Juliana’s 1st Birthday

Juliana is one year old today. She was born at 4:22 p.m. at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Her sisters were born at 4:23 and 4:24. All four of our lives were in extreme danger that day, and the danger continued for the precious babies. Although much tragedy ensued in the following days, Juliana showed her amazing strength and ability to fight for her life. She has survived to be a beautiful, healthy, determined, opinionated, smart, music-loving, book-reading, active, happy little baby. Every second of every day is better because she is in the world. She is our pride and constant joy.

She is starting to eat more solid foods, really enjoying her squash today. She is on the verge of either crawling or walking, or both. Her days are filled with reading books, playing with toys, going for walks, trying to chase the kitty, smiles, drools, and saying “ba-ba” for nothing in particular. She loves animals, playing the piano, looking at herself in the mirror, walking in the Baby Bjorn, and most of all: her mommy and daddy.

We got settled in our new house just in time to host some friends and family to celebrate her birthday on Sabbath. We will post pictures shortly.

This day will always be bittersweet for us. But the sweet grows sweeter every day that we spend with Juliana. God has given us such a gift in the blessing that is her life. We will never take that for granted. Juliana, we love you.

7 thoughts on “Juliana’s 1st Birthday

  1. She is such a sweet little girl that always brings a huge smile to my face and you two are such wonderful parents! I’m sure that yesterday was very emotional in so many ways, and I thought about you and Jason too many times to count. You guys are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. I am so blessed to have all three of you in my life. I love you all so much!

  2. Nicely said, Megan. Laurie and I also were a bit preoccupied Monday, reflecting on what the past year has meant to all of us.

    J&J, you continue to amaze us and make us proud. Juliana will want for nothing a little girl should have, including the commitment, time, and attention of her parents. We never doubted this, but it is very satisfying to watch. We are very proud of you.

  3. Such a sweet, sweet message!!! Thanks for posting and looking forward to some pictures. Hugs and prayers to you all!

  4. She is a precious, precious child, and very blessed to have such wonderful parents. It is obvious that she adores you as much as you adore her. What beautiful love!

    I am very touched by your willingness to share Juliana with all of us. It really means so much to this Grammy to be able to spend so much time playing with, feeding, reading to, and rocking your darling baby. Thank you.

    Thanks be to God for Juliana.

  5. Happy Birthday sweet girl! I wish I could have been there, but it was already booked to be family time. I was thinking about all of you that day, and hoping that you had a nice celebration.

  6. Happy Happy Birthday Juliana!! I love all the recent pics, she is growing so fast! I hope you guys had a great day being together as a family and celebrating Juliana’s amazing 1st year!

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