Today is Harry’s birthday. This year probably seems a little more special because of the difficulties he has had to endure. But we do get to celebrate today knowing some good news. Last week Harry went to the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor who told us that Harry made have had a growth spurt. His windpipe seems to have widened and there is no sign of the constant wheezing that he had been experiencing since February. We’re very thankful for this news.
Having watched Lucy and her cousins go from being 2 to 3 years old I know that Harry is about to go from being a baby to being a little boy. It’s certainly bittersweet to watch your kids grow. Every age so far has been better than the last but there are things that get left behind. For Harry this is especially true because as he overcomes his challenges change sometimes comes very fast. Little things go away so quick that only some weeks later do you realize that they disappeared.
One year ago we celebrated Harry’s first birthday with a measure of uncertainty. We watched him stuff cake into his mouth that evening well aware that just weeks before he had experienced his first seizure. Praise God that a year later those neurological difficulties seem to be well controlled with medicine. Little did we know that as the year progressed Harry’s greatest struggle would have nothing to do with his Sturge-Weber (as far as we know right now) and he would end up in the pediatric ICU for almost 5 weeks with severe respiratory trouble.
I think I am approaching Harry’s third year taking nothing for granted. Today we are thankful to God that we have him healthy and happy. Harry is a constant reminder to me that no matter how much I try to protect my children they are ultimately in God’s hands.