Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday Owen Elijah!

When I post lately, I start off by apologizing for not posting for so long...this time is no different. I believe it's a good thing and a sign of the busy times in my "Valiant" days. I don't have the time to put in to this post that I would like to, nor am I going to be an editing/grammar queen, but I want to get a few thoughts down as I feel very much like an update is in order...

Can you believe this happened FOUR years AGO?

I know I can't...we welcomed the COMPLETE miracle baby, Owen Elijah Valiant into this world 8 weeks before he was due to be born, and with little hope for his tiny life. Weighing in at an incredibly tiny for gestation 2 pounds 13 ounces, and only 14 1/4 inches long...oh my word how far this little man has come!

Now on his 4th birthday, weighing in at a whopping 26 pounds and 6 ounces, towering at 35 1/2 inches...this still small for age little boy shows no signs of slowing down.

He has a larger than life personality and has been called "intense", "passionate", "dramatic", and so much more! Singing and dancing his way through life...now quoting not-exactly--appropriate lines from TV shows and movies (he does a killer "Pinocchio from Shrek" impersonation when the mood strikes). Loving to play outside, dress up, carry a 'satchel', kicking like Karate Kid, diving (air dives) like David Boudia...oh how I could go on.

...Okay-so maybe I will a bit more:-)

A smile to melt your heart, an attitude to light a burning fire in his family, and some pretty BIG faith for a young one.

It's hard to believe he's endured countless tests, scores of doctors visits, 3 surgeries, x-rays, cat scans, months of Doc-band wearing, 2 years of physical and occupational therapy, and I'm even probably leaving out some other low-lights;-)

This kid is nearly 10 times his birth weight, out running his momma, out talking his daddy, out smarting his brothers...he is TRULY SUCH an incredible boy- I can't imagine not being his mommy!

I will leave you with some pics and a clip of Owen doing an original song and an oldie-but-goodie.

Youtube video of Owen singing ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫