Seven {Happy Birthday, Apollo!}

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Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

This fighter, our heart warrior, is seven years old.

Seven.

And those browns eyes still get me every single time.

Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

Nothing has been easy with Apollo. Not his pregnancy, his birth or his first six years of life.

He has struggled to eat. To breathe. To sleep.

Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

If there was a medical complication possible, no matter how rare or remote, he was sure to have it.

He baffled doctors for 21 months with his mysterious illness. We were told he had allergies and reflux. When doctors couldn’t find a cause for his symptoms we were told wait and see if he would outgrow it (but what were we waiting for him to outgrow?)

Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

Apollo has had seven surgeries.

Adenoid removal.

Double aortic arch division.

G-tube placement.

Double aortic arch re-operation and rerouting his left subclavian artery.

Tonsils removed.

G-tube surgically removed.

G-tube site reopened after he developed a staph infection.

In addition, he has had upper GI’s, bronchoscopies, MRIs, CT scans, dozens of blood draws and x-rays.

Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

But here he is at seven (seven!) healthy and thriving for the first time in his life.

Apollo has become a strong reader and is enjoying his newfound health and energy.

Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

He isn’t even aware of much of his story.

His spirit does bear the mark of pain, hunger, and suffering he has experienced.

Each month that passes, though, I see those marks fading. He is learning to trust. Learning that not every stranger is going to hurt him. Learning he’s okay away from me and his siblings for a little while.

He is making friends and gaining new interests.

Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

The night before his seventh birthday this happened.

He was telling me that he really hoped his tooth came out before school started…I assured him it would since it was already loose. The next thing he said was, “It’s out!”

Apollo is SEVEN! He is a fighter, a warrior, and a sweet little boy all wrapped in one.

He wasn’t even trying to pull. It just came out.

And if you ask me, that’s the very best way to do it.

Happy seventh birthday, Apollo!

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7 Responses

  1. Kristine Kuschmierz

    Wow, all of you have been through so much. My heart goes out to you!

  2. I love this boy!

  3. Happy Birthday Apollo! Praise the Lord for his healing. I only “know” you all from your blog yet I feel tremendous gratitude for the way Apollo’s life has been improving. I’m so very happy for you!

  4. Hi momma is a warrior too!

  5. Such beautiful, happy photos of such a NORMAL KID. I had a hard time reading to the end, had to keep wiping tears away. I’ve been reading your blog for several years now, and as my “baby” is 7, too (she’s two weeks older than Apollo), I’ve always known exactly how old your baby is, which has been nice when he’s been brought to my mind and my prayers at odd moments. Thank you for sharing so much of your life with the cyberworld. I hope you have some idea of what an encouragement you are to so many people who have never met you…

  6. Extra blessings to your sweet little boy!! May the way forward be much easier and brighter for him ,and by extension you.BLESSINGS!!

  7. Agnes Kőszeghy

    Wow, happy birthday!

    Isn’t it hard that your youngest one is growing up?
    I mean, you were always surrounded with young children. When the first ones grew older, you got younger ones. But now the youngest is seven! Although, he definitely had difficult times earlier.
    I think the hardest part in having children is that they will grow up.

    Have a bright future, Apollo!

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