Alex's birthday wasn't just a party for him, but a celebration of his life - past, present, and future. I know there are lots of pictures, but believe me, they are all worth the smile it will bring to your face.
He was so anxious to start the party he decided to open a present to get Mom's attention!
This is just one of the many new toys he got, so many that I couldn't show them all.
He really got into opening his presents.
Alex's Birthday cakes! One just for him to dig into and the other for him to share with his family! Thank You Aunt Karen for the cutest cakes ever!!!
Alex looks like he's not interested in his cake....
Alex's story began at the first ultrasound visit around 18 weeks. It was around this time that we found out he had a heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Alex has been an amazingly strong baby. He has had multiple surgeries starting during his first weeks of life.
Alex was placed on the heart transplant list and receved a heart just before his 4 month birthday. He has shown great strength and has humbled our family.
We feel truely blessed by all of the many helping hands and family support we have received, including his Grandpa Doug. Alex has a special bond with his Grandpa Doug who was also born with a heart defect. His Grandpa died due to heart problems associated with his heart defect January, 28 2006.
We feel his presence just being around Alex and know that they were together before Alex came to this earth. We also know that he watches over him constantly. Alex is a huge blessing to our family.
We are truly greatful to have such a special spirit with us. Seeing all of the hardships he has endured and still being able to smile the way he does brings a smile to everyone around him.