Lucas was born in the wee hours of the early morning. Unlike Hannah, Dean, and Warren, there was no team of doctors there. No NICU staff standing by. No big lights and excited voices. With Lucas, all was still and silent. A single doctor, a single nurse, and his mommy and daddy. There were tears all around. But, there was also joy. That's such a hard thing to explain, but I so much loved the little time we had with him. I love that I got the opportunity to know him a little bit, to study his little face - his cleft chin and pudgy cheeks and unibrow. I love that I was able to read him a story, to sing him a lullaby, to hold him. I have about 8 hours of memories with my sweet Lucas to last me a lifetime.
Happy 2nd birthday Lucas! This year we are in the mountains for your birthday. I'm sitting out on the balcony while Dean and Warren fight inside. Daddy and Hannah are looking at pictures of us all together. It's like any other day, except it isn't. Because today is YOUR birthday! We had big plans for today - a hike in the morning, a picnic in our favorite park, cupcakes and cards for your birthday party. But the weather isn't cooperating with us and it's cold and wet today. Which means, a dinosaur museum (which at 2, you probably wouldn't have enjoyed. But by 5 you would love) Don't worry - we are still planning on those cupcakes! Mommy even made them gluten free so I can enjoy too! But mostly, today is a day when we get to think about you a little more, get to talk about you more freely, get to remind your brothers and sister that not every day is about them. I have missed you so very much over these past 2 years. So much. As Dean says, I so wish you were able to come live with us. But ultimately, I know you are cared for and safe and loved now. And so I'm resting in that on this dreary mountain day. Knowing you are celebrating yourself with Reagan and Noah, with your 12 brothers and sisters in heaven. What a party! But don't grow up too fast, k?? Save something for Mommy to teach you. I love you fiercely my boy, always and forever.