Happy 5th Birthday to my sweet SPECIAL, adorable Bray Bray. You have come SO far these few years. I can picture you achieving so much more in the future. I am extremely PROUD and honored to call you my Best friend! You are so beautiful, compassionate, smart, and funny! You have been blessed with an amazing ability to memorize. You are so good at speaking in other languages or with different accents, singing songs, and talking like a mini-adult. I can't wait to see where life leads you. I hope you stay just as cheerful and never give up!! :)
|IN THE N.I.C.U. BED|
|THE DAY BRAY CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL IN HER "BIG" PREEMIE CLOTHES|
|IN THE N.I.C.U. W/HER BILIRUBEN BLANKET & BURNED HAND|
|TINY "BABY DOLL" BOTTLE THAT LOOKS SO BIG NEXT TO HER|
She wasn't eating well, but I tried to pump regularly and bring her bottles of milk. Eating was a struggle because sucking was such a difficult task for a little one. Bray stayed in the NICU for one month. And on Easter Sunday she came home.
|EVEN HER "BINKY" LOOKS SO BIG IN THIS PICTURE|
|MY PINKY WAS THE SIZE OF HER FOOT|
|NOT SCARED ABOUT WEIGHT ANYMORE! AND THANKFULLY HER RED BEAUTY MARK HAS DISAPPEARED.|
|WEARING HER GLASSES AND BRACES|
She had a bleed to her brain when she was born. The MRI didn't show any major problems, but with an expert physical therapist, we knew something was wrong. Vision, early birth, the bleeding of the brain, delayed fine motor and gross motor skills were very common with premature birth. She was an extremely picky eater also. But her biggest challenge was learning to walk. It was obvious that she walked on her tippy toes, had flat feet, and her feet went inward when she walked. So, that's when we decided to go to Shriner's Hospital, an AMAZING hospital for children. We go to UT twice a year to get x-rays and to make sure her braces are working out well for her. It has been said that someday she may need surgery when she gets older. But it's better to wait while she's growing. Physical therapy and AFO braces are the best thing she can do right now. She has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which is defined as: a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.
She is currently in a mainstream Kindergarten classroom at a public school. She gets therapy during school and outside of school in 4 different areas. She goes to music class for fun, and loves to go see plays. She enjoys reading, making up/reciting stories, and playing on the kindle. She also enjoys the "villains" in fairy tale movies, especially Snow White.
And now...to celebrate this happy girls LIFE!!!! Oh my goodness! How are we going to top this next year! It was the first real birthday party year. We gave her a few options and she truly had an awesome birthday! It was perfect that it landed on Easter weekend too!
|BIRTHDAY MICKEY PANCAKE BREAKFAST|
|KARAOKEE MACHINE FROM MOM AND DAD (WHICH BY THE WAY IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN STORES WHEN IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS! WHO KNEW??)|
|GOIN' TO GRANDMA'S ON HER REAL BIRTHDAY!|
|HER CAKE O' CANDY!!|
|EASTER EGG HUNT|
WE SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THERE....BUT WE DIDN'T ;) THIS GIRL WANTED TO HAVE A PARTY WITH HER FRIENDS, SO CHUCK E CHEESE IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|GOIN' TO HER BIRTHDAY PARTY|
|LOOK AT THAT EXPRESSION! SOMEONE IS HAVIN' A BLAST!!|
|AIR HOCKEY, A FAVORITE , AS YOU CAN SEE!|
|BIRTHDAY GIRL WITH CHUCK E|