Happy 6th birthday!! #becauseofanorgandonor #lifeaftertransplant

We are celebrating six incredible years today. These past six years, life has been a lot like a crazy ride on the swings. There have been euphoric highs and stomach-churning lows. Sometimes it has been terrifying. Sometimes we’re laughing so hard our stomachs hurt. Sometimes I have just wanted to jump off and hope I land on my feet.

Addison is mature beyond her years in many ways – she doesn’t cry anymore when getting blood draws – but at the end of the day she is still just a little girl. Still Mommy and Daddy’s baby. Still loves cuddling in bed at night. Still wants to hold hands. Still believes in magic and fairytales. Still has freak-outs over the weirdest, smallest things. I never want that to end. (Except the freak-outs. They can go anytime.)

Celebrations this year have been pretty low key because we are in the thick of packing up our house to move out for renovations. Addison had a birthday party with her friends on Sunday. This afternoon we’ll have a special afternoon tea treat with the “girls” – that’s me and Charlie plus our transplant BFF Margaret.

On her last night of being a five-year old I asked her what the best part of being five was. She said, “Reading books to Charlie. Having Charlie be born.” Then Addison asked me, “You never stop having birthdays right?”. I replied, “Not until you die.” (We speak very frankly about life and death.) And she paused for a moment before exclaiming, “That won’t be for a hundred years!!!!” I certainly hope so my sweetheart.

Life is good. Happy birthday my beautiful baby.

Elaine, Aaron, Addison and Charlie

8 thoughts on “Happy 6th birthday!! #becauseofanorgandonor #lifeaftertransplant

  1. Happy Happy 6th birthday, sweet Addison!!! You have taught us to celebrate each day like it’s a birthday. Hope you’re having another adventurous day! Love you. xo

  2. Happy Birthday Princess Addison … may the upcoming year continue to bring you good health and may you never lose your childhood curiosity and magic … you are a very special girl and Charlie is very lucky to have you to share life’s journeys with … love and hugs to the McYong Clan … Cheryl in Victoria ( a recently retired Critical Care / former Peds. nurse who lives life as though there is no dress rehearsal ! 🙂

  3. I am sure you and your family Addison are having a super experience. I am looking at all your pictures.The kids sang those 2 songs at the year end assembly. I will show it to you in September.Adios.

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