It’s a term I use often, but I don’t just throw it around, it has meaning. I think many of you would agree with me when I say that Peyton is a “miracle child”. And after seeing the changes in her over the past month, I’d like to call it a Christmas miracle. As we arrive at this holiday week, I can’t help but tear up and smile as I look at how far Peyton has come.
Miss P has made strides in the past year, slowly catching up in development and reaching milestones we weren’t sure were ever possible. While she could only say “uh huh” on her 2nd birthday, it’s a completely different story today. In the past few weeks, Peyton has taken off. Not just with words, but with sentences, counting and colors. You may be reading this and thinking, “That’s not a big deal, kids do things at their own pace.” But for us, it’s a miracle! OK, maybe that’s not quite the right term, but it sure feels like a miracle after months and months of frustration. It’s so difficult watching your child try as hard as they can, only to get stuck every day in the same spot. That’s been the story of Peyton’s life. She has to work hard in everything she does, and for a micro-preemie like her, it takes a long time to reach those goals. Even just 2-3 months ago, we weren’t sure that Peyton would be ready for preschool at the age of 3 because you need to be able to communicate. And while she mastered sign language, Peyton couldn’t talk. Fast forward to today and there is no question whether she will be ready. We’ve already been in touch with a local preschool and we’re ready to take a look in the coming months!
This was the last major hurdle for P, and it was a tough one. Peyton’s speech therapists think she may have a condition called Apraxia. P’s brain knows what she wants to say, but it has trouble coordinating it with her mouth. Her words don’t always come out correctly, so it leads to many moments of us looking puzzled, trying to figure out what she wants to say. There are many other symptoms she displays, but it’s something she will overcome in time. Luckily, her therapists are helping her tremendously and we are beyond proud. It’s wonderful to ask her what she wants for breakfast and to hear Peyton say, “pancake” or “egg”. She understands so much and is picking up words that we had no idea was in her vocabulary!
As we celebrate Christmas this week, we’ll have a full house with my parents arriving from San Diego. It’s a magical time for our family since this is the first year that Peyton is beginning to understand Santa and the other holiday traditions. I can’t wait to see Peyton’s eyes light up when she sees my parents and I look forward to the giant grin as she opens presents. And I can’t help but think how blessed we are. There will always be that moment of sadness as we watch Peyton and know that her brother and sister should be sharing in her excitement. But Parker and Abby are here in spirit and we have special ways we remember them this time of year.
A viewer made three little baby booties shortly after my children passed away. The ornaments fit beautifully on our tree every year. And just today, a sign from above. Peyton clicked the mouse on our computer. A picture popped up and she looked at me and smiled as she said, “Parker”. A special moment that let me knew my triplets are here with me. Have a wonderful Christmas. I hope it’s filled with love, laughter and family and friends.
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