As I’ve been doing my usual this week – driving to work, playing Lego with Addison, making dinner – I find myself pausing at odd moments with a flashback of where I was four years ago. Four years ago, Addison was struggling to live. Four years ago, Aaron and I were rudely ripped from the naivety of first-time parenthood and thrust into an entirely new world no one ever imagines when they have children. Four years ago, we weren’t sure if our family would make it to the next hour, let alone the next day.
Even after we received the miracle we so desperately wanted for our newborn baby, on Mother’s Day 2011, there were major complications. Though our surgeon tried to offer us some hope, you could tell by his grim face this was going to be a tough slog back for our seven pound fighter.
Addison defied all the odds. Today we celebrate four incredible years with our Princess. Four years we never would have had without Audrey’s beautiful gift. Her heart is strong, full of energy, with a boundless supply of mischief and curiosity. There is empathy and generosity too.
I asked the Princess how she wanted to celebrate her ❤iversary. She decided on brownies. So that’s what we’re having for our special treat. Several months ago I was talking to my youngest sister, lamenting the fact that while we try really hard not to spoil Addison, we don’t always do a good job of setting limits. Jen’s response has stuck with me: “Look, at least you have her here to spoil so who cares? Why NOT spoil her?” Why not indeed. In that case, how about brownies with ice cream and sprinkles on top?
Elaine, Aaron and Addison