|Six day old Aurelia being held by Nono for the 1st time|
|Walt Tehan singing her Irish lullabies|
|Uncle Ben, it was hard to pick a picture of Ben and Aurelia because they are all TOO precious|
Although there is one guy who is definitely number one in her heart:
And she's had play dates with kiddos her age:
|Deklan, Aurelia and Padraig|
We thought we had a little time before we had to worry about that sweet little smile winning any hearts her age. But then she met Owen:
|Um, I think Owen is totally checking her out.|
Owen is my dear friend Bethany's son. They live in North Carolina. Despite hurricanes and busy schedules, we were determined to spend some time together. Owen was born at 26 weeks. He is now 14 months old, thriving, and at around the same developmental stage as Aurelia. And Beth and I had no idea how much our special little kids would like each other. Aurelia has never responded to another baby they way she did to Owen. And the feelings were definitely mutual. It was almost like they knew, "Hey, you get me." Both of these babies are NICU graduates. Both have been through a lot of pokes and prods, tests and scans. And both of these babies continue to exceed their doctor's expectations.
|There were a thousand precious moments like this one.|
We hoped that they would be able to teach each other a thing or two. While Aurelia still struggles with rolling over and being on her tummy, Owen struggles with speech. Aurelia has always been very vocal (although she hasn't said any words yet). And Owen loves tummy time and rolling over.
Owen demonstrated rolling over, and we had to tell them to keep it rated G.
It was also great for Bethany and I to compare some mom notes. Our two little ones do so many of the same things. We felt encouraged to know that someone else is on a similar track. And we were able to talk about a lot of the processing we've gone through as parents of such special kids.