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A Letter to Caleigh on Her 10th Birthday

Raising the Rare ChildHolly D. GrayComment

Dear Sweet Caleigh, 

Today you turn Ten. You're a pre-teen now and you are so completely excited to have that title. I've spent the last month trying to convince you to stay nine forever. As stubborn as ever, you jumped ahead another year.

How is it possible that a decade has passed? I'm still trying to wrap my brain around it. You blew past early predications and continue to stretch the rules. You break barriers and will forever be our strong girl. You push when Daddy and I are tired and ready to quit. You push and survive when your body is tired and complicated. You keep everyone on their toes at all times. You made me a mom ten years ago and you continue to make me a better person everyday. 

Every time I look at your sweet face, I see my tiny fragile NICU baby. Your flowing curls, soft pale skin, and beautiful brown eyes amaze me. I see all the knowledge and wonder in those eyes. Your'e the smartest kid I know. As your mom, I feel every feeling you have. Each movement, expression and sound speaks to me more than any verbal words could reach. I feel that we are connected on a level very few understand. I know when your sick, sad, overwhelmed, exhausted, happy and excited without a single word. You are growing up so unbelievably fast, but we will always have this unwritten connection. 

Mommy and Daddy are forever proud of you. Keep giggling, sassing off and moving mountains. We love you, pumpkin.

Happy Birthday! 

I LOVE you, 

Mom

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Caleigh Amelia Gray

201 Days in the NICUHolly D Gray6 Comments

Caleigh Amelia Gray

was born at an early 29 wks on 8-15-07 at 2:25 pm. She weighed in at 2lbs. 2 oz.

Her first Gastro surgery went well and she will be having another in the next few 2 days. She is a fighter very feisty, beautiful, and amazing.

Mommy and Daddy are doing fine and Caleigh is doing as well as expected.

There will be a long road ahead. Please pray for a steady recovery from prematurity and surgeries to come.

Thanks to everyone for their continued prayers and support. Were sorry we haven't gotten back with everyone's phone calls. The way Caleigh responds and looks changes daily. She is truly doing an amazing job. We will try to keep everyone updated as soon as things settle down.

Thanks for everything and Much love,

Holly, Eric and Caleigh

You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Mommy & Daddy right before c-section & Caleigh

Caleigh, a few minutes after birth. Her Gastro belly wrapped up. 2 lbs. 2 oz. with plastic wrap.

Caleigh, about 8 hrs after surgery. Her little hat protects her eyes from the bright lights. They still had her sedated so she can rest.

Caleigh, day 2, she gets to put on her super hero glasses to protect her eyes from the jaundice lamps. Her skin is tight with fluid and shiny. Caleigh started responding to our voices. Look how little compared to daddy's hand!

Mommy and Daddy with baby Caleigh

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