Happy 13 Months!


Today is Theodore’s 13 month birthday. I honestly didn’t know if we’d make it here. In fact, we weren’t sure that we’d make it to his first birthday.

We celebrated Theo’s first birthday two days after arriving in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Theo was on life support at the time – a ventilator was breathing for him, hemodialysis was filtering his kidneys and vasopressors were keeping his heart beating. The day before we were told that he had less than a 20 percent chance of survival.  My once vibrant baby was now a terminally sick toddler.


Celebrating Theo’s first birthday in PICU 


Theo’s birthday banner made by our wonderful PICU nurses

I promised him then that when he left the hospital, we’d throw a big party with a cake full of sugar and artificial colours (unlike the healthy one I had planned) that he could eat and smash to pieces.

Today we blissfully celebrate one more month with our son. We also celebrate that Theo’s kidneys are functioning and he’s breathing on his own! He’s still being fed through a nasogastric tube but I look forward to the day that he can have his first bite of cake surrounded by everyone who loves him.


  1. Happy 13 Months, Theodore!
    Friends with your Aunt Laura….following your story and praying for you all the way from New Mexico!

  2. Ash, reading this post gave me goosebumps and brought tears to my eyes (of course)! I’m home safe, and missing you all. Happy 13 months, Theo!!

  3. What a miracle boy!!! We have been praying for you guys since we heard your story. Theo is a fighter!!! We will continue to pray for more blessings everyday. Sending our love and prayers.

    The Beerman family xxxxx

  4. Mark, we are continuing to pray for beautiful Theo. We think about you all everyday. Thank you for sharing Theo’s story with us. My parents also send their love to you and your family. Happy 13 months Theo! Keep fighting. Xoxo

  5. He truly is a miracle baby. Stay strong Theo!! Sending you all of my love and strength. You are all in my thoughts and prayers xo Happy 13 months little guy 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday little man. I’m a friend of Laura’s. I’ve been praying for little Theo and all of you, day and night since I learned of your situation. God is working a miracle in his life! This update makes me so happy. Praise God

  7. Amazing update!!! So glad to hear he is improving! You are all on the prayer list at our church. We will continue to pray and hope that he keeps improving so he can smash that birthday cake soon! 🙂

  8. Hi. I’m good friends with Miles and Jenn Vincent. There’s a group of us over here in Australia who have been praying for you since we heard (a few weeks now). Believing you will bring Theo home with you one day!!! Keep us posted! Xo

  9. I’m Jenn Vincent’s Sister-In-Law from the US. We have been praying down here like mad for you both and for Theo. And as many others as I could think to ask to pray with us have been asked, updated and continue in faithful prayer that this sweet boy’s life is FAR, FAR, FAR from over. God is holding you ALL gently, but firmly, in his hands and keeping you all close during this time of trial. KNOW that you are LOVED. And thank you for sharing such a wonderful update with us.

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