Catching Up: a December to Remember

Hey Friends!  Don’t worry, I didn’t forget you: it’s just been quite a busy month and some change.  December was a really great month, though, I wanted to share with you everything that had been going on.  Nolan got to do a lot of fun things like visit the organic farm with his brothers:

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And he even got his school pictures.  I mean look at this cute kid:

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But one of the big reasons for celebration was Nolan and Grant’s birthday!  Our big boys turned 3 and it’s always a great time with our family.  We’re so thankful for our double-trouble.  We even got to celebrate their birthday at school:

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A week later, on Dec 17th we always mark the anniversary of Nolan’s first surgery, the Norwood procedure.  We never forget how scary and stressful that time was, and my wife spends each year gathering items for the kids and families in the CVICU so we can bring them to the hospital on the anniversary of Nolan’s Heart Day.  This year she collected lots of socks and headbands and also her famous little heart hats:

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The twins’ school also had a silent auction where we stumbled upon this incredible Tin Man, which we won and gifted to the pediatric cardiology office as a way of thanking them for all they do:

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And, of course, we can’t forget to remember just how far Nolan has come in the 3 years since his Heart Day.  As I see him play and hear him sing his ABC’s, it really fortunate to have every moment with this little boy…you’ve come a long way, buddy!

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Finally we couldn’t wrap up December without one more big celebration…CHRISTMAS!  Christmas is already my favorite holiday and I’ve grown to appreciate it even more now that I have kids.  I love watching the joy in their eyes when we set up our tree for the first time or as they see a new present to play with.  I remember Nolan’s first Christmas, which was in the hospital, and the generosity of strangers as his room was filled with presents.  It’s just such a special time for us and the kids all got some pretty cool stuff this year.  For Nolan, his favorite gift was a big boy 12″ bicycle that looks like a motorcycle.  To be honest, I was worried his short little legs weren’t going to reach the pedals…after all, he just started riding a little tricycle just last month (yes, it took that long for him to get to that point physically).  But on Christmas day we brought him downstairs and he was like “A MOTORCYCLE!” and immediately wanted on.  His feet reached the pedals but he didn’t have the strength to do it…so my wife and I sacrificed our lower backs and pushed him round and round the house (it was raining Christmas day here) and he was just SO happy.  In fact, he refused to open any other presents because he liked the bike so much:

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But then….THEN…something clicked in Mr. Nolan.  He started to pedal the bike…completely on his own.  And I will tell you something, that kid never acted more happy and free as when he can pedal his own big boy motorcycle around the house.  And THAT, my friends, is some real Christmas joy right there!  Far and away my favorite memory of Christmas this year.

I hope everyone had a great December and enjoyed Holidays with friends and family!

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About Chris Perez

My name is Chris aka HLHS Dad: I’m married with 3 sons. I love photography and the New York Yankees. I’m an admitted pizza snob and amateur balloon animal maker. Every now and then you can catch me being serious…but most of the time I’m quoting random commercials or lines from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

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