Monday, 16 August 2010

Violet turns 5

Violet's birthday started out with her speech therapy and a Guide Dogs home visit. She then had fairy bread for lunch and waited very patiently for Emily to arrive home from school to have her birthday cake and play pass the parcel.

This is of course a day of celebration but also brings up such full on emotions. These are emotions about Violet’s birth, first few weeks of life and life in general for her. I think of what could have been and just how much we appreciate Violet is here with us every day.
I had no idea I was going to have a baby with any medical conditions and with that special needs, so when Violet was born we were suddenly thrust into the world of medical conditions and terms we knew nothing about, it was a complete shock! I don’t think it would have helped to know before she was born something was wrong, as nothing can truly prepare you.
Looking back on the past 5 years of constant ups and downs, you realise in a have somehow adapted to this new way of life, even if you hadn’t realised it before. In some ways, it starts to become routine...well what else can you do.
I am thankful even though it has been/and still is a long road, she has come a long way and she has taught me so much!
I am so very thankful she is with us.
You light up my life Miss V and we love you so much...Happy 5th Birthday!


Alison said...

Happy Birthday VIolet!!! Wow - she looks so grown up now. I hope she had a great day celebrating her birthday.

I know what you mean about birthdays and remembering how we got started on this road. I also know what you mean about adapting to this new life - very true.

Give your little princess a big hug from my girls!

Belinda said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Violet! xx.

Love Archer and Belinda. xx.

Noel, Rachael Millicent & Hamish Taylor said...

Happy Birthday Violet! Hope you enjoyed that delicious looking cake!

The Henrys said...

Happy Birthday Violet!!!! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Missy said...

Happy Birthday to you gorgeous Violet-hope you have had a wonderful day.

Hugs to you Sarah for everything that today means to you xxxxx

Josephine said...

Happy Birthday! What a pretty cake you had :)
I completely relate to your feelings... And, I have to say, I am actually very grateful for the fact that I only knew about Avery's hydrocephalus for two weeks before she was born! So many people find out at their 20 week scans, and that just gives them more time to worry about the future without knowing how involved their child's medical conditions are going to be.
What is fairy bread?
Pass the parcel is a standard party game for me, but no one over here in the states has heard of it! I had to explain it to everyone when we played it for Avery's party this year!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Violet!

I hope you all had a great day. Hugs from Karen and Henry

Sarah said...

Fairy bread is bread buttered with 100's and 1000's on it. I personally can not stand the stuff but kids love it, especially for b'day's.

Kristen said...

Wow, she looks so grown up! Happy Birthday Violet!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! :)

Laura said...

Happy Belated Birthday Violet! We hope that you had a wonderful birthday. :o)

Melissa and Luke Young said...

Happy Birthday Violet... Hope you had an amazing day

Sarah, I completely understand what you mean about the 'emotions' that birthdays bring up. It really makes you think about the 'life' you now lead and how it has changed. Yes you do adapt, but on those hard days such as birthdays, that doesnt always make it easier..

Great blog post... you do an amazing job with Violet xx

Give Violet a happy birthday hug from Ellie

Mazzmerise said...

Happy Birthday Violet ♥

Sarah even when issues show up later we are never ready and like you said we just live on and enjoy what we have ♥ hope you also had a good day ♥enjoy your precious little princess and Family ((hugs))

ferfischer said...

oh! Happy Belated Birthday Violet!