Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday Michael!

When you were just 15th months your beautiful baby sister arrived in this world.  From the moment she was born, we were filled with an overwhelming love and grief as we tried to understand the cruel set of cards our little Gabrielle was dealt.  You being so young and still a baby yourself was always by your little sisters side.  You used to call her "Gabyelle" and you loved to lie beside her and I always marvelled at your gentle nature with her.  You loved your sister who was just a year behind you, who should have followed in your footsteps for many years longer.  You two would have been in preschool together last year and only a year apart in school.  You were an amazing, gentle, kind brother to your little sister.

Happy 5th birthday Michael.  You have been through so much in your short life and we are so proud of you.  You have your sister's spirit alive and strong in you and I know how proud she is of the 5 year old you have become.  We love you our strong, brave, crazy, energetic, 'wears his heart on his sleeve' Mickey!

At 5 years old you love:

* being woken up in the morning by Jonny
* Jonny
* Ice cream at the beach
* Soccer
* Make believe play: sabre tooth tigers, ninjas, power rangers
* When Daddy doesn't talk in accents
* Knowing where everyone in his family is at all times

Newborn baby

First birthday and pregnant with Gabby.

2nd birthday at Canuck Place

3rd birthday card from Gabrielle

3rd birthday on the balcony outside Gabby's room at BCCH the night before your baby brother was born.

Icing lips

4th birthday party at home 

4th birthday boy

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