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Ashlee is Mama of one darling boy. A 28 week early bird, now 1 and some change, doing beautifully. She lives near Chicago with her sweetheart husband and French Bulldog. She's a thinker not afraid to get her silly on. Babywearer, veggie queen, photography nut. Before the domestic days Ashlee was pursuing a future in developmental psychology but has happily shifted gears in favor of staying at home and couldn't imagine doing anything else. In her free time (ha!) you can find her whipping up babyslings, holding down the fort at Mama Speaks and spotlighting as an Itsy Bitsy Yoga Instructor.

Graduation Day

As of this morning Xavier is officially a NICU grad!

Since he was discharged from the hospital 17 months ago we have been returning for developmental clinics. We meet with a physical therapist, speech pathologist and neonatologist to track his development and look for any lasting effects of prematurity. So far he'd sailed through all the checks with flying colors, but we still had to wait. But today, we got the green light!

We have fallen in love with everyone there, they sort of become a second family and it is a huge relief to know that now, we'll only be going back to visit. The first time I held him, Xavier was so small he'd fit in one of his Daddy's hands. To see him grow, from our tiny 3 pound- 28 weeker, to the little boy he is today has been such a journey. To think then, that by the age of two it would all be behind us, was unthinkable. And yet, today, the fact that our 19 month old- should be 16 month old, is functioning physically, mentally, well above his actual age, blows my mind.

He'll always be my early bird and I'll never forget those early days, good and bad, up and down. Day's we thought would be his last, yet knew our world had been forever changed. And days we knew that we would someday leave that hospital as three. There's no erasing that, nor would I want to.

But today he is just my miracle. Our proof that hope is real and prayers are answered.

You make me so proud X-man. Your strength and courage and will, leave me speechless all too often. Today, and always, I am honored to have been chosen as your Mommy.


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  • Blogger Adventures In Babywearing says so:
    7:43 AM  

    Oh, I have chills. He is such a miracle and has an amazing purpose already in this life. You are a GREAT Mama.

    Steph top

  • Anonymous Peanut Butter and Jelly Boats says so:
    8:49 AM  

    This is the best graduation ever!

    You are very blessed to have him! top

  • Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! says so:
    9:53 AM  

    Aw, what a beautiful post. What a great day for you all!!

    Has it always said "hatching" at the bottom for comments? I never noticed that before!! lol top

  • Blogger Life With All Boys says so:
    11:07 AM  

    Xavier really is an amazing little boy, and a blessing to everyone who meets him!! top

  • Blogger JoynerFam says so:
    11:07 AM  

    I can't believe how tiny he was? YAY X! Yay mommy and daddy for being so strong! Hope the rest of your week is as magical as today! Sorry we missed you on sunday.

    Amanda top

  • Blogger Staci says so:
    11:31 AM  

    Oh!!! Congrats Xavier! That is wonderful...what a blessing he is. :) top

  • Blogger Glass Half Full says so:
    4:23 PM  

    Oh my goodness, look how little he was! CELEBRATE THE DAY!!!!! :) top

  • Blogger Katja from skimbaco.com says so:
    4:56 PM  

    I am so happy for you all!
    You are an amazing mother, I just love reading your posts.

    Katja top

  • Blogger Tracey says so:
    7:35 PM  

    Wow! What a difference! He is SUCH a doll. Congrats to the graduate! top

  • Blogger JoynerFam says so:
    11:29 AM  

    I need to know X's favorite colors so I can make him a hat. It's just a new project I'm trying out, check out my blog for the pictures and let me know the colors.

    Amanda top

  • Blogger Heaven Sent says so:
    12:48 PM  

    Congratulations to all three of you! I'm tearing up over here!

    What a long journey for all three of you to make, but how wonderful it is to look back and see what a wonderful work God has done on X. Such a happy, sweet little man who from what I gather, is wise beyond his years! top

  • Blogger Heidi says so:
    4:28 PM  

    Yippie!!! What a wonderful graduation! He is amazing and you guys are so inspiring. top

  • Anonymous Mama C-ta says so:
    11:28 PM  

    Oh so tiny and now so big! The most important graduation day ever. What a sweet old soul he has and what a strong family you are! top

  • Blogger Cara says so:
    8:43 AM  

    Congrats! What a wonderful milestone!
    My son Joey is a 28 weeker, born at 2lb9oz. He's going to be 2 next month and is now 30 lbs.
    We don't have any therapies - we just go to evaluations every 4 months. He's a typical toddler - a perfect handful! top