“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same.” -Franz Peter Schubert ~~~
How is it possible that this little baby…
is now almost three?
In just four more days she’ll be three!!!
In three years she’s had over 15 surgeries, procedures and sedations. She’s had countless therapy and doctor appointments. She endures seemingly endless poking and prodding (especially her ears and mouth). She’s learned how to crawl, walk, and even eat. As of June 5th, she is TWENTY-ONE POUNDS!!!!! (Yes, that’s right! 21 big ones!) She’s learning how to communicate in sign language. She’s an independent soul, defying expectations and blazing her own path.
A friend recently told me she watched a documentary on the making of Elmo (Being Elmo). For those that may not know, Elmo, a fuzzy red monster, is perhaps the most popular character on Sesame Street. The puppeteer, Kevin Clash says he constructed Elmo to represent love. My friend said she immediately thought of Gia. Gia is just like Elmo, she said, Gia is love.
For those of you that know her, I think you would agree. I will add that while she is much quieter than Elmo, in my opinion, she is also a tad bit cuter (or at least she probably doesn’t shed as much as the furry red monster)…. AND, I’m pretty sure Elmo doesn’t weigh twenty-one pounds either!
As a newly-turned three year old, Gia will be playing her first baseball game on July 26th at the Missoula Osprey Stadium! She will play ball, along with Anna, in the All- Abilities Baseball Game. This is a fund-raiser for the All-Abilities Playground we are trying to build in Missoula. The All-Abilities Playground is a place where kids, parents, and families with and without disabilities can play together. A place where Gia can make friends, a place with sensory equipment that will excite her, a place where her wheelchair-bound Grandmother can take her, a place where she and Anna can play with other special needs kiddos and their families. A place of many possibilities.
We would be so grateful if you could make a donation to Gia’s pledge page to help build this playground. It would make such a nice birthday gift to help give her, and our community, a place where it’s OK to just be Gia. Plus, it’s tax-deductable! (Click here to donate: http://playgroundproject.dojiggy.com/Gia)
Thank you all for your support now and over the past three years.
Happy Birthday Beautiful Gia!