Yesterday, our Mary Claire turned 3!
|(Thank you, "Miss" Lee and "Miss" Andi Katherine for the CUTE puppy dog cake! It's PERFECT! ha)|
**That's what Mary Claire said when Miss Lee showed her the cake! Too funny!!**
Sidenote: Admittedly, it's hard for me to write that my baby is turning 3. I have been busy for a few months now making decisions about Pre-K for her. Trying to make the right decision is not the easiest in that we have to consider my work schedule, Jan's work schedule, her transportation to and from school, the best environment, etc., etc. (You all know what I mean.) Not to mention that after her medical diagnosis last Feb., we didn't know what lay ahead for her, developmentally, and if she would need to be in a special setting or not. I haven't written about this much, frankly because I just really had a hard time with it all last year. The neurologists were "throwing" all kinds of scary things our way after her MRI and EEG study at Le Bonheur. (Not to mention the risk of seizures that they said she could, or "would", experience.) My mind raced. The only way I have found peace is because I turned to God, and I had to give it all to Him because after all, only He knows what Mary Claire's future holds. (And I believe He's got great things planned for her!) After somewhat "coming to terms" with this, I have made a valiant effort to make sure I have done everything I can for my daughter. I set up a monthly evaluation to be done in our home for Mary Claire. Every month for a little over a year now, we have had a specialist from Le Bonheur come out and evaluate Mary Claire's development. (Thanks, Endia! Mary Claire will miss you and the bubbles!) I am counting my many undeserved blessings! I am thankful to tell you that Endia and the "others" agree that Mary Claire has development typical of other toddlers her age and the best part is...she has not experienced a seizure! I am just praising God for His goodness! I look at my daughter everyday and I thank God for her life. You would never know she has a medical diagnosis by looking at her or talking to her. She is so funny and imaginative and full of energy! Oh, and did I mention SASSY?! Yes, we are praying for her Pre-K teacher. hehe
Happy 3rd Birthday to my beautiful, sassy, funny little girl! My wish for you is that your life will be filled with wonderful things, wonderful people and wonderful times! I pray that God will protect you from any disease, destruction, and injury and that He will raise you up to be a servant of Him. Your life means so much to Daddy and me and we love you more and more everyday! Happy Birthday, "Sweet-Pea"! (That's where you would say, "I no sweet-pea, I just Mary Claire!") Sassy...:-)
I love you!
Here's some pictures from your 3rd birthday celebration with your friends and family: (I apologize for the number of pictures here, but I just couldn't decide which ones to leave out.)
|The Lion Cake|
|More party favors and balloons!|
|See what I mean? Sassy with the tongue stuck out!|
|Daddy tries to steal a kiss from the birthday girl!|
"No kisses, Daddy!"
|Surrounded by friends as you blow out the #3 candle!|
|"Hi, and yes, it's MY BIRTHDAY PARTY!"|
(Mimi made her special dress for her party! Thanks, Mimi!)
A swimsuit from Brock!
Rain boots from Aunt Michele!
(And she's already stomped in a couple of puddles with those boots.:-))
|"No kisses, but I will give you a high-five, Daddy!"|
High-five on a great 3rd birthday!
Happy Birthday, Mary Claire!