Thursday, April 20, 2006

Elijah is one year old!

Elijah Timothy Hsu was born on Apr. 8, 2005, and we just celebrated his first birthday a few weeks ago with family and friends. In Chinese culture, the first birthday is quite significant, perhaps even more so than the actual birth, because of historically high infant mortality rates - many kids didn't make it beyond that first year. So the first birthday is an occasion of much rejoicing.

This is especially true for Elijah, since at first we thought he might have Trisomy 13 or 18 rather than Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), so we could have been planning a funeral around this time rather than his first birthday. Needless to say, we are so glad to have him and treasure every day we have with him.

He had three birthday parties - one with family, then an open house for friends, and then another party at Gigi's Playhouse Too with other kids with Down syndrome with April birthdays. Here are some pics from his parties.


Anonymous said...

I happened upon your blog today doing my usual surf of all things T21/DS. Your family is beautiful and Happy Birthday Elijah!

If you have some time, please stop by my blog, dedicated to my youngest child who has Down syndrome.

Tara Marie said...

Happy Birthday Elijah!!! We found your blog through Always Chaos's blog as she finds the most incredible links and information regarding T21.

What a beautiful family you are part of Elijah, and we too are so thankful that you are celebrating your first year!

Michelle said...

Happy first Birthday Elijah! First birthday's are wonderful and so much fun to celebrate! Your son is adorable!

Shelley said...

Happy birthday Elijah! Such a wonderful day and such beautiful photoes.

I found your blog via Always Chaos too - rnp does good work!

I have twins - 18 months - one has T21. I know exactly what you mean about that first birthday being special. For my twins it was finally a time to celebrate and thank all the family and friends who had been so wonderful and supprotive during my pregnancy and in the difficult times after the twins birth. We too wanted to thank God for His precious gifts to us and the twins were baptised on the morning of their birthday party.

Great blog. I look forward to reading about ELijah's progress.