Sunday, May 22

celebrating the Bugg

It is crazy to think that just five years ago, a sweet eight-pound baby bugg was born. His entrance into our lives was one of such joy, uncertainty, confusion, love and wonder. I was amazed at the miracle I held in my arms, and also overwhelmed at what the future held. He didn't have a diagnosis but we knew that something was very wrong with his brain. And while I'd like to just say that I carried on as if I knew nothing, I was crushed.

I wish I could have my present (much wiser) self go back to that day. Back to that birthing room. Back to that 26 year old helpless and hurting mama.

I'd say to her, "This boy is going to change your life for the better. He is going to show you joy you've never experienced. He will teach you. He will love you. He will show you what this life is really about. He is going to touch a million zillion other people, too. All this, without perhaps ever speaking a word. Press on, sister, you are in for a joyful ride!"

......or something like that......

Well, great, now that I'm bawling................

So our Bugg turned five.
His homemade crown:
They have hi 5 buttons at WalMart!
And hi 5 fabric & bug stickers at JoAnn's!
In preparation for his day,
we planted some magical birthday seeds.
It only took 3 days to grow!

These cookies were the magical product!

On birthday Eve,
we sat around by candlelight
and talked about
Bugg's birth and looked at pictures.
It was so special
and my heart was bursting with gratitude for the
truly perfect spirit that God sent to our family.

Oatmeal for him,
donuts for the rest of us.
Then we left to Bugg's preschool graduation.

Bugg performed ABC's,
recited The Hungry Caterpillar,
and sang the Bear Hunt
with smiles and precision with the help of Miss Britt.

Yes, a haircut for Mia!
If you remember,
we weren't even going to send Wyatt to preschool.
But we decided to and I'll be forever grateful!
The experiences we've had the past two years are
absolute treasures.
He has learned so much.
Maybe he still can't write his name or speak or walk.....
but he has come a long way.
He's sitting and standing!
He is so much more attentive, interactive,
and his babbling has increased to more syllables.

I learned that there are some very, VERY
awesome people in this world that could see
the potential in our special boy.
And that indeed,
they could love Bugg so much,
that they shout from the rooftops when he does something new.
His teacher, Miss Rachael,
has such amazing optimism and joy in her job.
She would send me emails and video clips of Wyatt at school,
doing cute & silly & new things.
She worked with him a lot.

And Miss Britt,
Wyatt's adored one-on-one.
Remember how we fought for her?
She has so tenderly been by his side to
help & play with him,
do therapies and art projects,
make him giggle and get a full experience from school.

All these angels loved Bugg.
They are my friends.
I will miss them so much!
Basically, preschool graduation was called
Bawlfest 2011!

My ma & Brian's parents came, too!

Wyatt's new set of wheels!
The cozy coop is awesome
because it has a foot rest.
That way we can wheel Bugg around
without his feet dragging.

And, of course, these two
get a kick out of it.
We took to a different set of wheels.......

and went rollerskating!
What a blast!
There's nothin' like flying through the air
pushing Bugg around and around the rink.

Mia rocks the scooter.

love his cool-dude pose

We had originally planned a shindig
in the canyon with family
to celebrate Bugg's Hi 5.
But you all know how wet & cold it's been.
So we had a humble lil' party at home
with some uncles & friends.
The cake was delicious
and easy on Bugg's picky chomps.

crepe paper "5"

Bugg was falling asleep during the party.
It had been an eventful day.
So I gave his gnawed, blistered sweet hand a High 5
and tucked my big boy
five year old into bed.
I am surely loving this joyful ride!


  1. What sweet celebrations for a sweet, sweet, boy. I had to breath deep when I read about your thoughts of you as the new young mom to this special little boy. I think all of us as mom to special kiddos could echo your sentiments. These things truly are consecrated for our good. Once again, Happy b-day Bug!

  2. Bawlfest 2011 (at preschool) is right!!! Never cried so hard at preschool graduation before! Not only has Bugg stolen our hearts but your family has too! What a handsome baby and big5 boy he is!!!

  3. So so sweet. Wish I could have been there for the graduation.

  4. I love the way you speak about Wyatt. You are right about the way he touches outher people, without saying a word. Having him in primary is such a wonderful blessing. When I hear him laughing, my heart is warmed and I feel his special spirit so strongly. I can't help but think he is one of the most pure souls that has ever been on this earth. I love that little boy. And you are such an AMAZING mother.

  5. Isn't it the most wonderful, amazing preschool experience ever?!?!?!?! I'm glad you got to get your Bugg in there. My girls haven't had "special needs", but they benefited SO MUCH from the loving care of those teachers! Sabrina was telling me again today how sad she is that preschool is over, even though she is looking forward to kindergarten.

  6. Happy birthday to your sweetest boy! He is so blessed to have been born into your family and you guys are so blessed to have him!

  7. beautiful post...
    i love the special activities you did for bugg's special day, which is celebrating your journey as well.
    (ps i love mia's haircut!)

  8. There is something about the magical age of 5! That was one of my favorite milestones with Ben. So great. :) I love the way you celebrate! Keep on keepin' on! xo

  9. Oh what a wonderful High 5 celebration! Hip Hip Hooray!! xoxoxoxox!!!!


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