This is the common definition I see for "rainbow babies" and thought it was worth sharing again. The safe arrival of Finley and the YEAR we have had with him has not diminished our grief for Cale. It hasn't made us miss him less and it hasn't changed how hard it was to lose Miles' brother Daren. Because those were terrible, tragic things and they have forever changed us. But Finley has forever changed us as well. And he, on his own without strings attached, has been such a true and amazing blessing. Just as the definition above says, he provided hope. Even the idea of him gave us hope. But having him here, getting to snuggle and play with and laugh with this sweet, crazy, silly little boy has been so immensely incredible. Challenging at times, but rewarding every single day. And here we are a full year later. We have a one year old. It sounds so weird. But oh my, has this last year been so very wonderful.
This past weekend we had Finley's birthday party. Seeing that we are so thankful that we get to celebrate this big milestone, it's safe to say I went a little nuts. I wanted a fish theme (only makes sense when your nickname is Finn), and after checking out many crafty blogs and etsy shops, decided that I could make most of the decor and invites myself. I pretty much dedicated the last month worth of nap times to getting things ready and had a lot of fun doing it all.
Finn did pretty well during the party and I was so thankful for all those who came and helped us celebrate. Thanks to the iPhone, we were able to do FaceTime with some of our family so they could sing Happy Birthday along with us. I think he may have been a little overwhelmed and he was more interested in playing with his cake than eating it and certainly didn't enjoy the bath after when we were cleaning blue frosting out of his ear! And like most one year olds, Finn seemed more interested in the balloons and boxes than the actual gifts he got. He sure is one loved little guy.
And now that the party is over, it's game time in the Hidalgo house. Five days until the movers come to start packing our stuff and only eight days until we move. Yikes!