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.