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Sunday, November 16, 2008

SHOW AND TELL: Happy Birthday my dear Joey

8 yrs ago on November 15th, Joey made a surprise early appearance. Despite being almost 4 weeks early, Joey was healthy and strong. I had a 20 inch long, 7 lb preemie. His first day was a little scary. He had to spend 24 hours in an oxygen tent while they made sure he didn't have any lung problems.

Luckily, he had no problems with his lungs. The fluid in them was just because I never went into labor and it quickly resolved itself. He was able to go home after only 4 days in the hospital.

This teeny little bundle of joy has grown into an incredible young man. He is smart, funny, and strong.

He is so very kind and gentle. He is so good with his little brother. Gabe truly adores Joey and with good reason.

I am in awe of my boy. He is my heart and soul and I can't imagine life without him in it. I am so very lucky to be his mother. Happy Birthday dear boy.

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Cassandra said...

Happy Birthday Joey!!

Wow, what a huge preemie. I can't imagine how big he would have been if he'd made it full-term!

Another Dreamer said...

Happy Birthday to Joey!

So cute :)

Rachel said...

Wow, your situation mirrors my littleone almost to a T! He too was almost 4 weeks early, 7lb 6 oz preemie (biggest preemie in nicu). His situation wasnt as clear cut as yours. He did have neumothorax (sp) and had to have a chest tube, breathing tubes and bili lights (I so wanted to bring in a palm tree for a pic but stayed my hand). DL will be 8 in April and can be a handful. Glad things turned out great with Joey.

FattyPants said...

Happy birthday to joey. Wonderful pictures of his journey.

Cara said...

Awww - Happy Birthday Joey and Mama too!!!

I've been pondering how exactly I used to have a gurgling infant in my arms and I now have...a nearly 6 year old.

Your pics totally answered my question! Wow - 8 years old...how does that feel?

MrsSpock said...

Happy Belated Birthday Joey!

He was a big preemie, wasn't he?

Thank you for sharing!

Delenn said...

I love that curly hair!! How cute! My son is also in karate..they look so handsome in their uniforms.

Hope he had a great birthday!

Lee said...

Happy belated birthday, Joey!

Dora said...

Happy 8 to Joey!

Great looking boy! What a beautiful baby he was!

Ken's choice said...

Happy Birthday Joey, !!

I can hear a very proud mum speaking here !

JuliaS said...

The curls are fabulous! What a sweet looking guy. I had a son also 4 weeks early thanks to a whopper gall bladder attack. He was 7.5 lbs but did the NICU thing too for the same reason - fluid in his lungs. Beautiful baby and handsome boy.

Happy birthday Joey from another Scorpio! (I get my cake tomorrow!)

Malky B. said...

Happy Birthday Joey!

I'm glad to hear he didn't have too bad of a time as a preemie.

momofonefornow said...

Happy Birthday Joey!!

Tara said...

Happy Birthday Joey!!!

Lori said...

Congratulations on the anniversary of the birth of Joey, and happy birthday to him!

Your love for him oozes in this post. Nicely done.

WiseGuy said...

He was so cute as a baby....and hope he had a wonderful birthday! All the best to your family. Let Love Prevail!

Sam said...

love the great curly hair!! My middle brother has tight curls too but likes to keep it dead short!

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