year check-up.

First taste of cake

Admiring her new toy

Cousin Lindsey playing

Staring at the Monkey

Grandma from Italy sent her a Children's book

Stella and the Pignata


Christina said...

Happy Birthday Stella! That cake is awesome. I hope you guys had lots of fun celebrating.

Hugs & Prayers,
Jacob's Momma

Hollie said...

Looks like you had a beautiful party to celebrate with your beautiful miracle girl. She's getting so big and is absolutely beautiful!
Give her some birthday hugs from us!
Hollie, Ben and Elaina

Loretta Enders said...

Happy 1st Birthday, Stella!

What a fun party we all had!

A year ago we really did not know if we would be celebrating with you on this day. You were so tiny and so sick that we wondered if you would make it. Boy did you show us!!!
You withstood all the problems that came your way, along with the heart defect, all came through it like a champ!
Stella, you have been such an inspiration to all of us who love you and your mom and dad.

Grandpa and I will continue to enjoy watching you grow and progress in mind and body. We love you so much!

Grandma Enders

bmann said...

Happy Birthday Stella!! Wow I can't believe she is already 1 year old. She is so cute and getting so big. What an amazing birthday cake perfect for a princess! It looks like Stella got spoiled for her special day and she so deserved it! :)
Diane Mann

Brad and Angeline said...

Happy Birthday Stella! She looks amazing and SO beautiful!

Angie Bailey