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Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Hayden James :)

WoW!!!  Hayden's 3rd year of life flew by.  We had a lot of great times and some not so great times.  All in all it has been a pretty amazing year for Hayden.  Every year around Hayden's birthday I write him a letter to reflect back on the year and put it in his baby book.  So here it goes!!

July 13, 2011

Dear Hayden,

I can't believe that it is your fourth birthday already.  What an amazing year you have had with lots of big changes.  I look at you and feel incredibly blessed to have you as a son.  You bring our family so much joy.  You continue to motivate us to become better people.  You force us to think outside the box and look at the world in a totally different way.  You also out smart me almost every day :)  Your creativity is truly remarkable!!

You currently love Thomas The Train, Disney Cars, and Toy Story.  Your favorite thing to do is to swim in the pool at Grammie and PaPa's house, play outside, play with your cars and trains, and anything else that includes running, jumping, and flying through the air.  You enjoy singing songs and dancing in the kitchen with Mommy and Ruby. Your gross motor skills are unbelievable.

Right now you are learning to swim and ride your bike.  You can count to 30, say and recognize all the alphabets, know all shapes, and colors.  You are learning how to read sight words.  You are completely toilet day and night.

You continue to grow stronger and healthier each day.  You weigh 32 lbs and are 38 inches tall.  You continue to broaden your diet with the exception of vegetables.  You still only eat green beans.  This makes Ruby happy because she loves veggies and has no problem eating your portion!!  Your favorite food is cantaloupe.

This year you started going to a Montessori School and overall had a great year. It was pretty amazing how quickly you adjusted from being away from Daddy and I. 

Your vocabulary is now at a normal 4 year old level!!!  I am so proud of you :)  We still have a ways to go with how you socially use your words, but steady progress is being made every day.

 You use both right hand and left hand for all things you do:)  I think this is a sign that you are a genius!

Health wise is still a struggle.  You had to be hospitalized twice this spring for asthma and RSV.  Your gut is getting healthier and healthier.  We are currently working on getting the heavy metals out of your body.  This has been hard on all of us.  It makes you hyper, irritable, and you don't sleep well.  I am hopeful that we are getting close to the end of chelation!!!

You are doing an 1.5 hours of hyperbaric oxygen therapy daily for 30 days then off for 30 days.  You also continue to take 26 different supplements a day.  You are on a strict organic diet still.  You don't eat gluten ,dairy, pork, lemon, strawberry, almonds, food coloring, and mustard.  I think I have the hang of it and have found yummy replacement food.

You have become very close to Ruby.  The first thing you do in the morning is go check on Ruby.  You play well together as long as she does not get your cars.  You also fight over Jessie from Toy Story.  Daddy says that the two of you wrestle, but I have yet to witness it.  You like to read Ruby books and work on arts and craft projects together.  You are a great big brother and Ruby adores you.

You are truly an incredible person Hayden!!  I will always be your number one fan :)



Hayden and Gaige at the zoo.  Gaige is one of your best buddies :)

Your first day of Montessori School August 2010

Making Pumpkin muffins with out underwear ;) November 2010

The sea lions are still your favorite animals at the zoo :)

Happy 4th Birthday Hayden James!!!!