Saturday, May 3, 2008

Big brother

"Buttercup", 13 weeks, rubbing eyes

Dear Reuben

For your birthday, we're giving you a sibling. I say giving, but as you know after what you've been through in the lab even before you were born and after what mummy's been through with years of surgeries and procedures, mummy doesn't just have babies. It's an absolute miracle. It's been a tough week for us darling because we've so wanted a baby to be a playmate for you and because mummy's of advanced maternal age as she's often told, these things don't happen too easy and the risks proved to be extremely high this week after some news from some Drs and nurses. But a lot of people said a lot of prayers or kept you in their thoughts. Positive thinking can, as you know, achieve great miracles. We've had 4 big wishes in the last year: for you to see your 1st birthday, for you to grow, for you to develop and for you to have a sibling in the making. We dreamed of your loving sibling long before you were born and your challenges only made us work harder against all the odds to achieve the dream. So we tried last September with your IVF frosties and sadly they went to heaven but are looking down on and blessing you now, sweet beautiful boy. And we tried again. We feel so confident in all your team members who help look after you so well and by doing so, make this step possible. You are going to be a big brother. Imagine that! Your little brother or sister, we're not telling you, is due on 17 November, mummy's 40th birthday. So, happy birthday darling.

With love always
Mummy and Daddy

Look at you standing up like a big birthday boy!
Birthday outfit from Cousin Catherine Ann & family in Glasgow. Moo Moo from Godmother Anne-Marie


Mrs. Donaghy, I Presume... said...


(Just so you know, we are really and truly sitting here at the computer at work singing to Reuben...the other parents are going to think we are totally insane.)

Stephanie and Rachel (your PICU nurses)

Mighty Max! said...

Oh my gosh....congratulations! Sooooooooooooooooooo exciting! I didn't know you were trying again, I am just thrilled to the moon for ALL of you!

And a belated Happy Birthday to the wonderful, amazing, handsome Reu! :)

Love, Amy and Max

Mary said...

Congratulations! Such wonderful news and what a birthday present for Reuben. You are really going to need to in future years to find a birthday present better than this one.

ellen charge said...

WOW GREAT NEWS FOR U BOTH hope this baby is healthy and perfect and is a best friend for reu wat a day to b due your 40th his pressie but also will be yours to love you all very much i will watching him wit interest and you of course

skeybunny said...

Happy Birthday Reuben & Congradulations on being a big brother!

Sarah, Jeremy, and Evan

ypersico said...

Oh congratulations congratulations congratulations!!!! We are so very very happy for you!!! ~ and happy happy Reuben's birthday to us all! So much wonderful news! love, the Persico Family! :o)

Eva Nichole said...

OH MY GOSH!! I Am so happpy for you all, my thoughts and prayers are with you all for a smooth, healthy, and wonderful pregnancy and birth!!
Love and hugs,
Crystal and Eva

hannah m said...

What a blessing! Such joyful news. Many, many congratulations.

MK said...

How Fabulous!! Congratulations to you all... ...

Sharon Bance said...

Oh Catherine, I'm so so happy for both you, Jason and Reuben. That is absolutely fantastic news, I'm so excited for you all.

A very happy first birthday to your gorgeous son as well. He seems to be doing fantastically and is such a strong, brave boy.

With lots and lots of love to all of you xx

Candi said...

Congratulations!!! This is wonderful news! I told Rob and we are both so happy for you all! I understand well that having babies isn't something you can take for granted, and I am so happy that you were able to get your wish. I hope that things continue to go well and you have a lovely "typical" pregnancy.

Kristi said...

We are, as you already know, so very happy and excited for all of you... but I just had to say it here, too!
With love,
The Swanns

Amélie said...

Wonderful news for you all and as a 40 year old this year do not worry it all begins at 40...I am just waiting for it to begin!!