In honor of Liviana's 1st Birthday I have written her a letter and made a tribute video for her. Make sure you have your sound on. Enjoy!
My Dear Liviana,
I can't believe it has been a year already. I swear it was just yesterday that I was planning for your arrival with a combination of joy and fear. So small, yet so strong, describes you perfectly. You took CDH on head first and never looked back.
I prepared for every possibility with you. I researched anything and everything related to CDH so we would be prepared for the worse, yet hope for the best. I never anticipated you would kick CDH as hard and swift as you did. Not only did you beat CDH but you surprised us with heart and spinal issues that barely phased you and still don't today.
When I look in your eyes I see someone who already has learned an important life lesson...the lesson that life is too short, anything can happen, live each day as if it were your last. With your smile, your daily joy and your amazing interest in everything around you I feel as though you already know what you have been through. You already know that it could have easily been different and you could be an angel above with all the other CDH angels. I feel as though the CDH angels who have gone before and after you are with you, cheering you on each day.
I thank you for so much Liviana. I thank you for inspiring me. I thank you for challenging me. I thank you for making me smile in an instant. I thank you for bringing joy to your brother and sister's lives. I thank you for tucking your sweet hand under my chin each night as you sleep. I thank you for your loving gaze up at me as you nurse. I thank you for the peace you seem to exude. I thank you for teaching me about facing fears and being strong. I thank you for the hugs and cuddles. I thank you for teaching me about CDH and giving me hope that together we can fight it. I thank you for being such a fighter. I thank you for your spirit. I thank you for your sense of humor. I thank you for your feistiness. I thank you for being in our lives each and every day. I can't imagine a single moment without you.
Happy Birthday sweet girl. You made it here with strength, grace and perseverance. I look forward to what you will continue to teach me and bring to our family for all your years to come.
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