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.