Happy 17th Birthday Emily

Today was Emily’s 17th birthday. 

My baby is getting older… And I am so proud of the young lady she’s becoming. 

She is the reason for this blog, she is the reason that I am who I am. 

My baby is 17. 

Her Cri du Chat Syndrome diagnosis doesn’t define her. She defines herself!

Over the years, when other kids went to birthday parties and sleep-overs, Emily stayed home with us. 

The thing is, it’s difficult for her to make friends.  She has been invited to less than a handful of birthday parties in 17 years.

This year, a couple of really great things happened. 

First, she got a birthday card from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.    


Who else got that?  

She also got tons of Facebook messages and likes!

I posted on my wall that my baby is 17. My status received 93 likes and 48 comments. I’ve read them all to Emily. 

I posted on the Cri du Chat support group and we got 97 likes and 26 comments. Again, I took time to read them all to Emily. 

Emily’s runner from the “I run 4 Michael” group posted on the group’s Facebook page that it was Emily’s birthday. We got 133 likes and 27 comments. 

If you have a child who is sick or has special needs, you should really look them up on Facebook. Hundreds of runners are looking for buddies to dedicate their training to and build a friendship with. It’s an amazing community. We love our runner Sonia. 

Today, my girl received over 300 likes and 101 comments so far.  She received birthday wishes from all over the world!

My girl today felt like a rock star and has I took time to show her posts of Hello Kitty and Koala wearing birthday hat, I cried. 

It’s amazing how much I have cried in the last 17 years. 

Sad tears, happy tears, upset tears, proud tears. 

Happy Birthday Baby girl!  Thank you for loving me and being my favorite girl. You are awesome. 

And, yes!  You can have a Frozen theme party for your 17th birthday. 

I love you!   


The best gifts are free

I did it!

I’m officially 40

I’ve been 40 for 6 weeks or so and I’ve been thinking about my birthday.

I was spoiled

I booked the day off

Had breakfast at a restaurant all by myself


Spent the day at the spa.

I was massaged, wrapped, creamed and got all 20 of my nails painted pretty.

My boss dropped my favorite salad for me at the spa and she made sure I had a celebration drink.


After it all, I have to admit that the best part of my day was when Emily gave me my birthday gift.

In the car, during our commute to school that morning Emily took her Justin Bieber CD out of the radio and replaced him with my Bon Jovi CD

When I asked her what she was doing she simply said : “Happy Birthday mom”


She picked Wanted Dead or Alive and did her best to sing along.

It’s been 6 weeks, my CD is still there.


Best gift ever!!!